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

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

Nice job! That looks great!

-BD-

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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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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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Posted by Shipwreck on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:50 PM
That is a great Wildcat , Johnny. Thanks for shareing your journey.

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Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

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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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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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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 were 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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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!

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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.

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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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Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:23 PM

Thanks keavdog!

-J

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:24 AM

FWIW, today (Nov 7) is the 75th anniversary of when my grandfather ditched this Wildcat off of Malaita. (It's also the same day Joe Foss was shot down.)

The story, as relayed to me as a small child, mostly revolved around the fact that there were cannibals on the island, which sounded gruesome. However, as a practical matter, Japanese patrols represented a far greater danger. 

Anyway, thought I'd share. 

Thanks

-J

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 10:29 AM

Your model turned out really nice, and I really, really enjoyed the story behind it.  I look forward to your build log on the Corsiar.  

Scott

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 3:02 AM
Wow! that turned out great. I know what you mean about interests changing at different points in our lives. I didn't take a huge interest in my grandfather's service until I was well out of my teens, but he died when I was two and he never wanted to talk about it anyways. Thanks for sharing your story.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 4:17 PM

Thanks Scott! The Corsair has gotten off to a promising, if pokey, start. 

Lawdog, thanks! That means a lot—I'm a big fan of your builds. I appreciated the backstory with that recent Jug of yours as well. I think you should do up that B17 again (but of course, that's easy for me to say). 

-J

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 4:32 PM

That Wildcat is fantastic.  I will be starting my own Tamiya Wildcat shortly.

Thanks a lot for setting the bar so dCensored high.  Stick out tongue  Going to look over this thread more than a few times for ideas.  This will be my third plane ever, so this WIP will be a treasure trove considering what a great job you did.

Glad your kit survived the dreaded heat seeking tennis ball, at least mostly.

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 5:23 PM

Wow, you're doing a fantastic job! A fine tribute to your grandpa!

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 10:10 PM

ManCityFan

That Wildcat is fantastic.  I will be starting my own Tamiya Wildcat shortly.

Thanks a lot for setting the bar so dCensored high.  Stick out tongue  Going to look over this thread more than a few times for ideas.  This will be my third plane ever, so this WIP will be a treasure trove considering what a great job you did.

Glad your kit survived the dreaded heat seeking tennis ball, at least mostly.

D

Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to seeing your Wildcat. That was my first plane (or build at all) in a really long time, but it basically took me three tries, so we're about even. 

-J

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 10:11 PM

Thanks Gamera!

-J

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Posted by JOE RIX on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 11:15 PM

I'm so glad to see that you managed to finish you fantasic Wildcat. It truly is a remarkable example of your skills, patience and perseverence. All of your efforts and trials have paid off in spades. I do hope you are very proud of the work you have done because you darn well should be. Your Wildcat is indeed immensely maevelous. Thank You so much for the journey.

Cheers, Joe

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:30 AM

That's an amazing wildcat!  Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

 On the bench 1/48 Heinkel He-219 Uhu.   Woo Hoo!

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:44 PM

Joe, thanks so much, my friend! I really appreciate all the encouragement you gave me along the way. That really helped sustain me through the various misteps and reversals.

And thanks Greatmaker, much appreciated. 

-J

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Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, November 09, 2017 3:17 PM

Hey J,

I went through the thread again, and I can't seem to find which resin wheel upgrade you used.  Do you remember which one and where you got it?  There is a good chance I will want to get it.

Thanks much,

D

 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:12 PM

Good question. I'm pretty sure they're by Vector and probably from Sprue Bros:

http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/vecvds48030.htm

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