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Jamie Cheslo

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Hi folks;

It has been a long time since I have posted any builds, as I have just recently got back into the hobby. I am retiring from a 33 year career this June and now is the time to focus on some other things in life, like building, for instance.  So here is my first completed build in some time. A rather unique subject, the Grumman F4F-3S "Wildcatfish"  Only one was ever completed and it never went into production. It had poor flight characteristics, was under-powered with the added weight, and by the time it was ready to go into production, the Americans were already building landing strips on the captured Pacific Islands, thus rendering the aircraft obsolete before it even got started! So because I am rusty, I used this 1/48 Hobby Boss kit as a test-bed for improving my airbrushing technique, and experimenting with some new techniques like pre-shading, mottling of fuselage colours, etc. Certainly no contest winner, this, but I have to say, being very rusty, I am pleased with how it turned out. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Please excuse the dust on the computer lid. It has not been used for quite some time. 65NGYyl.jpg5gXxqXw.jpgT63lyXx.jpg

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Nice work!

 

That was a good kit to build.

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42 minutes ago, dnl42 said:

Nice work!

 

That was a good kit to build.

Thanks so much! I agree, it was fun and trouble-free. Cheers!

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17 hours ago, CaptainObvious said:

Awesome work on a unique subject.
Welcome back!
-co

 

Thanks so much! I have never built anything with pontoons before!

Cheers!

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Yes! Very unique and very nicely built, painted and weathered,  sir. Congratulations! Kind regards,  Dutch 

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58 minutes ago, Dutch said:

Yes! Very unique and very nicely built, painted and weathered,  sir. Congratulations! Kind regards,  Dutch 

Thank you so much, Dutch! Cheers!

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Wow on first glance I thought you'd bashed a few kits together and scratch built a bunch of stuff, very surprising to see it was actually a real thing. I learnt something today! haha

Very well done on the build! 👍

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Crikey! I’ll bet that thing flew like a dumptruck.  Nice job.

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