**** DONE: 1/48 F7F-2N Tigercat – Night War of WWII

Discussion in '#28 Night War of WWII - Allied or Axis' started by T Bolt, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. T Bolt

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    #1 T Bolt, Dec 9, 2015
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    User Name: T Bolt
    Name: Glenn
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    Kit: AMT Grumman F7F-2/2N Tigercat
    Scale: 1/48th
    Accessories: Some scratch building in the cockpits and CMK resin wheels

    48 F7F-2N Tigercat BuNo 80323 from VF(N)-52 as seen during carrier qualifications on board the USS Antietam April 1945

    The Tigercat was a bit too late to see combat during the war but it came close. VMF(N)-531, the first unit to fly the F7F-2N shipped out for combat duty in the Pacific in July 1945 and their ship was nearing Guam when the first atomic bomb was dropped.

    I wasn’t aware of the Tigercat until about 20 years ago when I was visiting the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. It that time they regularly flew several of their aircraft and this day it was the Tigercat. I remember walking out to the fence along the runway behind the museum and watching it take off and land and do several low flybys with the engines screaming. I’ve been a fan of it ever since and bought this kit as soon as it came out. I’m glad this GB will give me an excuse to finally build it. f7f2-2.jpg f7f2sideview.jpg
     
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    Nice simple paint job Glenn, nice choice.

    I read a book by a marine Avenger pilot, he got to fly an F-7f as the war was ending so it might have been the same one !
     
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    Good one Glenn, and, like you, I've long admired the Tigercat, ever since seeing the one which used to be on the UK airshow circuit, back in the 1980's.
    BTW, see my comments re the vinyl tyres, in the GB Discussion thread.
     
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    #5 T Bolt, Dec 9, 2015
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    PC091581.JPG PC091582.JPG PC091583.JPG PC091584.JPG PC091585.JPG PC091586.JPG PC091587.JPG tigercat.jpg Not a lot of choice of color scheme with the -2N. Unless you want a gaudy bright yellow machine they used for testing your choice is blue, blue, or maybe blue.

    Well anyway here is what came in the box. Nice surface detail, but a lot of flash which will have to be cleaned up.
     
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    Looking good to me.
     
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    Does look good, decals look a bit thick though ?
     
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    Good choice! It will be a good comparison to the other twin engined NF's in this GB.
     
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    Love that little hot rod. If you need details let me know.

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    Waiting to see the magic start.
     
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    This one almost came out of the stash for this build,Nice Choice Glenn ;)
     
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    Thanks for the offer George. I have plenty of exterior shots and a few of the forward cockpit, but almost nothing of the rear cockpit. The only thing I could find was a shot through the canopy of the Tigercat that use to be at the AirZoo but it had been totally gutted and rebuilt to take a passenger. Anything you have on that would be helpful.
     
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    Check your email Glenn.



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    You da man George!! That's just what I needed.
     
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    #15 T Bolt, Dec 10, 2015
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    PC101588.JPG It Begins
    Started with the wings. The intake had a very sad rendering of a screen set in a few millimeters that I removed (sorry, forgot to take a picture) I figured an empty dark hole would look better, and that way I could do a better job of shaping the openings. The picture shows it after I did most of the shaping work on the inlets and glued the wings together. Still need to clean up the wing joint and the corners of the inlets
     
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    Good start Glenn.
     
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    Nicely done so far Glenn!
     
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