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Italeri 1/48 F7F-3 Tigercat

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Next up is the Italeri 1/48 F7F-3 Tigercat with Eduard photo etch details. The F7F-3 aircraft entered service late in the war in 1944. They were produced in day fighter, night fighter and photo-reconnaissance versions. They were originally designed to be carrier based but there were some issues that caused them to fail carrier qualification. They ended up being used by the Marines and did most of their service later during the Korean War.

  Starting off with the cockpit, the dashboard was detailed with photo etch parts. The photo etch seat was adorned with the seatbelts then mounted to the cockpit. While assembling the cockpit to the fuselage I noticed the kit did not have parts for the front a rear bulkheads of the nose gear bay.

I used a contour gauge to measure the fuselage and cut out the bulkheads from sheet styrene. They grabbing so extra photo etch parts from my spares drawer I detailed the bulkheads . with a little minor shaping they fit right in.  Another detail I did was to drill out the gun barrels of the nose guns for a more realistic appearance.

 

See my build log for more detailed photos.  https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f7f-3-tigercat/

 

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Excellent start! Very well organized (and neat) work bench too!

 

GIL :cool:

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