1/32 scale Grumman F4F-3S Wildcatfish

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  1. Fighter Jock

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    #1 Fighter Jock, Jul 9, 2011
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    I think I'm going to do another seaplane build I just finished the Revell 1/32 Arado and that reminded me of a model I built back in the 80s. I took the old Revell F4F-3 Wildcat and added a couple of scratch built pontoons to make it a Wildcatfish. I don't have it any more but if I can find another F4F-3 I'm going to try it again. I will post some progress pictures of this one.

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    Here is another picture of the plane.
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    Sounds like a great project! Can't wait to see progress
     
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    Looks better with floats! Looking forward to the build if you can get the kit.
     
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    Looks like fun. Do you have a set of plans? Any idea how similar the floats are to Kingfisher floats? Keep us posted.
     
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    #5 vikingBerserker, Jul 9, 2011
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    Very cool! Somebody has a Wildcatfish model out, though not sure of the scale. I believe I saw it in Squadron's catalog.
     
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    This one got to my curiousity. With a bit of quick work, came up with a comparison. Scale drawings matched up. Looks like same float with different rudder IMHO.
    Makes me want to buy 3 Monogram kits and give it a go in 1/48.
     

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    The model is in 1/72. S q u a d r o n . c o m - Cookie

    Apparently the Edo Corporation made custom floats for this one so it was a slightly different float.
     
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    If I built one I would make it a "what if" and put it in RCAF markings sitting on a lake in Northern Canada with the pilot standing on the float FISHING !!!!
     
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    So golf trollies look okay on floats then Terry?
     
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    Yep - no longer looks like a golf trolley, as the wheels are gone!
     
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    You should do one Terry....:)
     
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    £^*$ off !!
     
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    Take a barrel, jam an ironing board through it and you get the Wildcat. Adding floats make it look even stranger to me. But it will be an interesting project.
     
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    Not to be a tease, but I've got a 1/32 wildcat still in the box.
     
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    I recently stumbled upon pictures of the Wildcatfish and was thinking how I had to do one. Of course for me it would have to be in 1/72. As id turns out there is a kit (I forget the manufacturer) but it reviews are that the kit itself is rough especially with an MSRP of $20 or so. I was thinking of getting a Academy Wildcat and either scrounging for pontoons or get the crap kit for just the pontoons. In the end it would be a rather expensive model but what the heck. How many Wildcatfish do you see?
     
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    Or you can build 2, buy crappy kit and make resin copies of the pontoons ;)
     
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    Dug out my Wildcat. She's a 1969 1/32 Revell F4F-4 molded in dark blue with Mr. Thatch and three kills.
     
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