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Tamiya F4F Wildcat

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat


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Kit #61034                                            MSRP $26.00


Images and text Copyright © 2005 by Matt Swan


Developmental Background



In 1936 the US Navy evaluated a number of designs, which were competing to be the Navy's new carrier-based fighter. A Grumman built design that began life as a biplane won the contract and after several design modifications became the XF4F-2. With large wings, situated well forward on the fuselage, the plane had very high lift, permitted quick take-offs, slow landings, and excellent maneuverability. After flight trials in 1937 the design was renamed F4F and orders were placed by the U.S. Navy in 1939. Oddly enough the first production aircraft off the line did not go to the Navy but went to Canada instead. These five aircraft were redesignated “Martlet Mk 1” and transferred to the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. In December of 1940 two of these planes made history when they engaged and shot down a German aircraft. This was the first documented engagement of American built aircraft against German aircraft.

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Modelling a KO'ed vehicle

Hello everybody,
today we will discuss the painting of an knocked out and rusty vehicle. Over the past few years these subjects have become more and more popular and the following step by step pictuires will illustrate my attempt to paint a knocked out Hetzer.
So let's get started ! Here's the unpainted model again:

I used the Eduard Hetzer mixed with some bits and pieces from DML and Verlinden.
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Verlinden Productions WWII German Tools

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The new etched sets from Verlinden Productions are 'connection less" meaning one does not need to cut them from the fret.  On the upper right, you can see the blue-green film which holds the items in place.  The lower right is an extreme close-up showing the Krupp Werk brand to the wrenches.

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The upper photos offer two views of the film being removed.  The lower right is another detail image of a wrench while the lower left shows one of the tool boxes (with lid) soldered.  It still needs some clean up but the lid is functional.

It is a nice and easy to use set which is quite affordable!  It is highly recommended although no mention is made of the hinge pins for the tool boxes which one must make from wire.

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AFV Club's T-34 Factory 112 1942 production, a look inside the box...

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Sprue A


Sprue B


Sprue C


Back of Sprue C


Sprue D


Back of Sprue D


Sprue E


Back of Sprue E


Sprue F


Sprue G


Sprues H & I


Tracks


Tracks from other side


Turret welds on clear piece


As you will note, the second suspension channel is still incorrect but camouflaged. Only the Trakz set has the correct angle.

Regards,
For an upcoming review:






















Sprue A


Sprue B


Sprue C


Back of Sprue C


Sprue D


Back of Sprue D


Sprue E


Back of Sprue E


Sprue F


Sprue G


Sprues H & I


Tracks


Tracks from other side


Turret welds on clear piece


As you will note, the second suspension channel is still incorrect but camouflaged. Only the Trakz set has the correct angle.

Regards,
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Buildings made of Styrofoam

Hello

Well, the vacum forming of the bath tub was the first step on my new project, next out is a small building. The scale is 1/25 but this technique is usable in any scale.

Got very inspired after I read an article of Marc Reusser and Don Railton on how they made buildings out of styrofoam. The technique is to carve the bricks into the soft styrofoam using an x-acto knife.

The starting point..
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Lines were scribed using an x-acto

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