I have finally decided to finish up the F4F-4 Wildcat as Marion Dufilho’s Wildcat even if I don’t have much information about which Wildcat he flew on August 24, 1942.
I know he flew a F4F-4 and I know he was a naval aviator aboard USS Saratoga with Richard Harmer. F-8 could even be the plane he flew or it could be the Wildcat Richard Harmer flew on that same day when he crashed his Wildcat aboard the carrier after being wounded.
I guess I will never know unless his son Tom looks at his father’s log book for that information.
My Forgotten Hobby II is a way to remember a hobby I started back as a kid in 1958, and is a way to motivate me with building what I have in my stash. It is also a way to share the experience and the fun of building model airplane kits some of which are in their boxes since the 1980s.
There is nothing worst than having a messed-up workbench or a worktable.
Yesterday I cleaned up the workbench which is a small kitchen table my son had when he was at the university almost 20 years ago. After cleaning up I took these pictures of the progress I have made with my three builds since the end of my streak.
First, the Zero has been almost completed.
The pilot is checking the cockpit.
The nose was painted and the propeller will get a base coat before being painted silver.
The Corsair is still waiting for a coat of white on its underside, and will be the last one to be completed.
I am still undecided about how to finish it, either as Richard Harmer’s F4U-2 Corsair or a Marine Corsair.
Like the Zero, the F4F-4 Wildcat is almost finished.
The Zero will be finished first probably later next week, then the Wildcat, and then the Corsair.
I will be offline for the weekend. It’s my grandson’s birthday party tomorrow.
The Zero, next to the P-51 and Bf-109, is probably the most modeled WWII fighter. The Tamiya kit of the early war Zeke was considered state-of-the-art when it was released over 25 years ago. By today’s standards it’s just okay. Cockpit detail is passable and there are a mix of very fine raised and engraved panel lines. The wheel wells are molded in and detailed plus you get a choice of either open or closed canopy clear parts. The engine is just a half molding so displaying it with the cowl removed or open requires some aftermarket resin. Flaps are molded in place so don’t expect Hasegawa finery here. Despite their age these molds have really stood up to the test of time. There is no flash. The only problem I could see was the lower wing (which is one piece) was a bit warped. The decals are typical Tamiya and seem thick but after application that thickness appears to go away.