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F4F-4 "Wildcat"

Started: 12/10/2021Updated: 12/10/2021
BrandTamiya
Scale1/48
Kit Number61034
Year Released1994
ScalematesLink
CompletedYes
Build Time

Fuselage

Construction of the aircraft begins with a two-piece fuselage split down the middle as is typical for WWII aircraft. Before gluing the halves together though you're asked to paint the interior with what I interpret as zinc green chromate and so that's what I did. There is a bulkhead where the cockpit and gear bays are separated and even though the instructions don't call it out I figure the forward part should be white, but nothing is called out so that's what I did. A couple of detail bits adorn the inside and were painted up as well. From there the horizontal stabilizer and rudder are added

Fuselage Interior

Cockpit

Multiple bulkheads make up the overall construction of the cockpit area, with some pieces surrounding the seat from there and a basic instrument panel. When this picture was taken the detail bits hadn't been painted however they have been now, along with a panel wash.

Cockpit Construction

Body Assembly

After putting the cockpit into the interior work then turned to the complex landing gear and the pieces forming it. Thankfully Tamiya took an easier approach to how the complex mechanism works and simplified it to about 5 pieces that all fit together really well. From there this fits up into the front portion of the cowling via two grooves and a couple of pins beneath the center portion and fits well.

The wings were 3 parts, a one-piece lower and two-upper halves. This then fits up to the bottom of the fuselage. The horizontal stabilizer then fits into the back with a rudder slotted in behind it.

Construction in Progress

Engine

Tamiya did a great job replicating the radial engine in this model. The detail isn't super amazing but you can see lifters, cables and they were able to be detailed. The two banks of cylinders were fit together and the prop shaft was fit to that but after a poly cap was installed so the prop can spin. Painting was done with a metallic grey, gold wiring, and some black details followed by a wash.

Engine Done

Paint

With details, all put together it was time to turn to the paint booth. The model got a base coat of gloss white. Reading the instructions incorrectly I thought that the upper part received dark sea blue, but that is incorrect so the model isn't technically right, but oh well my build my way!

Decals

Decals on the aircraft are very few as was typical for the era this plane saw service. Tail markings to indicate which carrier it was stationed on and not much else beyond the US roundels.

Decals

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