Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat – 1/48 – Tamiya by Jim Fox

Wildcat 77 was flown by James Swett of VMF-221, Marine Air Corp 12, 1st Marine Air Wing out of Guadalcanal. Swett didn’t take long to mark his place in history as an Ace. As a matter of fact, Swett became an Ace in a day on his first mission.  April 7, Yamamoto orders a major strike on Guadalcanal.  Swett while out flying a standard defensive dawn patrol had just landed low on fuel when the coast watcher alert came in saying that the Japanese were on their way.  Swett’s division flew to Tulagi Harbor to protect targets from the Japanese dive bombers.  The battle insued and over the next few minutes Swett would have downed 7 Vals and survive being downed himself.  For his actions that day, First Lieutenant Swett was awarded the Medal of Honor Citation.  Swett went on to score 8.5 more victories in F4U Corsairs totaling 15.5 kills.

What can really be said about this kit that hasn’t already been said?  This kit is another one of Tamiya’s box shakers.  About the only filling needed for this kit is just for general seam finishing.  Painting on this kit was straight forward with Blue Gray over Gray.  For the upper surfaces I used Mr Color’s Blue Gray but I honestly don’t recall what I used for the under surfaces as it was a year between painting and completion.  Decals were taken from various sheets and leftovers to make Wildcat 77.  During the process of building this there was a long break taken during the construction plus a move.  Somewhere along the way the tail wheel was lost so this kit is lacking that at the moment.  I have another Tamiya Wildcat in the stash and maybe I can get around to casting a replacement, unless someone has a better idea.


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