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A belated Happy Easter to you all.

 

I've been busy over the weekend getting lots completed a pair of drop tanks ready for installation followed by all the little bits 

1x propeller

3x masts

1x pitot tube 

2x nav. lights 

1x canopy rear section 

This was followed up by starting the exhaust stains with oils which wasn't giving me the effect needed so they were completed with Tamiya smoke and Tamiya Dark Earth

 

Last picture shows the Martlet 3 which is catching up nicely' decal roundels throughout although the fuselage ones where laid over a white disc of paint due to the dark colours underneath the fin flash was masked and sprayed using Tamiya acrylics, "F" was the same but this took an hour and twenty minutes to mask two "F's" and three minutes to spray them white. Regardless very pleased with the outcome.

 

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4 hours ago, Fanes said:

Fantastic work Vince!

One minor thing:
Are you sure about the silver prop hub and cuffs?

I thought they were painted in white on the ASW Wildcats (at least on the F4F-4s).

 

Cheers

Joachim

Hi Joachim

Working from black and photo you can never be sure

I've interpreted it as silver what do you think?

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A very interesting point was raised by Joachim and after some digging about on the internet I found this 

Aircraft no 8 most definitely has a white painted hub and cuffs

Aircraft no 5 is natural metal hub.

if I can find a spare prop the spare can be painted with white hub cuff and then I can have fun at model shows swapping them every now and then.

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10 hours ago, Vince Blackburn said:

Hi Joachim

Working from black and photo you can never be sure

I've interpreted it as silver what do you think?

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I used the pictures in the fundekals F4F manual as a reference:

https://fundekals.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FD32012_FD48034_Inst.pdf

Scroll down to p.23 - there are some really good photos of VC-13 ASW Wildcats and it looks like there is (white?) paint sprayed on the cuff - especially regarding the overspray on the rear (on p.27).

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39 minutes ago, Fanes said:

I used the pictures in the fundekals F4F manual as a reference:

https://fundekals.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/FD32012_FD48034_Inst.pdf

Scroll down to p.23 - there are some really good photos of VC-13 ASW Wildcats and it looks like there is (white?) paint sprayed on the cuff - especially regarding the overspray on the rear (on p.27).

Wow a great source of information thanks very much will have a dig around in my spares box for another prop

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5 hours ago, Vince Blackburn said:

Wow a great source of information thanks very much will have a dig around in my spares box for another prop

 

Good morning Vince,

Beautiful job on both a/c... Let me know if you are in need of a trumpeter wildcat prop... I have a couple kits - but I'm using a hamilton standard hub and blades on mine so you're welcome to the kit props if you need them... Have a great day, Mike

 

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Excellent job on the FM-2! As an addition (and hopefully these will help), I have these images scanned from the album of one Erwin Mott Jr. from Bridgeport, CT. We have a display with some of his flight suits from his long career spanning WWII (when he was flying these Wildcats in the Mid-Atlantic) into post war Naval Air Reserve. Enjoy.

 

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