1/48 FM-1 Wildcat

by  Hobby Boss
Product Description
This item is an injection-plastic aircraft model kit.   Click here for sizing chart.
An all-new tooling of the Wildcat, but this time of the mid/late-war Eastern Aircraft-built FM-1 version! Of course, what everyone wants to know is, how does it compare to Big T's kit? Well, it stacks up pretty well, to be honest. All surface detail is petite and recessed, including all the rivets, which seems to be the trend with recent Chinese kits. The panel lines on the wing look to be accurate for an FM-1. The cockpit doesn't have a floor (which is correct), just foot troughs; however, the fuel tank under the cockpit is missing (Big T didn't include one either). Easy enough to "fake" with a couple of pieces of sheet styrene to block off the "see through" effect through the lower windows. Both intercoolers are supplied, which is an improvement, although they probably won't be visible unless you really look. Underwing drop tanks are provided; however, as far as I know, they were never fitted to -3s -- put them in the spares box and fill the holes in the lower wing. Markings are given for a tricolor aircraft of VC-33 off the Nassau and an Atlantic-schemed aircraft of VC-12 off the USS Core.
Assembly Guide
Date Released:
March 2008
Package Size/Weight:
38.0 x 25.0 x 5.4 cm / 310g

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