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Wildcat 1942 plane/diorama


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Started building this plane in November of last year and finished this one in march, this isn’t actually a kit but a modified toy /representation of the aircraft, I added a better propeller and added ribs on the back of the tail and took off tags on the bottom from the maker and other notches not present on the aircraft. I also modified the cockpit to have the back head rest piece and a seat. The cockpit was also cut open and sanded it down to make it flush with the plane. It is supposed to be crashed on Guam from 1942 but the representation in the model shows it on 1945 after the war showing how it is rotting away.  The diorama was my forest and I am still pretty proud of it.

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Will send better pictures, oh! And also the seat belt is made from some masking tape with som silver and black paint.

I was really happy with those!

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Very good job.  However, I would change the location of your diorama from Guam to someplace else.  As far as I know, Guam didn't have any planes to defend itself and we didn't send any planes to Guam until 1944.

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Oh ok! The reference I found said Guam and it heard early markings, maybe it was midway or something, so maybe this could be Guadalcanal or midway

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Thank you! I am very proud of this one weathering wise, I really like the top “spine” behind the cockpit leading to the tail rudder, that has a lot of acrylic layering and I used a method where you just keep putting in paints before they dry and blend them with enamel thinner. The streaking I was also very proud of.

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A lot of details like bullet holes and back head rest are not present on up close pics as I too them before doing those. lol🤦🏼

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Yes, I have to concur with Lars(ProudKraut). The weathering on the plane is excellent and the foliage that its accumulated when it crashed and just from lying there is well placed and well done.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

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Just wanted to add some better quality pics, these highlight the details and depth of the model but also shows some of my downfall like how the cockpit is to thick, and finger prints on the wings, and excess wash on the wings.

but I think it passes the 5 foot test with flying colors…

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Been nothing to update on here, but I recently entered this in a local model contest at an air museum. And out of 63 models I won second place overall and 1st in my category, I had a great time talking to people and an everyone had lot’s of interest, it was pretty cool. I am now working on a P61 black widow for next years and a giant panther G. Now I can officially say this an award winning model.😂

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Congratulations!! A well deserved award. You did a fine job and an interesting subject. Keep up the good work.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny

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