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1:32 Trumpeter F4F-4 Wildcat


Mish
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It's been a while since my last large scale build, this is due to other smaller projects and a serious loss of mojo. Anyway, mojo restored this will be my next build.

 

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She will be built as an Atlantic bird from USS Ranger circa 1942 using Techmod decals. As Trumpeter don't provide either moulded or Photo Etch I will be using some Fabric and PE belts from HGW, and she will be painted using MR. PAINT.

 

Here's the after market bits:

 

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The fuselage halves to judge the size

 

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Realising that a 6 inch square space on the bench will not be big enough it was time for a tidy up.

 

The bench cleared for action

 

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Anyway, my progress. Started on the cockpit and it all goes together well but to me sadly lacking in detail. I know the Wildcat was a basic aircraft but there is just something missing from the kit. The painting guide is non-existent so I will need to refer to references to get the cockpit right.

 

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Later today I will tackle the seat harness and side frames along with a bit of weathering.

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Thank's guys.

 

Thanks but it way too late now, anyway it's 100% better than what Trumpeter suggest.

Anyway on with my build. Spent the morning making up the HGW seat belts, and yes I know the belt should go over the bar behind the seat but it's moulded and I'm not that good at scratch building.

 

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Next, I've put the side Panels in and again had to guess at the colours.

 

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This afternoon I started work on the engine.

 

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I still have to put the heads in place and I will add the ignition leads.

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