by Jeff Thomsen
Grumman F7F Tigercat Water
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This model represents an aircraft I used to refuel
during fire season at Santa Barbara's USFS Air Tanker Base in the 1970s.
I used AMT's 1/48 scale Tigercat kit with a water
bomber conversion kit by Ventura Hobbies. The slurry tank is resin and
quite heavy, and seeing how spindly the landing gear were on the AMT
kit, I tried to thin the walls of the tank as much as possible before
finished my Tigercat using Model Master Insignia White, Chevrolet Engine
Red, and SNJ metallic paint.
Decals are aftermarket (I don't recall who made
I'm sill waiting for the nose strut to break off,
but AMT made a beautiful kit overall.
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