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Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat WIP

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Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat WIP
Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:47 AM

Thought I'd share with everyone where I am on my latest project. Real life has limited the amount of bench time I've been able to get but I've managed to make some progress on Tamiya's Wildcat. I started with the cockpit which is pretty nicely detailed out of the box. I did decide to cut a lot of the floor away and add a couple of braces to more closely represent the real thing. Next I turned my attention to the seat which is rather thick and lacks any real detail. I sanded down the edges and added some stryene and brass sheet to busy it up some.

Painted up in my mix for bronze green. Not sure it's very close to the real thing but I'll go with it. Seatbelts are from and Eduard USN steel set.

I wish Tamiya supplied IP decals like they do with the P-47 for this kit but I just drybrushed the dials with some white and added a drop of Future for glass. Won't be able to see it much once it's all closed up anyway.

Should be getting it all closed up soon. I'll be using MRP paints for the first time on this one so I'm looking forward to that! I've also got so masks for the insignia. Thanks for looking!


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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 9:07 AM

That pit work inlcuding the seat makes a huge difference. And, if you hadn't said anything I would have sworn those gauges were decals. Well done!!


On the bench: 2x Monogram 1/48 Kingfishers with cockpits and float, full kit overhauls each

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4

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Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 3:29 PM

Thanks BK I appreciate it!


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Posted by Chemteacher on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:02 PM
Wow! That’s an awesome job.

On the bench: Revell P-51D (pending decals)

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  • From: NYC
Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:53 PM

That's looking really good. Looking forward to seeing this come together. 


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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:24 PM
That pit is looking great! for the belts being Eduard they look very good I find it hard to get them to drape over the seat well


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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:46 PM

Man, that cockpit is fantastic. Those belts are the boss!!!!

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:09 AM
Nice!....I hear ya on the real life stuff. I'm in the same boat. For IP dials, get yourself some Airscale decals. They work great on Tamiya kits.

 "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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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:30 AM

Your office is coming together just fine!

Your friend, Toshi


Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi


On the Bench: Trumpeter 1/32 F4F-3 Wildcat

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:43 AM

 Thanks for following along guys, it's much appreciated!

Rambo - I typically have the same problem with PE seatbelts not draping properly and I usually get paint chipping off them where I do a tight bend but these steel belts behaved really nice.

Joe - I've seen you use those IP dials a lot and have been wanting to get a set of them. They always look so good on your builds.



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