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Trumpeter pre-war F4F-3

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#1 Bstarr3

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 05:12 PM

So there I sat, staring at the 4 (!) Poorly organized sprues that are the Revell 1/48 B-17. Looking at all the flash, the poorly fitting pieces, and the struggle of fitting all the aftermarket, I sighed, put everything neatly back in the box, and put off my cutaway B-17 yet again.

Looking for something not too challenging, a little different, and that wouldn't take too long, I pulled this kit off of my shelf. Perfect. Not too many parts, good details right OOB, and a colorful pre-war paint scheme. I started as per instructions with the cockpit, which goes together nicely after cleaning some minimal flash. The cockpit on these pre-war birds was painted silver lacquer. I've used MRP super silver for this color, and I think it looks the part.

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Some of the sidewall parts in primer black.

The IP is decent if sparse, but then so was the 1:1. It's an acetate film with the plastic faceplate over it. I painted the background white to help the dial faces pop and added a drop of clear to each of the dials for glass.

Button up the cockpit, a little detail painting, some lead foil seatbelts, and then on to the engine.

Edited by Bstarr3, 26 April 2018 - 05:13 PM.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 06:18 AM

Finished work on the cockpit tonight.

First, some detail painting in the sidewalls and IP. I kept looking for ways to dress up the IP, but references confirmed that it was just this dull. Used Airscale generic cockpit placards to busy things up.

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My first attempt at scratching lead foil seatbelts. I like the way they came out. The brackets are bomb mounts from the spare box.

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Found a reasonably buckle-like piece of PE in the spares box and painted my foil seatbelts khaki.
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Assembled cockpit with very light weathering. I plan for this to be a well maintained and clean pre-war machine.

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Edited by Bstarr3, 27 April 2018 - 06:26 AM.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 01:45 PM

Wow pretty nice so far...
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Posted 27 April 2018 - 07:23 PM

Wow pretty nice so far...

Cheers.  I really like the look of the silver cockpit compared to the usual green. 


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 09:35 PM

Very nice painting! 


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 10:38 PM

Thanks, Gary



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Posted 28 April 2018 - 06:34 AM

Very nice detail painting.  I built Trumpeter's F4F-4 version of this aircraft and though the cockpit was pretty nice oob.  As you show, good painting and a few placards go a long way to dressing it up.

 

Ernest 


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Posted 29 April 2018 - 03:02 AM

Thank you. Starting to work on the engine a little bit today. Will post some pics once I have paint on
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 06:53 AM

Very nice. 



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Posted 23 May 2018 - 05:48 AM

Here is the result of the last few weeks worth of intermittent, fits and starts progress. Modelling season is slowly giving way to grilling and gardening season.

Firewall and engine mount. This is my first Trumpeter kit - I see why they have a reputation for engineering details that can't possibly be displayed.

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I decided not to wire this engine, but just to let the very nice kit part speak for itself.

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Cockpit and gear bay/engine bearers installed and fuselage halves together, and seam work completed (I think). Rescribing and reriveting completed where necessary.

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With the engine dryfitted and clear cowling applied, just to see how it looks.

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Cockpit details are absolutely buried in this deep,round-sided fuselage.

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Next work will be on the wings and tailplanes. After getting a taste of Trumpeter's fidgety rod and tab adjustable control surfaces with the rudder, I'm not looking forward to doing 4 more of those types of assemblies.

Also, any advice on undercarriage color for a yellow winged wildcat? Instructions call for grey, but I don't know if thats accurate.

Edited by Bstarr3, 23 May 2018 - 05:55 AM.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 08:56 AM

I really like the effects your washes have on NMF parts!  Great engine!

 

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:59 AM

This is looking good, I have one of these in the stash so this is good reference material as you do not see many built.

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 04:43 PM

That F4F kit made me a "believer" for Trumpeter's 1/32 WWII USN kits.

 

As I mentioned on another string, I frankly found it a better build then an Accurate Miniatures' TBF.

 

As for the undercarriage colors, judging by the museum photos, I would use a mix of metallic (that might be a chromed piston rod) and gray upper with gray lower bracing:

 

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Edited by Gigant, 23 May 2018 - 04:46 PM.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:13 PM

Thanks for the picture.  Like the others I've seen in my research, it's hard for me to tell between a "Grumman grey" primer color and the metallic of the silver lacquer paint elsewhere on the plane.  I'll go with the instructions here and stick with grey







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