|General Motors, FM-2 "Wildcat" by Frederick J Seitz III|
|Modeler:||Frederick J Seitz III|
It has been awhile since I last posted on this site. I have been busy building, but have not really done any naval subjects until recently.
This is Hobby Boss' FM-2 kit, and as I'm sure most of you know, it has a whole bunch of problems if built straight from the box.
To improve the kit, I used a couple of correction sets from Vector, namely the main correction set, VDS 48022 which includes the engine, wheel bay, cowling, exhausts and rudder. I also used Vector's control surfaces, (VDS 48025) a Cutting Edge prop, (CEC 48404) and True Details resin wheels.
I further used a cockpit borrowed from the Sword's FM-2 kit. I was not thrilled with Sword's FM-2 kit, and the project sat on the shel with other stalled builds until Hobby Boss released their kit. I had a wild idea to see how the would stack up, and Swords cockpit fit into the Hobby Boss like a glove! While the Sword kit may lack much in the plastic department, the resin cockpit they supply is excellent.
The Vector resin parts mate well and line up with litle or no trouble. Care is needed where the forward wing root and wing joins, but otherwise, it's a great addition and really mkes the model look like an FM-2. I would advise anuone thinking of building this kit, to get this correction set.
The pictures will pretty much be self explanitory. There are a couple cockpit shots, one of the engine, and a few other overall pictures at various angles.
I hope you enjoy reading this, as much as I enjoyed building her, as the names implies, she's "Mah Baby"!
Photos and text © 2014 by Frederick J Seitz III
November 16, 2014