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Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 (completed)

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    July, 2016
Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:01 PM

Thanks Pawel. And yes, posting as I went would have been better.

-J

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    June, 2013
Posted by bvallot on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:54 AM

Johnny, this looks like a miraculous save. You're definitely staying the course quite well. The effort shows. =] It's a lot of fun watching the little things come together. Looking forward to the finish!

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    July, 2016
Posted by Johnny1000 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:50 PM

Thanks bvallot! That means a lot--your dash 3 conversion is really inspiring.

And here's the finish:

 

 

That electrical box. The four victory flags represent his tally. 

Guadalcanal is rainy and hot in November. 

There's a bunch of things nagging, but it's time to move on, so I'm calling this done. (And it only took me a year and three tries.)

Thanks for looking! 

-J

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:15 PM

Nice job! That looks great!

-BD-

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:33 PM

Nice to see it finished, looks pretty nice.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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    July, 2016
Posted by Johnny1000 on Friday, October 13, 2017 11:57 AM

Thanks guys

A sort of postscript: last night my 6 year old son was practicing bobbling a tennis ball in the living room. Where I thought I might display this model on a shelf—what with it both referencing family history and being the fruit of not inconsiderable labor.

You see where this is going...

 

That ball zeroed in on that Wildcat like a... uh, like a Zero on Wildcat, I guess. Bam!

I don't have a pic, but the repairs weren't all that bad after all--it detached from the base and the rudder and canopy were knocked off, but luckily the antenna wire didn't break. The posts surely would have had they not been refabricated in brass, so that turned out to be a useful exercise. 

But man, this model is surely cursed! Maybe I'll just put it in a box. 

-J 

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    May, 2006
  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:50 PM
That is a great Wildcat , Johnny. Thanks for shareing your journey.

On the Bench:

     1/48 Star Wars X-wing

On Deck:

     1/48 P-47D Razorback

     1/48 Nieuport Ni-17

     1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

    

  • Member since
    June, 2013
Posted by bvallot on Friday, October 13, 2017 2:24 PM

I almost started to lose it there for a moment reading your update on what is beginning to sound like a nice little ghost story of sorts for your Wildcat. Talk about bad luck! Good Lord....

Even still, you've got one nice looking Wildcat. She's something to be proud of. =] Canopy looks nice, engine is a definite upgrade, cockpit turned out really nice, elevators, painting/markings, "I's dotted and T's crossed"...I could go on. Thank you for sharing her and your story with us all. I think that's the best part really. Pretty soon the only way we'll hear their stories is through second and third hand information and the truth about what happened will get muddier through time unless we better preserve this part of our history.

Looking forward to your next build. =]

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    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Friday, October 13, 2017 6:24 PM

Looks great!

Wonderful payoff for dogged persistance over several obstacles.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    July, 2016
Posted by Johnny1000 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:12 AM

Thanks guys. 

I really wish I had had smarter, better informed conversations with my grandfather (all my grandparents, actually). By the time I was old enough, my interests had moved on to other things, and then of course he died before they moved back—he would be 98 now.

There’s many just with this part of his service: what was Joe Foss, Harold Bauer, Marion Carl, etc really like? What were the circumstances of each of your four victories? Was is a disappointment to not get a fifth? (I could see him not caring about being an “ace”.) What was running through your head the first time you scrambled to your plane to greet incoming Betty’s? What was it like to NOT be on the flight list when there was a scramble? What was it like for an American flyer on leave in Sydney during the battle for Guadalcanal (which saved Australia) and so on.

Next up for me is a Corsair from his second tour in 1944 (again with Joe Foss) in VMF-115 at Emirau.

-J

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    May, 2006
  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:49 AM

Johnny1000
I really wish I had had smarter, better informed conversations with my grandfather (all my grandparents, actually). By the time I was old enough, my interests had moved on to other things, and then of course he died before they moved back—he would be 98 now.

 

Johnny, I know what you mean. My father was with the 101st Airborne during WWII. There were lots of stories that I never bothered to get the detail on; now it is too late!

On the Bench:

     1/48 Star Wars X-wing

On Deck:

     1/48 P-47D Razorback

     1/48 Nieuport Ni-17

     1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

    

  • Member since
    July, 2016
Posted by Johnny1000 on Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:46 PM

Shipwreck: yes. (That reminds me that I should call my mother...)

One more historical bit...

The VMF-223 war diary from Sept 27, 1942. My grandfather was part of a small advance echelon from VMF-121. The legenary Marion Carl was the only one to bag a kill this day.

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:57 AM

Nice job.  I did a hellcat way back with resin wings, gear bay and all the fiddly bits .   Yours looks fantastic.  Nice job on the seams and detail.   Well done!

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