by Randy Lutz
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
scale F4F-4 Wildcat is available online from Squadron.com
Tamiya's 1/48 Scale
Here is my Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat as flown by
Lieutenant James E. Swett of VMF-221, while based at Henderson Field,
Guadalcanal in April 1943. This model represents the Wildcat that Swett was
flying when he downed 7 Vals on one mission.
The decals as provided by Cutting Edge feature 7 kill markings.
However, these should not be applied to the model, as the 7 Vals were Swett's first
victories of the war. He would have had to have been clairvoyant to have kill
markings before the fact! This particular Wildcat was shot down that same day,
after the 7 kills were obtained.
I tend to build out of the box or with very minor enhancements,
and the Wildcat was no exception. Listed below are the modifications I made to
the kit. Special thanks goes out to Brandon Wood for supplying valuable
information about Swett's Wildcat.
radio compartment air scoop drilled
carb air intake opened
formation lights added to underside
antenna wires made from stretched
hoist points drilled out
all gun barrels drilled out
landing light replaced with MV
oil cooler screens replaced with
My Wildcat was painted using Xtracolor X162 USN Blue Grey, M-485, FS 15189 and
X137 Light Gull Grey, FS 16440.
All markings are from Cutting Edge sheet CED48120. I found the
Cutting Edge decals to be a bit of a disappointment as they were thicker than
Micro Scale printed decals and the registration was off on the star insignias.
For each star I had to make a mask to protect the decal and airbrush the
camouflage around the image to cover the protruding white portion.
Finally, the model is weathered with chalk pastels
Famous Airplanes of the World No. 16
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Famous Airplanes of the World No. 35
Grumman F4F, F6F, F8F
Famous Airplanes of the World No. 68
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Osprey Air Aces No. 3 Wildcat Aces of
World War 2
Aero Detail No. 22 Grumman F4F Wildcat
Detail and Scale Vol. 30 F4F Wildcat
Squadron In Action No. 84 F4F Wildcat
Squadron Walk Around No. 4 F4F Wildcat
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Article Copyright © 2001 by Randy Lutz
Page Created 15 July 2002
Last updated 04 June 2007
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