Adrian “Evelion”, who had already shown his stunning Mustang model in our gallery, has now sent us pictures of his earlier model, the training Wildcat FM-2 used in Hawaii. The model kit received as a prize in the competition was his first contact with Arma Hobby – so satisfying that Adrian quickly reached for our new models. Let us, however, let the author speak.
This time I would like to present the FM-2 Wildcat model. It was from him that my adventure with Armahobby models began.
The model kit – like every other kit from this company – shows exemplary precision and level of detail. When I saw these sharp details, and the ease of assembly, I already knew that I buy the rest of the company’s models blind – even the quality of the plastic is excellent.
To the basic kit, I added dedicated cockpit PE details, a few small elements outside and the flaps. Basically, there were no problems with the assembly. Only with the undercarriage I had a minor trouble. One of the elements of the plastic supports must be bent. Despite the extremely gentle treatment, the part did not withstand bending and cracked. I made a damaged element from a wire of the appropriate diameter.
I chose the boxart painting scheme, more classic. At first, I considered yellow scheme, I was wondering: yellow will be a pretty good challenge. But finally I opted for a three-colour classic. I also wanted to play with colourful camouflage rather than apply one colour, even if it is difficult one. Initially, I tried to mask individual colours with patafix in order to reflect delicate transitions between colours. However, it still felt too sharp to me and I ended up manually painting with an airbrush. The paints are mainly Vallejo and, as always, the right dose of oil washes and pigments adds “heaviness” and emphasizes the shapes.
- Buy model kit FM-2 Wildcat Training Cats in the Arma Hobby webstore
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