Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
Tamiya's 1/48 scale F4F-4 Wildcat is available online from
Here is my 1/48 scale F4F-4 Wildcat, no. 23-5093, from Tamiya.
This aircraft was flown by Lt. Cdr. John S. Thatch, CO of VF-3
aboard USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.
The kit is one of Tamiya's older efforts but it is nicely moulded.
Only the rivet detail is a little overstated.
I commenced construction by cutting of the horizontal elevators
to fix them in lower position. I also cut out the side parts of the
cockpit floor section so that the pilot can look down through two
windows in the lower fuselage. Then I built up the cockpit section
and the wheel well.
The colour of the cockpit was interior green for the wheel well I
After washing and shading these parts it was time to fix the
fuselage and wing section together.
There are minimal fitting problems on the wing leading edge but
with a little bit of filler it was done. Now I started building and
finishing the engine and the landing gear. Than I fixed the
horizontal elevators and the ruder in position.
Now it was time for the paint job.
I used colours from Xtracolor - Light Gull Grey for the lower and
US Navy Blue Grey for the upper surface. Before I used these colours
I pre-shaded the panel lines black. For shading the plates on the
fuselage and wing section I took the original colour filled with
Decals were from Aeromaster. It took a lot of work to fix them
over the rivets in the fuselage sides. After a few days of drying I
sprayed the model with satin from Humbrol.
The last job was washing and shading the whole model with water
colours and pastel powder. I finished the model using the wheels
from True Details and a Canopy from Squadron.
The Wildcat is a nice model. I think I will not be my last one
because there are a lot of interesting planes flown by the Royal
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Created 29 July 2002
04 June 2007
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