Academy 1/72 F4F-4 Wildcat

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  1. copcheck

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    Can you tell I'm fond of Academy LOL?

    I picked this little kit up for a couple dollars at the local store to kill some time. Again, no weathering or wear, but I am looking for some feedback with regard to the color and paint scheme.

    This was my first attempt at freehand airbrushing.

    Thanks,

    Jon
     

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    I am in Wildcat heaven! I LOVE IT! Your build work is excellent and if you can freehand an airbrush in 1/72 that well you are covered there too. Not to be critical, the only question I have is on the paint/markings. the demarcation lines in the paint and the post 1943 insignia would suggest an atlantic fleet based Wildcat but that ordinarily would be dark gull grey over white. The blue-grey over light sea grey is correct for early war pacific based machines (tail should be blue-grey also) but the stars and bars are not. I'm wondering if my screen is showing the colors wrong. Again, I am not trying to be critical, that is one sweet cat, but you did ask for feedback.


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    What's a local hobby shop? I haven't seen one in years. I have to do all my shopping online. You are very lucky. Keep them in business, they are a dying breed.
     
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    Bruce, thank you for the compliment and certainly the feedback.

    I struggled a bit trying to find the right color and that's one reason I love this forum; I'm learning a lot.

    The top color is MM Navy Blue Gray 2055, I talked to the hobby shop owner and we both thought that is what I should use. The bottom coat is Flat Gull Gray.

    I am lucky to have a hobby shop close by and they stock a bunch of these little Academy kits. Sadly, as I buy them it doesn't look like they are restocking rather leaning toward gas powered hobbies.
     
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    Nice one, Jon! I liked that little kit, too. Pretty simple, but it looks good built up.
     
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    Copcheck:

    If that is your first attempt at freehand airbrushing, and to have it come out so well, then this old goat has much to learn!! LOL
     
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    By the way, Copcheck, how is the interior detail on that little 'cat?
     
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    Pete,

    The only parts for the interior were the seat, pilot, and stick. There is no dash or side instruments.

    Thanks,

    Jon
     
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    Nice.
    Ed
     
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    Nice job with the kit and painting. Wildcat's are sooo cool; I never tire looking at them.....
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Good work!
     
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    Good work!

    ....wonder if Terry will pop in? :)
     
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    Nice model pal!
     
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    I think it's a little cracker.
    A little more practice with that air brush and you'll be a Contendah. For a first go, you got great results.
     
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    on evilbay there are regulary wildcat kits for sale
     
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