S u m m a r y
||Osprey Modelling 39,
Modelling the F4F Wildcat by Mark Glidden, Osprey
||Soft cover; 80 pages plus covers
and colour chart
GBP£12.99 or USD$18.95 available online from Osprey Publishing
||Process of building well
described; very high standard of modelling; plenty of photographs; interesting
and varied projects; useful
techniques; good list of reference books; includes colour
Reviewed by Rodger
Osprey's Modelling the
F4F Wildcat is available online from
"Modelling the F4F Wildcat" by Mark Glidden is the latest title in
Osprey Publishing’s ever growing Modelling Series.
the title suggests, the book features the stubby single-engine monoplane
fighter aircraft designed by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering
Corporation and produced by both them and the Eastern Aircraft Division
of General Motors.
Osprey seems to be experimenting with the layout of their Modelling
Series books of late and this one, too, is unique from its previously
released stablemates in that it features a six-page “walk around”
section consisting of 28 colour photographs of two different restored
machines – an FM-2 located at the Palm Springs Air Museum and F4F-4
Bureau Number 11828, located at the San Diego Air And Space museum which
was recovered from Lake Michigan in 1995 by the U.S. Navy following its
crash in 1942 and restored by the museum’s volunteers. We are also
treated to four profiles by HyperScale contributor Thierry Dekker that
illustrate examples of both U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps
Other than these differences this book provides you with the same basic
format of Osprey’s familar Modelling Series. This title includes a
series a builds of different kits and scales with the chapters starting
from a simple and close to out-of-the-box build and progressing through
an easy minor conversion, a more complex conversion and concluding with
a complex and difficult one.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
book commences with an introduction followed by nine chapters:
The Wildcat in
Detail. This chapter advises on the designations borne by the
Wildcat, the characteristics of each designations and notes on each.
dealing with the actual builds of individual kits. The previously
mentioned walk around.
A chapter dealing
with different building techniques favoured by the author.
A two page chapter
providing a listing of available Wildcat kits and accessories in
1/144, 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales.
A listing of
extant Wildcats and the museums/collections they belong to.
A listing of
suggested further reading, videos and websites.
included is a page with 11 paint swatches with explanations as to the
use of the various colours.
individual build chapters are:
Desert Cat – Building the Hasegawa 1/72
scale kit as a Martlet III using scratch building skills to overcome the
kit’s inadequacies, a True Details resin seat, cockpit set and an Eduard
brass photo etch set designed for the kit.
Midway Ride - Converting the 1/48 scale Tamiya F4F-4 into the earlier
F4F-3. Again, using basic modelling skills for the actual conversion
and various resin and photo-etch sets for detailing it. The accessories
used include the Eduard phot-etch set for the Tamiya kit, the Ultracast
resin seat, Cutting Edge navigation lights, flying control surfaces and
gun sight, Quickboost resin .50 cal barrels, elements of the Just Plane
Stuff resin conversion, Superscale, and Yellow Wings decals and Eduard
and Tally Ho paint masks.
Mixed Breed Cat – Using Tamiya’s 1/48
scale F4F-4 kit to improve the 1/48 scale Sword FM-2 kit. Basic
modelling skills combined with aftermarket resin/photo-etch sets to
provide detailing. The aftermarket sets used in this chapter include an
Ultracast resin seat, Cutting Edge gun sight and propeller, KMC engine,
Eduard canopy masking set with the markings coming from Techmod, Mike
Grant (instrument dial faces) and Archers Fine Transfers for the cockpit
A Cat Takes to Water – Converting the
Tamiya F4F-4 to the F4F-3S Wildcatfish. Not for the feint hearted!
Basic modelling skills and various resin/photo-etch sets combined to
produce a unique model. The aftermarket sets used include the RVHP
Wildcatfish conversion set, Eduard photo-etch set, Aires resin detail
set, Cutting Edge gun sight, Montex national insignia masking set and
Squadron-Signal vac-formed canopy.
Being a fan of WWII aviation and the owner of at least six of the 1/48
scale Tamiya F4F kits I was happy to get my hands this book. I am
especially impressed with the Wildcat in Detail chapter as it goes a
long way to helping understand the various differences between the
Wildcat in both US and British use and enjoyed seeing another modeller’s
way of approaching the various builds that I am contemplating myself.
book is well written and profusely illustrated with large, clear, full
colour photographs of each build which go a long way in illustrating the
author’s written descriptions of each build.
book is comprised of 82 glossy pages measuring 243mm x 185mm between
cardboard covers and is well illustrated with 204 colour photographs of
both full size Wildcats and the featured models under construction.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 20 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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