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F4F-3 Wildcat

by Scott Murphy

 

 

Introduction

Here is my 1/48 Tamiya F4F Wildcat backdated to a -3. I did this so I could model LT Edward "Butch" O'Hare's aircraft he was flying when he defended USS Lexington in 1942.

 

 

Construction

I used Medallion Models' resin wings (which were absolutely awful) to do the majority of the conversion. It would have taken less time to use the kit -5 wings and convert them.

 

 

I did a little bit of work in the cockpit, Waldron instruments and seat belt hardware and a scratch built gunsight (the one in the kit was a later version than the one LT O'Hare had).

 

 

Painting

As always, the model was painted with Testor's Model Master enamels throughout and my Badger 150.

 



 

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