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Airfix 1/72 Grumman Wildcat F4F-4

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This really is a gem of a kit from Airfix and a bargain price. The undercarriage is a challenge but goes together fine if not rushed.

 

The paints in the photo are from mission models (for a future Eduard 1/48 Hellcat project). I actually used Vallejo model air mixed myself. It's an out of the box build. No breakages and no lost parts! 

 

I finished with a coat of Ammo flat lucky varnish.  Any opinions as to whether I should finish it with Satin varnish? 

 

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Very nice model indeed. You did a really good job mate

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Nice job mate B)

 

I'd leave it matt if I were you, I imagine the salt air and sun would take the shine off the paintwork pretty quickly :)

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

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Looks great

 

nice little kit.....

 

rgds

 

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6 hours ago, Stew Dapple said:

Nice job mate B)

 

I'd leave it matt if I were you, I imagine the salt air and sun would take the shine off the paintwork pretty quickly :)

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

Thanks all, and yes agreed, the sun must have been strong out in the Pacific. Matt it will remain !

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Brilliant model, looking more real than life!

Congrats!

I want this kit, but I cannot find decals for the Torch landings... Why isn't life always easy?

 

Cheers

JR

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That`s a very nice Wildcat there, looks great.

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3 hours ago, jean said:

Brilliant model, looking more real than life!

Congrats!

I want this kit, but I cannot find decals for the Torch landings... Why isn't life always easy?

 

Cheers

JR

 

DP Casper 72007

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Other than both ailerons being dropped, that kit looks great. Paint finish and weathering are very good.

 

 

Chris

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19 minutes ago, dogsbody said:

Other than both ailerons being dropped, that kit looks great. Paint finish and weathering are very good.

 

 

Chris

Aileron issue now sorted,  thanks all for your observations

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Very nice. Your weathering has brought interest to the rather drab finish worn by Wildcats at this time.

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28 minutes ago, Smudge said:

Very nice. Your weathering has brought interest to the rather drab finish worn by Wildcats at this time.

Thanks Smudge, I appreciate that comment.

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It looks just good as it is - no need for a more glossy finish.

 

May I ask you what Vallejo color mix you used?

 

Cheers,

Michael

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3 hours ago, WildeSau75 said:

It looks just good as it is - no need for a more glossy finish.

 

May I ask you what Vallejo color mix you used?

 

Cheers,

Michael

Sure, just checked my notes. For the lower, I used a 50/50 mix of AK real color white grey/pale grey. For the Upper surfaces I mixed Vallejo 71.046 Pale Blue Grey (30 drops), Vallejo 71.008 Hellblau RLM 65 (30 drops) and Vallejo 71.089 Light Sea Blue (5 drops) in a mixing pot. All Vallejo Model Air. This was plenty to airbrush the upper surfaces.

 

I don't know how accurate this is, but I was happy with the result.

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Very nice looking Wildcat.  Well done!

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Very nice work and paint finish and weathering are very good. sorry for the ailerons, it are corrects one up and one down, it is better!!!

Cheers linus

 

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