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1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat, VF-22 (Complete)

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1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat, VF-22 (Complete)
Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:53 PM

It's time for a Pacific theater US Navy plane. I decided I needed a light duty kit and the Tamiya 1/48 Wildcat is a nice little project. The kit is relatively straightforward with excellent fit and crisp detail. 

I've decided to go for the cover art scheme of VF-22, aboard the USS Independence. (I have Lawdog's recent Wildcats bookmarked for help and inspiration.) I'll use MRP paints for the main camo and plan on trying a few new techniques as well.

The office is complete. I found out during the build that no seat belts are included (the kit's from the mid-90's).  I ordered some and will install them toward the end. Main build is next. Thanks for looking. 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:55 PM

Looking sweet Hoss.  It's an oldie but goodie.  Practically builds itself. I look forward to your progress.   

 "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 Hoss WA on Sunday, September 27, 2020 8:14 PM

lawdog114

Looking sweet Hoss.  It's an oldie but goodie.  Practically builds itself. I look forward to your progress.   

 

Thanks Lawdog - it's coming along. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, September 27, 2020 8:28 PM

The build is now complete with no major issues - just some minor cleanup here and there. 

For the engine, I painted per the Tamiya callouts, applied a wash and drybrushed a bit. 

MRP paints were used for the main colors -- insignia white for the underside, intermediate blue for the sides and sea blue for the tops of the wings and fuselage. 

Here's the underside. 

Interestingly, the Tamiya profile and most others I found show a relatively straight demarcation between the dark and light blue on the fuselage.  The one photo I found of the plane online clearly shows a more jagged edge, which is what I tried to capture. 

 

The photos don't show it clearly, but there's quite a bit of shading and fading on various panels across the sea and intermediate blue sections. 

Although I've tried them before on other builds, I'm really happy with the MRP paints. The colors seem spot on, they spray wonderfully, and they dry quickly to a smooth, semi-gloss finish. I'm going to try to apply the decals without a gloss coat and see what happens. Fingers crossed. 

 

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Posted by Tosh on Monday, September 28, 2020 2:27 AM

Great craftsmanship, very impressive! 

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

 

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Posted by Greg on Monday, September 28, 2020 9:43 AM

Coming along nicely. Are you using MRP acrylic lacquers or water-based acrylic? I've used some of both and like them too so far.

That's for the WIP. I hope to build this kit someday.

-Greg

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:47 AM

Tosh

Great craftsmanship, very impressive! 

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

 

Thanks Toshi & Ezra!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:48 AM

Greg

Coming along nicely. Are you using MRP acrylic lacquers or water-based acrylic? I've used some of both and like them too so far.

That's for the WIP. I hope to build this kit someday.

 

Thanks Greg. I'm using the MRP acrylic lacquers. I haven't tried the water-based yet. 

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Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:03 PM

I like the way this plane is coming out. 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:13 PM

nice job so far.  Its a great little kit, though I cracked my canopy at the very last step mounting in the open position.   

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:16 PM

The fading is perfect...coming along nicely.  Nice work on that engine too.  I hate those molded on wires in this kit, but your careful painting of them makes it work.   

 "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 wpwar11 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:55 PM

Nice work.  I'm currently building the same kit.  I'm also using MRP.  They are great paints.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:55 AM

TigerII

I like the way this plane is coming out. 

 

 

Thanks Tiger II!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:57 AM

keavdog

nice job so far.  Its a great little kit, though I cracked my canopy at the very last step mounting in the open position.   

 

Thanks keavdog. And thanks for the heads up on the canopy issue. The canopy plastic is too thick to fit nicely in the open position. Rather than push it and risk cracking, I just glued it closed. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:58 AM

lawdog114

The fading is perfect...coming along nicely.  Nice work on that engine too.  I hate those molded on wires in this kit, but your careful painting of them makes it work.   

