this kit is the Grumman F3F-2 from Accurate Miniatures, with some figures from Tamiya and Tori Factory. I have built the kit about 10 years ago and the model was gathering dust because of lack of space in my showcase.
This is the Accurate Miniature F3F-1 biplane. I made it back in 2000 when it was first released. I made the kit straight out of the box, which included the etched rigging. If memory serves me right, any of the F3F-1 squadrons could be made [...]
Built this one, with my Dad, more than once in the dark ages, always fighting the working landing gear. Well, this one works (when will it give out? The shadow knows). Built right out of the (old) box, axles melted over to hold the wheels [...]
Since everyone liked the Marine F3F-2, here's a Navy F3F-2 of Fighting 6 aboard USS Enterprise.
This is a model of the airplane that Fred MacMurray's character "crashed" during the high altitude test in "Dive Bomber." [...]
This is the Accurate Miniatures gem - I was so happy when they finally released a good model of my favorite Grumman fighter. The model is done OOB with kit decals, to depict F3F-2 BuNo 0976, flown by 1st Lt. Bob Galer of VMF-2.
On August [...]
Here's my attempt at the 1:48 Accurate Miniatures Grumman F3F-1, and it's built straight from the box. The only thing I added was the antenna wires. The kit is a real jewel - any flaws are mine alone. Accurate Miniatures was my favorite [...]
Back in 1997, various air museums were having "Grumman flights." Out at Planes of Fame, they pulled off the Grumman Flight to end all Grumman Flights: F3F-2, FM-2, F6F-5, F7F-3, F8F-2, and TBM-3. I got this shot out of the [...]
This is my favorite kit of all time. 1/48 scale. I painted this entirely with Tamiya spray cans, except for the red cowl ring. The cowl ring was painted with a Testors lacquer spray can red that was an exact match for the Yellow Wings [...]