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Tamiya 1/48 F4F Wildcat
Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:59 PM

Well this is my second attempt at a model after a loooong hiatus... my first attempt was a Zero that turned into a pile of glue, plastic, and paint..I learned a lot from this disaster...First have references next to you a refer to them often...I have the aircraft encyclopedia of modeling techniques by Diego Quijano which has been a invaluable asset I need to take my time and go step by step instead of rushing to get a finished model...lesson learned...Here are some pics...I know I need to work on my chips and scratches but really can't see them when fuselage was glued together so I just went with it...

 

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:01 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:03 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:04 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:06 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:08 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:09 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:10 PM

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:12 PM

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Posted by iampiper13 on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:13 PM

I think its looking great so far!!

 WIP 1/48 Revell B17G Flying Fortress

In Stack all 1/48: Revell B25J Mitchell, Monogram B26

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:23 PM

That last picture is my favorite. It does look great.  :)

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:50 PM
Looking good. I have the same book. It was my modeling bible for years.

 "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 Aggieman on Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:25 AM

Off to a good start.  You should find that the kit almost builds itself.

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Friday, April 21, 2017 8:18 PM

Thank you for all the responses...I have to admit this is pretty addictin...I am in law enforcement and this has been a great stress relief from the job already...my wife told me to find a hobby she might be having second thoughts now lol..I'll post some more pics after I make some more progress 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, April 21, 2017 8:25 PM

Addictive... Yeah, buddy. Really good to wind down after work with. That's what got me restarted.

Now i have a stash and everything lol!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Friday, April 21, 2017 10:02 PM

Looks like you are off to a great start.  I am looking forward to watching this one as it goes forward. 

John

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:54 AM

Yes I think you have what it takes to be a great modeler. Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming so we can all learn better modeling.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:01 PM

Well here is a build update...I got the engine done and fuselage assembled.  I looked at several references for engine and it was a 50/50 split between darker engine or metal finish, so I just went with a gun metal base, dry brushed with silver, painted cyclinder heads aluminium, painted push rods black, and weathered with engine grime...It turned out ok, but next time going with metal finish...Here are some updated pics...

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:03 PM

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Posted by templar1099 on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:08 PM

I don't know man, that engine looks primo to me.

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Posted by bvallot on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:12 PM

Great start TBone! I've been eyeing up those books for a few months now. Holding out for a good price =].  I don't know if you're passed this point yet, but the interior engine cowling and gearbay was painted Grumman Grey. Actually, everything forward and aft of the cockpit and underneath the cockpit apparently too. Not to worry if you've already passed it up. Even for the gearbay...it'll be so dark underneath it won't be noticeable anyhow.

Whose Wildcat are you building?

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Posted by bvallot on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:15 PM

Ha! I must have sent this just after your post. No matter. =]

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:22 PM

I am building Marion Carl's Wildcat (Tamiya 1/48)...I already passed that stage and of course I used the wrong color...I didn't use Grumman Gray, I used insignia white with a lot of weathering which you can't see...lol...thanks for the advice, I will use Grumman Gray on the next Wildcat build I am sure I am going to make plenty of more...I love this aircraft and kit.

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Posted by Aggieman on Monday, April 24, 2017 2:41 PM

I just did a bunch of Wildcats last year. In my research I came across the same statement about the wheel bay being Grumman Gray, but it was not always that way. I believe it was earlier Mark 'Cats, -3's for instance, that were lacquered aluminum. Those areas were never interior or bronze green on Grumman-produced 'Cats, although all their internal areas were interior green on GM-produced 'Cats.

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Posted by bvallot on Monday, April 24, 2017 3:39 PM

This is actually a good link TBone. Aggieman is correct about the changes made throughout its production. No worries about the color. It'll all work out. 

I actually did Marion Carl's Wildcat a few years ago. It was the very first Tamiya Wildcat I ever did too. One thing I'll pass on to you about it is that from referencing photos of the actual aircraft, the No. 2 for his first aircraft out on Henderson Field is shaped like an upside down 5. Many decals you'll see out there just mark it as a regular looking 2. 

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Cutting Edge seems to have gotten it right, but most others have it wrong...if it matters to you. I actually painted my own from my own mask I made, and I just hand painted the front cowl number. It wasn't too difficult.

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Monday, April 24, 2017 9:54 PM

Thank y'all for the link...That was good reading and I definitely bookmarked the page...I am going to be building a Vought Corsair in the future and hopefully i will do a little better with the color selection 

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Posted by Texas Tbone on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:11 PM

I finished painting the exterior...This was my first attempt at post shading definitely going to need some more experience doing it but I liked the results...future is sprayed, now will be ready for next adventure with decaying...

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:52 AM

Hey! Looks like a wildcat to me. =] Nice job Tbone. Painting is one thing you might not ever stop improving. Here it looks like you're already off to a great start. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:48 AM

This is a very nice looking build. I need to get one of these. 

BK

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:12 PM

Nice progress, TBone!  Isn't that a great kit?  I look forward to your next updates.

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