Grumman F4F Wildcat...
...TopDrawings No.48, new from Kagero, via Casemate Books
Title: TopDrawings, Grumman F4F Wildcat
Author: Oleksandr Boiko
Number 48 in the TopDrawings series of books from Kagero, for the Grumman F4F Wildcat. A softcover book of 17 pages, plus an additional A3 size sheet tucked into it. It contains fine scale drawings showing the variants in detail in both 1/48 and 1/32 scales. It starts with the first F4F design, which was for another Grumman biplane, though that was dropped and the mid-mounted wing monoplane became the Wildcat we know. There are also drawings of a version on floats, as well as those with the conventional wheeled undercarriage. The other handy drawings include the folded wings.
In addition to the plans, there are 6 pages of very nicely done colour profiles, plus the back cover. These illustrate Royal Navy Martlets in green/grey camouflage, desert sand and overall dark blue, along with US Navy Wildcats also in a variety of colours and marking schemes from early to later war periods. A well used aircraft by both the Royal Navy and the US Navy so plenty of scope for the modeller. With recent, modern production standard kits from Airfix now available, I am sure this will be a popular one.
One other little bonus for modellers that you will find tucked into the pages is a small sheet of foil masks for the cockpit glazing of both 1/72 (Airfix) and 1/48 (Tamiya) models.
Distributed by Casemate Books, who kindly provided my review copy.