Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat
Italeri, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No. 2660 -
parts in grey plastic; five clear plastic parts; markings for
is available online from Hannants website and
||Well moulded in high
quality plastic, crisply engraved surface texture; new-tool
styrene tyres; good detail; useful options (rockets, bombs,
drop tank, positionable canopies); high
quality clear parts; nice marking options; the only
injection-moulded option for a 1/48 scale F7F-3N
propeller cuffs moulded on the wrongs edges; a few ejector pin
circles on interior surfaces.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Italeri's 1/48 scale F7F-3N Tigercat will
be available online from Squadron.com
AMT's 1/48 scale Tigercats hailed from their brief but shining Golden
Age in the 1990s, and the Tigercat family are amongst the best models to
be released during this period. With the demise of AMT's aircraft kit
production, these kits have been unavailable for some time.
It is therefore pleasing to see my favourite from this family, AMT's
1/48 scale F7F-3N Tigercat night fighter, now released by Italeri.
The kit comprises 108 parts
in medium grey styrene and five parts in clear. Panel lines are crisply
recessed. The plastic used by Italeri for this release appears to be of
a higher quality than the soft material originally employed by AMT.
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Engine detail is good, wheels wells are boxed in and the cockpit is
decent straight from the box. The complex undercarriage is well
represented, even including moulded-on hydraulic lines.
Supplied stores include eight rockets, two 500lb bombs and a centreline
One of the irritations with some of the original AMT
kits, including the Tigercats, was the inclusion of vinyl tyres which
were hard to paint and would eventually eat the plastic wheels! I was
very pleased to see that Italeri has moulded brand new plastic tyres. No
more painting or deterioration issues.
The overall shape and contours are good, but the radome nose is a bit
undernourished. If this concerns you, several correction and conversion
sets were available to replace the kit nose. The only other problem is
the propeller assembly. The cuff is moulded on the wrong side of the
propeller blades. It should be at the trailing edge but it is at the
leading edge. This makes the blades look a bit like they are on
backwards. A fix is also
available for this, via
Cutting Edge's corrected F7F propeller assembly.
The clear parts are free of distortion but the the sliding section of the
of the forward canopy will ride high when in the "open" position
on both variants.
A vacform replacement will address this problem.
Four marking options are offered, including two in black and two in
Glossy Sea Blue.
Italeri's release of the 1/48 scale F7F-3N Tigercat Night Fighter
will be welcomed by modellers of US Navy and Marine aircraft, Korean War
and Night Fighter subjects in general.
The inclusion of replacement plastic wheels and the four new marking
options are nice upgrades to the original kit.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 21 May, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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