F7F TIGERCAT

HpH models 1/32 F7F TIGERCAT

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The Grumman F7F Tigercat is a heavy fighter aircraft that served with the United States Navy (USN) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) from late in World War II until 1954. It was the first twin-engine fighter to be deployed by the USN. While the Tigercat was delivered too late to see combat in World War II, it saw action as a night fighter and attack aircraft during the Korean War. Designed initially for service on Midway-class aircraft carriers, early production F7Fs were land-based variants. The type was too large to operate from older and smaller carriers, and only a late variant (F7F-4N) was certified for carrier service.


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The kit comes in a typical HPH box , long enough , but broad and shallow , divided  into six cells where each contains some of the pieces of kit divided into categories (engines , landing gear etc).
Wow ! This is the first word that comes to my mind in front of the open box .
I am taking in hands the fuselage parts : so smooth , with full , fine riveting and panel lines , unbelievable clear !

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Cockpit's sidewalls and front landing well are also very impressive : a full framing in perfect allingnment with the riveting is presend having on some "boxes" and cables and all the rivets on the frame !
Next parts : wings . What the f*** ! Someone have spend alot of time scribing all of those rivets , panel lines and access doors .
Fantastic result , hard to believe is true . The wings has also a central reinforcement beam in both half part , avoiding the tendency to hang with the passage of time .
Same with the horizontal tail that comes in one part , helping to keep it parallel to the ground and strong .
I can't say the same for the engine naceles . Are perfect on the outer surfaces , just like the wing and fuselage but their interior, while being truly impressive full of details, is also full of unexplained scratches - scars .
Something goes wrong here  during casting ? But the engines are  trully amazing ,  consisting of so many and realistic parts including the main engine body cylinders , heads , transmission , ignition magnetos , carburatores , fuel intakes , pushrods & exhausts !
Looking back to the cockpit , we may find everything there : floor , front and back  walls , pilot's seat , consoles , rudder pedals , flight stick , instument panel , levers , switch boxes etc . 
Many parts are comes in photo etched metal , like instument panel and the seat belts are made from fabric .
Under the cockpit is a detailful nose gear well , with all the structure reinforcements , pressurised air and liquid bottles and the gun barrels .
Also , over there is the place of one big and heave lead part that helps the finished model to stand on his three legs , avoiding to be a tail sitter .
Engines naceles , with the exception of the previous described scratches , are also fantastic , with all (I mean ALL) the inner structure details . A full internal sceleton from about 30 parts and some "boxes" is provided here by HPH , and then more 26 form the structure to support each engine and the landing gear .
Some photo etched builds the exhausts spoilers and a big exterior part of the rear engine nacele  . All the ailerons , airbrakes and flaps are separated parts and full positioning . 
Landing gears are reinforced with a metal rod in all of its length and looks (and is) really very strong !
Wheels comes in 10 pieces for the main landing gear and 4 about the nose wheel (for first time if I remember well I saw a tyre in 2 parts) .
A few words for the clear parts : I always admired HPH for its clear parts . Although it is a 100% resin, it manages to have some of the purest transparent parts in the hobby, regardless of material, resin or plastic .
Same here , the canopy and winshield are crystal clear as well as the rest clear parts like navigation lights and the coloured formation lights .
Probably HPH have discovered a good resin manufacturer and uses their product .
(Soon will have a review about this material , stay tuned) .
After all , HPH provides a nice detailed arresting hook , a big (and heavy) fuel tank , a colection of diferent sizes and shapes of antennas , alot of external photo etched panels and 8 fantastic rockets , exclusively from metal, tube, photo etched and  made in lathe ! 
At the end , provides a big decals sheet printed by HGW models , nicelly printed in thin film , well registered and right in colors . Provides all the decorations (stars , numbers , warnings etc) for two overall blue Tigercats , one from '46 based in USA and one based in Korea at '53 .

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F7F-3P U.S.M.C. MAGG-33 Phoang Korea 1953


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F7F-3P VDM-254 Oakland CA 1946


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As usual, this is not an easy model and of course it is not aimed at rookies, nor do it with modellers with little experience. 
It's a multimedia kit that exhausts all the known techniques and in some moments it pushes you to create new .
Its price is similar to the quality and difficulty (315.00€ @ 21 / 04 / 2019). At the other side is a unique , fantastic kit , with a plenty of accessories , great design and engineering (talking about this category of kits) that gives as result a great model in scale of the beautifull Tigercat .
Highlly recommented for the experienced and highly skilled modellers !
Thanks to HPH for the provided sample .


Link for HpH models 1/32 F7F TIGERCAT


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