Modelling the F4F Wildcat

Overview

The F4F Wildcat was an aircraft of the type of which legends are made. Without the handling performance that made the Japanese Zero so famous, it was well regarded for its ruggedness and firepower and, in the hands of a skilled pilot who understood both its strengths and weaknesses, it was capable of holding its own against the best that its opponents had to offer. This book details four modelling projects across a range of skill levels covering a wide range of Wildcat variants and markings, from those serving ...
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Overview

The F4F Wildcat was an aircraft of the type of which legends are made. Without the handling performance that made the Japanese Zero so famous, it was well regarded for its ruggedness and firepower and, in the hands of a skilled pilot who understood both its strengths and weaknesses, it was capable of holding its own against the best that its opponents had to offer. This book details four modelling projects across a range of skill levels covering a wide range of Wildcat variants and markings, from those serving with the RAF in the desert to US planes in the Pacific.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Osprey's Modelling series shows how advanced modelers use their knowledge, skills and expertise to create incredibly and correctly detailed models of all sorts... Each book discusses how a variety of model kits are used to make authentic looking WWII vehicles... If you are looking for books that provide the high detailing to take your miniatures to the next level, you should check these books out." -Michael Koznarsky, Historical Miniature Gamer (Issue 11)

"Military libraries will welcome Osprey's line of detailed guides... Mark Glidden's Modelling the F4F Wildcat tells of an aircraft renowned for its ruggedness and firepower and offers up four modeling projects for Wildcat variants which aviation modelers will appreciate." -California Bookwatch (December 2007)

"It has good explanations, and excellent photographs, of the steps taken to build the models that are included. If you are a Wildcat fan, this is a nice basic guide for building some common, and some unusual, variants. If you are an aircraft modeler, there are some neat extras in the book that make it a great resourse. Personally, I enjoyed the book and wouldd recommend it highly." - Keith Pruitt, International Plastic Modelers' Society

"The author has taken a somewhat different approach to this edition. Not to say that the usual is not there, but he has added some things that many may well find of value. Overall, a well done book and a fine addition to the Osprey Modelling library." - Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (October 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031106
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Series: Osprey Modelling Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: A brief history of the Grumman Wildcat     4
The Wildcat in detail     8
The FM-2
The F4F-4
Desert cat - Hasegawa's 1/72-scale Martlet III     14
Cockpit and engine
Fuselage
Wings
Landing gear
Painting and decals
McCuskey's Midway ride - converting Tamiya's 1/48-scale F4F-4 to the F4F-3 Wildcat     27
Fuselage and horizontal stabilizers
Detailing the cockpit
Cockpit painting
Lower wing assembly Converting the wing to an F4F-3
Engine
Landing gear
Painting and decals for the F4F-3
Mixed-breed cat - using Tamiya's 1/48-scale F4F-4 Wildcat to improve the Sword 1/48-scale FM-2     41
Cockpit
Fuselage
Improving the engine
Reworking the tail
Giving it wings
Painting
A cat takes to water - converting the Tamiya F4F-4 to the F4F-3S Wildcatfish     53
Fuselage radio compartment
Cockpit
Fuselage
Wings
Floats
Engine
Painting
Building techniques     69
Removing panels and doors
Filling unwanted panel lines and seams
Filling gaps with Mr Surfacer Removing scratches from clear parts
Rescribing
Wildcat kits and accessories     76
Kits available
1/72-scale accessories
1/48-scale accessories
1/32-scale accessories
Museums and collections     78
Further reading, video and websites     79
Books
Video
Websites
Index     80
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