HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT BETWEEN THE WARS

 

BOEING F4B-4 (9026), 6-F-12 of VF-6B, USS SARATOGA c. 1935

by George Grasse

CLASSIC AIRFRAMES CA4002 1:48 SCALE INJECTION KIT OF THE BOEING F4B-4 c. 1935

CLASSIC AIRFRAMES BOEING F4B-4 BOX ART

 

 BOEING F4B-4 THREE-VIEW PLAN
Image credit:   United States Navy and Marine Corps Fighters 1918-1962, compiled by Paul R. Matt, edited by Bruce Robertson, Harleyford Publications, published by Aero Publishers, Inc., Fallbrook, CA, 1962. 

 

MODEL TO BE BUILT - BOEING F4B-4 (9026) 6-F-10 of VF-6B, USS SARATOGA c. 1935
Photo credit:  USN Aircraft 1922-1962 by Phil H. Listemann, Volume 5, page 28 (see Bibliography).

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #1


FUSELAGE GETTING STARTED: The resin parts are from the kit to which have been added solder wire for tubing, white plastic for a small electrical box, and plastic tubing for the fire extinguisher. 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #2
FUSELAGE CONTINUATION:  All of the interior has been sprayed to represent the aluminum finish.  Details were picked out with semi-gloss black, green, and beige seatbelts. 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #3
FUSELAGE HALVES JOINED:  The seams are puttied.  When thoroughly dry, they will be sanded down with progressively finer sand paper.  Note that this model does not have its 'front deck' installed yet.  The 'sister' F4B-4 by Classic Airframes being built at the same time has a complete fuselage in two halves (click here)

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #4
WINGS, TAIL UNIT, UNDERSIDE COMPONENTS:  The lower wing is a single piece and fit nicely with the fuel tank covering the joined area.  The tail struts wee made from what's left of my old Strutz collection of brass strut material.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #5
TOP VIEW OF PROGRESS TO DATE:  The cockpit is plugged to prevent future painting from marring the inside.  If you look closely at the tail unit, the wire support rigging is barely visible - it's made from .005 monofilament thread.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #6
LANDING GEAR STRUTS:  The landing gear struts on each side were cast as individual "V" struts and could not fit properly (note also that I have to correct the alignment).  I cut the rear strut off from the main strut.  I glued the large front struts to the fuselage and the axle to the struts.  After thorough drying, I re-cut the rear struts to fit and glued them in place.  The projection on the axle for the wheels was too small and too short.  I glued a piece of brass rod along the axis of axle as a substitute.  Note that the arrestor hook has been glued to the underside.  

 

COLOR TABLE

Naval Gray Vallejo VC0989 Sky Grey Fuselage and Struts
Aluminum Vallejo VC0997 Silver Flying Surfaces except Upper Surface Top Wing
Black Model Master 4659 French Blue Section Color (4th of VF-6B)
White Model Master 1768 White Tail Color (USS Saratoga)
Orange Yellow Tamiya 8034 Camel Yellow 1 Upper Surface Top Wing Only

1 Sprayed over two light coats of  Tamiya 8046 Light Sand

   

 

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MODELING REFERENCES

Davis, Larry.  P-12/F4B in Action (Aircraft Number 141).  Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc, 1993.

Doyle, David.  USS Saratoga, Squadron at Sea Series.  Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc., 2013.

Freeman, Peter.  Wings of the Fleet, US Navy & Marine Corps Aviation, 1919-1941.  Ardington, UK: The Aviation Workshop Publications, Inc., 2010.

Johnson, E. R.  United States Naval Aviation, 1919-1941.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.

Listemann, Phil H.  USN Aircraft 1922-1962, Volume 5. Philedition, 2017.   

Robertson, Bruce, Editor.  United States Navy and Marine Corps Fighters 1918-1962.  Fallbrook, CA: Aero Publishers, 1962.

  

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