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1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat VF-3 "Jimmy Thach" (Finished)

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1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat VF-3 "Jimmy Thach" (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:35 AM

Here's the second project I have going on since my journey back from WWI armor. I'm going back to an old favorite, the Tamiya Wildcat dash 4.  Compared to the Hobby Boss dash 3 I just finished, this will be a walk in the park. This is one of the first kits I built when I returned to the hobby years ago, so I have sentimental attachment.   

 

I'm going with John "Jimmy" Thach's VF-3 Yorktown machine during the Battle of Midway.  On the morning of June 4th 1942, Thach led six Wildcats in escort of VT-3 Yorktown Devastators.  On discovery of the main Japanese fleet, they were promptly attacked by 15 to 20 Zero fighters. Thach atempted his namesake maneuver, the "Thach Weave", and he manage to shoot down three of them himself. This was reported to be the maneuver's first use in combat.  Thach would score six kills in the war.  

 

As I said, the Tamiya Wildcat is an awesome kit out of the box.  I've built it several times and I will make minor improvements. I started with the pit.  First I cut out the floor since the Wildcat didn't actually have one.  I had the pleasant surprise of an Eduard color PE set in the box, so I used some of it.  The instrument panel, seatbelts, and the seat itself are all PE.  I used my own concoction of interior green, which is essentially XF-58 Olive Green, XF-4 Yellow Green, and XF-49 Khaki.  

  

The PE instrument panel looks ok.

 

 A test fit....no issues.

 

I have to build the gear next then close it up. 

 "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 UnwaryPaladin on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:57 AM

That is looking sweet! 

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Posted by damouav on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:07 AM

Joe, when do you get time to sleep with all these builds being built. Amazing work as always.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:22 AM

UnwaryPaladin

That is looking sweet! 

 

Thanks..

 "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 lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:23 AM

damouav

Joe, when do you get time to sleep with all these builds being built. Amazing work as always.

 

During the day, I work the graveyard shift. Thanks for the kind words Damian. 

 "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 mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:39 AM

I can't get over the level of detail and paintwork in those offices of yours Joe. A level of modeling to aspire to....

                   

 

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:44 AM

Very nice that is a great kit to build.

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:19 AM

So that's where the Thach Weave came from, I had no idea. Very cool!

What kind of camera are you using LD? Your pictures are always consistently clear.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by learmech on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 9:12 AM
Lawdog, Roughly what is the mixture ratio you use for your cockpit colors? Thanks
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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:01 PM

mustang1989

I can't get over the level of detail and paintwork in those offices of yours Joe. A level of modeling to aspire to....

 

Thanks Joe

 "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 lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:01 PM

Tickmagnet

Very nice that is a great kit to build.

 

Thanks Tick

 "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 lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:03 PM

Mopar Madness

So that's where the Thach Weave came from, I had no idea. Very cool!

What kind of camera are you using LD? Your pictures are always consistently clear.

 

My I-phone believe it or not. It takes way better pictures than my Nikon ever did. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:05 PM

learmech
Lawdog, Roughly what is the mixture ratio you use for your cockpit colors? Thanks
 

 

 

Its always different and I just eyeball it. I'd say about 70 Olive, 20 Yellow-Green, and 10 Khaki. 

 "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 tempestjohnny on Thursday, January 9, 2020 8:29 AM
One day I'll be half as good as this

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 10, 2020 9:32 PM

tempestjohnny
One day I'll be half as good as this
 

Don't sell yourself short Johnny. You are just as good. 

 "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 keavdog on Friday, January 10, 2020 10:41 PM

Nice looking pit as usual lawdog.  This is a great kit - did one last year.  I cracked my canopy right at the end and fudged it.  One of my first attempts at black basing - my overall tone came out too dark - much to learn.  Looking forward to your finished build.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, January 13, 2020 10:12 PM

Joe, looking good brother! You've got quite the eye for color. Me? I just read the bottle and slap it on. You're over here playing Mr. Mixer with Tamiya paints haha! Hmmm who's looks better??


keavdog

Nice looking pit as usual lawdog.  This is a great kit - did one last year.  I cracked my canopy right at the end and fudged it.  One of my first attempts at black basing - my overall tone came out too dark - much to learn.  Looking forward to your finished build.

 

 

Keavdog, I've found that black-basing goes the wrong way for what has typically been prescribed for us modelers, that is lightening the colors for "scale effect". It also doesn't look great on darker colors, like what I tried to do on my A6M5. I've found it's better to "marble" the paint using variations of the base color or complimentary colors and then doing a top coat. I'm pretty happy with how my Mustang is turning out using this technique. 

