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Readers’ Gallery: Drew Hatch’s 1/48 F4F-3 Wildcat/Martlet III (Late)

Drew Hatch posted this quick build of Hobbyboss’ late model F4F-3 Wildcat/Martlet III. Drew also provided some interesting history on this variant.

Finished! Well, I can complete something in a weekend (or long one). Not a contest quality build by any means, but finished. If I were to build this kit again, I would first add the upper wings to the fuselage concentrating on fit and dihedral. The complex landing gear was a bit problematic, but no worse than Tamiya’s offering. All in all, nothing a knife and basic thinking skills can’t handle.

It’s finished with Extra acrylix 602 gray and an old floquil Br middlestone. I’m not too convinced that the middlestone is the right shade -fair bit too light (compared to my color chart) and references, but no big deal really.

The Martlet 3 is really an obscurity. It was never meant to be in US nor Brit service. They were ordered by Greece, but due to the Germans they never took delivery. There is a controversy as to what equipment was in them. It wasn’t standard US and not made to Brit specs. The Brits gave it the Mk III name as they already had the Mk II, and had another variant, the Mk IV, already coming in service with the FAA. In Africa, the RAF didn’t want them, so they went by default to the RN. The RN didn’t really want them, but had several pilots trained in Mk II’s that were without an operational unit. They became 805 RN Western Desert fighter Sqn. If you noticed, the plane still carries it’s US factory BU#.

1 thought on “Readers’ Gallery: Drew Hatch’s 1/48 F4F-3 Wildcat/Martlet III (Late)”

  1. Hi, nice model!!

    Regarding the paintschemes of 805 Sqn FAA desert martlets from the historical point of view there are still differing opinions. The only original photographs available are showing them (in the desert) in overall light color scheme, most possibly light grey. The experts of eagle strike decals are stating this too. No evidence for aquiring any desert camo during service. But there are other opinions too, osprey and other sources are given profiles of mid stone upper surfaces (aircraft K) or even mid stone/dark earth (aircraft X).

    Anyway what i’m seriously in doubt about are the type of the upper wings roundels you choosed. They are a pre-war type. From about mid 1940 onwards the two colored type (A ?) roundel was used. Blue disc with red inner only. All profiles/pictures i know so far are showing this two colored upper wing roundel, regardless of the camo.

    All the best and carry on


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