 

Thanks Lawdog. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 3, 2020 12:03 PM

I'm calling this one done. All OOB except I added some Eduard seatbelts.  I'm happy with how it turned out.

I liked the kit overall -- quick and simple build, decent fit and looks good. I really liked the cockpit, which unfortunately isn't too visible when the fuselage is buttoned up. The surface detail on the wings is also really good. A few nits: extra thick canopy plastic which made it difficult to fix in the open position without risking cracking, overdone rivet detail and panel lines that really are wide and deep vs. scale. Nevertheless, it's still a viable and fun kit after 25+ years. 

Following the main painting, I decided to try a new technique for decals and weathering to see how it worked. I skipped the gloss coat and applied the kit decals directly onto the MRP paint. It worked fine. For the notoriously thick Tamiya decals, I used Mr. Mark Setter and Mr. Mark Softer, which are very strong but worked like a champ. There's no silvering anywhere, although there's still a some evidence of decal film in places. Some gloss over the decals followed by some polishing could blend in the edges of the film -- and of course we have masks. 

For the panel lines, instead of the usual wash, I used a standard HB graphite pencil for the underside and a thinned mix of Tamiya semigloss black for the topside lines. I then applied the usual brown/black mix to the panel lines and finished with a flat coat. It worked OK, but I think that the HB pencil color was a bit dark for the white underside. After looking at the photos, I think I prefer the Flory wash technique where the wash color is a slighter darker shade than the camo color. Colored pencils were used for the scratches and chipping. 

One last point before photos -- it looks as if Grumman put the engineer who designed the Wildcat landing gear on the Apollo Lunar Module descent stage project :). 

Thanks for looking. Enjoy the photos. 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:18 PM

That is one of the best looking wildcats I've seen!  Well done sir

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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  • From: Chapin, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:23 PM
Hoss, Really nice work. I am impressed with the photography.

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:24 PM

Outstanding. YesYesYes

Great photography, too.

Amazing how some of you can turn out such excellent work in such a short time.

-Greg

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Posted by TigerII on Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:04 PM

This Wildcat came out great. I particularly like the weathered chipping on the topside of the wings where of course the pilot and crewchief walk. Very, very nice.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:10 AM

keavdog

That is one of the best looking wildcats I've seen!  Well done sir

 

Thanks keavdog. Much appreciated. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:11 AM

Shipwreck
Hoss, Really nice work. I am impressed with the photography.
 

Thanks Shipwreck. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:12 AM

Greg

Outstanding. YesYesYes

Great photography, too.

Amazing how some of you can turn out such excellent work in such a short time.

 

Thanks for the kind comments Greg. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:14 AM

TigerII

This Wildcat came out great. I particularly like the weathered chipping on the topside of the wings where of course the pilot and crewchief walk. Very, very nice.

 

Thanks Tiger II. I used some black/brown mix, general scuffing and various sharp colored pencils to create the chips and scratches. Glad you like it. 

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:27 AM

Outstanding!  I hope mine goes this well.  Like the others have already stated the photography is great.  The pencil chipping is very convincing 

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:57 AM
Fantastic job. I like the panel details and your paint scheme looks spot on. Thanks for posting.

On the bench: Revell-USS Arizona; Tamiya 1/700 HMS Nelson

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:17 AM

Great looking 'cat.  Your paint fading and weathering is spot-on.

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Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:50 AM

keavdog

That is one of the best looking wildcats I've seen!  Well done sir

 

            Agreed
 
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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, October 5, 2020 9:18 PM

wpwar11

Outstanding!  I hope mine goes this well.  Like the others have already stated the photography is great.  The pencil chipping is very convincing 

 

Thanks wpwar! Much appreciated. 

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Posted by Hoss WA on Monday, October 5, 2020 9:19 PM

Chemteacher
Fantastic job. I like the panel details and your paint scheme looks spot on. Thanks for posting.
 

Thanks Chemteacher. 

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