Grumman F4F Wildcat - 1:33

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  1. KPawel

    KPawel New Member

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    Hello everybody!

    I'd like to share with you some photos of my new, very fresh (completed today) card model. It is a Grumman F4F Wildcat issued in 1:33 scale by Maly Modelarz back in 2002. The fit was excellent, only the colors seem to be a bit weird to me. Weathering is rather excessive - I've done such thing for the first time, and only because I rubbed off the paint on the leading edge of the left wing and wanted to camouflage it somehow :).

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    Greetings!
    Pawel
  2. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Very beautiful work, Pawel!
    Maly sure has come a long way!
    Of course, your modeling skills are top notch!
    Great job on the weathering! Very nice looking model!

    Russell
  3. MOS95B

    MOS95B Member

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    For being such an ugly plane, she sure is nice looking, huh?? And your build makes it look even better!!

    Graet job!!!!
  4. KPawel

    KPawel New Member

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    Thanks for your nice comments guys! Ugly plane??? It was beautiful! Of course it is the same peculiar sort of beauty as for I-16 or Buffalo but it is still beauty! :)
  5. cmdrted

    cmdrted Active Member

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    Pawel, very nice and you are right a very "good looking" aircraft, along with the buffalo and I-16! You might add a little wear and tear on the prop blade edges also. And a little dull ing on the rubber part of the tire that rolls on the deck.
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    Very nice indeed! I don't think the weathering is excessive at all, it's quite real looking!

    Rick
  7. wunwinglow

    wunwinglow Active Member

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    Beaut!

    Tim
  8. KPawel

    KPawel New Member

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    Thanks cmdrted! Very good point about the propeller wear and tear - it really looks a bit like from another plane... I will try to do something with it. I'd be also happy to do something about the tires but I don't really know how. Any hint?
  9. cmdrted

    cmdrted Active Member

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    Maybe a little dry brushing with a lighter matt gray color. just a little lighter than the black on the sides of the tire. I would experiment on an old tire first, you don't need to tone the tire down that much on your beautiful F4F!
  10. cardmodeler

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    Awesome building job! How did you get the cowling so nicely rounded? The Wildcat is my favorite of the Navy WWII planes! I have this kit, and this really makes me want to get started building it right away. Thanks for all the great pics.:grin:
  11. John Griffin

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    Amazing! Seamless cowl!! How did you do that? You made an ugly plane look beautiful.
  12. KPawel

    KPawel New Member

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    Cmdrted - thanks for advice, I'd have to try it. It can be difficult though now as the wheels are fixed to the stems - i cannot turn them to ensure that "contact" area is symmetrical around the wheel.
    cardmodeller - as for the cowling, I used the round "blunt" end of my knife handle as an "embossing pen" to form the individual rings of cowling on a piece of rubber to give them a little "spherical" shape. I connected the ends of the first ring and used it as a base. Next ring was attached with its ends free, I started attaching it to the first ring from its middle and then moving along its circumference mm by mm and eventually closed the ring by connecting its ends - this to avoid any steps between adjacent rings. I used a cyanoacrylate glue to connect the strips as well as to coat the whole thing when finished - it additionally smoothes the transitions between the rings.
  13. cmdrted

    cmdrted Active Member

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    Thanks for the info on the cowling, you and Carl "Goldenbear" have that technique down very well, I'm still practicing!
  14. eatcrow2

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    Fantastic job!!!!!!!! One of my favorite aircraft..
  15. Clashster

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    Beauty! Great job and great pictures!

    Chris