Sorry for the hi-jack, Joe!

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:15 PM

Lawdog,

Your painting technique in the cockpit is exceptional.  I would love to be able to get to that level of finish.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:37 AM

keavdog

Nice looking pit as usual lawdog.  This is a great kit - did one last year.  I cracked my canopy right at the end and fudged it.  One of my first attempts at black basing - my overall tone came out too dark - much to learn.  Looking forward to your finished build.

 

Thanks John.  I've had that happen recently on my Hobby Boss Wildcat.  Fortunately I had a Squadron replacement.  I'm personally not a fan of the black-basing technique, for that reason, so don't feel bad.  I came up with what I call a reverse black-base to mock it.........lol.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:39 AM

RadMax8

Joe, looking good brother! You've got quite the eye for color. Me? I just read the bottle and slap it on. You're over here playing Mr. Mixer with Tamiya paints haha! Hmmm who's looks better??

 

 
keavdog

Nice looking pit as usual lawdog.  This is a great kit - did one last year.  I cracked my canopy right at the end and fudged it.  One of my first attempts at black basing - my overall tone came out too dark - much to learn.  Looking forward to your finished build.

 

 

 

Keavdog, I've found that black-basing goes the wrong way for what has typically been prescribed for us modelers, that is lightening the colors for "scale effect". It also doesn't look great on darker colors, like what I tried to do on my A6M5. I've found it's better to "marble" the paint using variations of the base color or complimentary colors and then doing a top coat. I'm pretty happy with how my Mustang is turning out using this technique. 

Sorry for the hi-jack, Joe!

 

Thanks Max.  No such thing as a hi-jacked thread.  That's what they are for. 

 "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 lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:40 AM

Real G

Lawdog,

Your painting technique in the cockpit is exceptional.  I would love to be able to get to that level of finish.

 

Thanks G

 "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 lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 2:50 AM

I'm going back and forth between this and the P-40.  The Tamiya Wildcat pretty much falls together, no issues. 

While gluing the wing halves together, I accidentally melted one of the fifties beyond repair.  I ended up drilling them all out and adding brass tube barrels.  I suppose it looks better anyways.  

 

I gave the frame a preshade then got going on the stars courtesy of Montex.  I used Tamiya tape to seal the masks from seepage.  Almost ready for paint.

 "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 damouav on Friday, January 17, 2020 6:18 AM

Very nice work Joe.

In Progress
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:15 AM

Glad to know I'm not the only one that's done that!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59 AM

damouav

Very nice work Joe.

 

Thanks Damian

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 8:00 AM

Mopar Madness

Glad to know I'm not the only one that's done that!

 

Ha!...yeah, I always find a way to mess something up. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, January 17, 2020 8:30 AM

Looking great, Joe. I just got one of these for Xmas. I'm stoked to build it. I'll use your build as a guide.

BK

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Posted by Greg on Friday, January 17, 2020 8:43 AM

Looking good as always, Joe. You make the recovery on the gun barrel melt look so easy and painless.

You mentioned an F4F was one of your first kits upon return from hiatus. Was it the same Tamiya kit?

This looks like fun, my first thought was the F4F that was fished out of Lake Michigan and painted to represent Butch O'Hare's ride. When I have to be at O'Hare, it makes it all worthwhile if we end up passing by. I always stop and admire it.

Thanks for the inspiration, maybe a nice Tamiya kit of a subject I have some interest in might be a funk-breaker.

-Greg

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 6:28 PM

BrandonK

Looking great, Joe. I just got one of these for Xmas. I'm stoked to build it. I'll use your build as a guide.

BK

 

Thanks Brandon. Easy kit, you'll love it. 

 "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 lawdog114 on Friday, January 17, 2020 6:32 PM

Greg

Looking good as always, Joe. You make the recovery on the gun barrel melt look so easy and painless.

You mentioned an F4F was one of your first kits upon return from hiatus. Was it the same Tamiya kit?

This looks like fun, my first thought was the F4F that was fished out of Lake Michigan and painted to represent Butch O'Hare's ride. When I have to be at O'Hare, it makes it all worthwhile if we end up passing by. I always stop and admire it.

Thanks for the inspiration, maybe a nice Tamiya kit of a subject I have some interest in might be a funk-breaker.

 

Thanks Greg. Yes, it was perhaps the third or fourth build when I returned. I built Joe Foss' cat. No clue what happened to it. It's the perfect kit to break out of a funk with. 

I'd love to see the O'Hare replica someday.  

 "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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