Boeing F4B-1 Conversion in 1/72 Scale

This is a conversion of the Monogram F4B-4 kit which back-dates it to the earlier F4B-1 using the RareBits vacuform fuselage and a Radial Engines & Wheels resin Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp radial engine.  Not overly difficult and the result is version which you don’t see much at the model shows.  I scratchbuilt a cockpit and added lots of plumbing to the engine.  The aircraft is marked as the Squadron Commander’s aircraft from VF-5 “Red Rippers” assigned to the USS Lexington (CV-2) in 1932.  The decals were sourced from several Starfighter Decals sheets.

















4 thoughts on “Boeing F4B-1 Conversion in 1/72 Scale

  1. What a great little aircraft. I so wish the powers that be would spend a little time creating 1/48th scale versions of these aircraft from the late 20’s and 30’s. Some say gaudy, I prefer beautiful. I would especially like to see the F4B-2 in 1/48th. My great uncle had to bail out of two them while testing for the Navy.

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