HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT BETWEEN THE WARS

GRUMMAN FF-1 (9351), 5-F-1 of VF-5B, USS LEXINGTON c. 1935

by George Grasse

RVHP RV4018 1:48 SCALE INJECTION KIT OF THE GRUMMAN FF-1 *

RVHP GRUMMAN "FIFI" BOX ART
* AN EXPLANATION IS IN ORDER HERE:  I BUILT THE RVHP 1:48 SCALE SF-1 FOR A FRIEND BUT ALSO BOUGHT ANOTHER KIT FOR ME.  RATHER THAN ACQUIRE THE FF-1 KIT, I DECIDED TO CONVERT Y SF-1 KIT INTO THE FF-1 FIGHTER VERSION. 

NOTE THAT THE BOX ART INCORRECTLY LABELS THE KIT AS 1/72.  SO, I'M BUILDING THE FF-1 FROM THE SF-1 KIT.

 

 GRUMMAN FF-1 THREE-VIEW PLAN
Image credit:  United States Naval Aviation, 1919-1941, by E. R. Johnson (see also bibliography) 

 

MODEL TO BE BUILT -  Grumman FF-1 BuNo. 9351, 5-F-1, of VF-5B, USS Lexington c. 1935
Photo credit:  Grumman FF-1 by Phil H. Listemann (see also bibliography).

CONSTRUCTION PHOTO #1


FUSELAGE GETTING STARTED: Not quite yet.

 

COLOR TABLE

Aluminum ???? sPRAY Overall Fuselage, Wings, and Tail
Insignia Red Model Master 1705 Insignia Red ???
True Blue Polly S 1432 Dragon Blue ???
   

 

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MODELING REFERENCES

Dann, Richard S., LCDR USNR.  Grumman Biplane Fighters in Action.  Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, Inc., 1996.

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

Listemann, Phil H.  Grumman FF-1 (Allied Wings Series No. 6).  Printed in France: www.raf-in-combat.com.  Email: philedition@wanadoo.fr

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

  

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