F4F-4 Wildcat – Cat of the Pacific War
Today story will be short. The Airfix F4F Wildcat model is quite a popular model available for many years. I wanted to face him. As it turned out, it has a lot of imperfections that can effectively discourage novice modelers. Joining the fuselage halves was a nightmare. Also the wings didn't fit perfectly. The engine had a lot of flash. Despite this, I can consider the construction successful, because the final effect meets my expectations. There are a lot of nice details in the cabin. The fairing can be made in the open position. The final effect is also accompanied by good Mr Color paints. In particular, I liked the gray-blue color used in the early period of fighting in the Pacific. In addition, traces of use made of weathering pencils. A small diorama ends the presentation, and of course the pilot figure. First Leutenant James E. Sweet flew one mission to Guadalcanal in this machine. April 7, 1943 Achieved a surprising success, knocking down 7 enemy machines, but he have to forced ditching at sea on damaged machine. He was uninjured and soon returned to flying the F4U. Was the Wildcat actually much weaker than the Zero fighter? It was inferior to it in climb speed and maximum speed (slightly). However, it was much more resistant to damage, and the firepower allowed it to destroy an enemy fighter in one long burst. The use of new pairing tactics (Tach's wave) and not getting into a dogfight with the Zero Fighter gave the Wildcat pilots a chance to come out victorious against the Zeros.
To all modelers and modelers Lieutenant Lis wishes you a Merry Christmas and many new models and designs and will be back soon with a new breathtaking project.
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