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AMT 1/48 F7F-3 Tigercat

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AMT 1/48 F7F-3 Tigercat
Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, March 21, 2022 9:59 PM

Hey gang, here's a submission I completed a group build. I figured I'd share my pictures here for those of you that may not make it to the GB forum.

This is AMT's plastic with TD wheels, Wolfpack Resin's wingfold, Obscureco props, and SAC's metal gear (sort of). I used the kit's NLG and MLG but SACs retraction struts on the main gear. The national insignia and squadron codes on the wings are painted on. The codes on the nacelles and the branch markings are the kit's decals. The kit is painted with MM and Testors' "little square bottle" enamels. Weathered with pastels and Flory washes. 

Anyway, here she is...


Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking!



-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:42 PM

Well done, Omar.  The wings folded look suits the Tigercat.


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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:46 PM

Turned out great.  I've always liked the Tigercat - looks fast just sitting there.



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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:50 PM

You did a great job on that 'cat.  The Tigercat was always one of my favs.  I love the folded wings on her.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 10:12 PM

That is one beautiful build Omar! Very nicely done! What color did you use for the  blue?


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  • Member since
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Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 10:38 PM


That is one beautiful build...What color did you use for the  blue?


First of all, thanks to everyone for their compliments. They are very much appreciated. I'm glad you all have enjoyed my build. To answer stik's used a lot of 'em! After priming with gray, I sprayed just about every blue in my inventory in random patches and patterns. 
After I had a bunch of panels painted, I used Testors' Flat Sea Blue in the little square bottle as my final color. I misted it on until I was happy with the "depth" of its coverage. I would have liked to have ended up with a little more mottling, but the subsequent gloss and flat coats darked the final color and increased its coverage. Oh well. I still think it looks OK.
Hope that answers your question and thanks again for looking!

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 9:57 AM

Awesome build Omar!  I've always liked the look of this aircraft and it's a shame that you don't see more of these kits built up.  I agree with the others, it does look better with the wings folded.  At one time, I had all three of the AMT Tigercat kits and I really do regret selling two of them.



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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 11:04 AM

Hi, "O" -

A beautiful job you made of it, one of the classic great lookers. The wing folding bits look just right, very accurate I think.

Thanks for the post and photos.



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