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Number and Description:
32-145 Battlin' Wildcats
|Contents and Media:
instruction sheet with a colour cardboard header
||Good timing for
forthcoming Trumpeter kit; high quality instructions; two varied
schemes; decals sharply printed and in perfect register
painting sequence for first option (see text).
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Custom Aeronautical Miniatures (Cam Decals) have
covered these two aircraft in 1/48 scale on their 48-110 Battlin’
Wildcats sheet. Thankfully, for the fans of the larger 1/32 scale, Cam
Decals have scaled them up and issued them as 32-145 Battlin’
Wildcats. The 48-110 Battlin’ Wildcats sheet has been previewed
previously here on Hyperscale and I see no reason to re-invent the
wheel so I have cut-and-pasted the relevant parts of that preview
The first aircraft is Bureau No 1876 from VF-72 when based on the USS
Wasp in February 1941. It is painted in overall aluminium with
orange-yellow upper wings and gloss black vertical and horizontal
stabilizers and lower cowling. The modeller has to paint the diagonal
wing bands in gloss black and edge them with the supplied white
stripes. Ouch! There is a disaster waiting to happen. I would have
preferred to have seen it the other way round – paint the stripe on in
white and then apply a thicker black decal down the centre.
The second aircraft is a USMC one, Bureau No 3923, from VMF-111 and it
is painted in overall light grey with Wargames red crosses painted on
both sides of the fuselage and the tops and bottoms of the wings. The
fuselage red crosses have been manufactured to make allowances for the
curved sides of the fuselage – a nice touch. Whilst this scheme lacks
the visual appeal of the “Yellow Winged” Wildcats it is great to see
that Cam Decals have provided decals of this scheme. The red crosses
will certainly make this one stand out in your model cabinet.
Enough national insignia are provided to enable one aircraft to be
built. They have been supplied as two-part decals to address the
register issue. Good news really as you can uses the larger ones to
build a later -4 Wildcat that did not use the red centre.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The decals themselves have been printed by
Microscale. The instruction sheet is the ubiquitous A-4 sized sheet
with detailed drawings for either subject to show the colour scheme,
decal placement. The stiff cardboard header also shows the same
profiles this time however, they are in colour.
Packaging is in the tried and true Zip-loc bag with a stiff cardboard
header, simple yet effective.
The placement sheet recommends the old Revell F4F-4 kit converted to
-3 standards. This conversion is not really for the feint hearted. If
you really want to do it you can find guidance on Scott Van Aken’s
Modelling Madness website:
Or, you wait for the new 1/32 scale
Trumpeter F4F-3 kit to hit the shelves.
Brookhurst Hobbies for
the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at
http://www.camdecals.com and from
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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14 August, 2003
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