By Mark Glidden
The F4F Wildcat used to be an plane of the kind of which legends are made. with no the dealing with functionality that made the japanese 0 so recognized, it used to be good looked for its ruggedness and firepower and, within the arms of a talented pilot who understood either its strengths and weaknesses, it used to be in a position to retaining its personal opposed to the easiest that its competitors needed to supply. This booklet information tasks that surround 4 versions of the F4 Wildcat. As they have been provided to a few air forces throughout the warfare, together with the RAF, there's a wide variety of markings on hand to modellers that are additionally handled intimately. overlaying various modelling talents from a rookies first construct to knowledgeable scratch-building extras, this booklet is illustrated with full-colour step by step pictures.
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Several large ejection-pin marks around inside the fuselage and cowling. If not removed, they will be visible once the fuselage is complete. A Dremel tool with a grinding bit makes quick work of these. The two windows below the cockpit are installed prior to the fuselage halves going together. A micro saw does a nice job of removing clear parts from their sprue without damaging the part. I should have installed the seat after the fuselage was together, as it would have been easier to paint the bulkhead and headrest.
A mix of three parts Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue and one part XF-2 White was sprayed on for the upper blue-gray color, allowing some of the pre-shading to show through. Some white was then added to the mix to lighten the color and it was thinned out even more. This was randomly misted onto the upper color to create a weathered effect. The fabric control surfaces were further weathered by a bit more white and some gray added to the previous mix. There is no science as to how much or what color to add for weathering effects, just whatever looks good to you.
Only one built. XF-4F-7 Long-range reconnaissance version. No armament. Wings were non-folding and used as additional fuel tanks. Camera installed. Used the P&W R-1830-86 engine. Only 21 built and delivered in 1942. XF-4F-8 Test bed for the taller tail and rudder and the Wright R-1820-56 engine. Would go into production as the FM-2. 50-cal. machine guns per wing. Built by the Eastern Aircraft division of the General Motors Corp. 839 built. FM-2 Wildcat VI Lightweight version of the F4F-4. Taller tail and rudder to counteract increased torque from engine.