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.
Another build of Monogram’s venerable F4B-4 kit. This is one of the easiest biplane kits to build, the landing gear legs and fuselage struts are molded as part of the fuselage which results in a strong assembly and proper alignment. If you struggle with biplane kits you will be pleased with this one, it is a joy to build. The markings here came from Yellow Wings sheet 72-011 and represent an aircraft operated by VB-5 from the USS Ranger (CV-4).
This is the Monogram F4B-4 kit first released in 1968. This is a classic kit which still holds up well by today’s standards. I scratchbuilt a cockpit and added rigging from 0.004” Nitenol wire. There are several ejector pin marks which will require filling, but the kit goes together well and still is regularly seen at model shows. The markings for this one came from Yellow Wings sheet 72-011 and represent an aircraft operated by VF-6 from the USS Saratoga (CV-3).
This is the Monogram kit from 1968. Even though it is over fifty years old the kit still compares well to recent releases, featuring some very nice surface detail and clever engineering which ensures correct alignment and easy construction. I dressed this one up with a resin cockpit from Starfighter Decals, and also used their sheet 72-107 for the markings. The aircraft is BuNo 9363 assigned to VF-1B “Tophatters” aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3) in 1933.
This is the venerable but still quite buildable Monogram P-6E Hawk. The old Monogram kits are well detailed and feature several innovations which make them easy builds for biplanes. Starfighter Decals offer several resin bits and marking options which really give these kits a new lease on life. This one represents a Curtiss P-6E of the 94th Pursuit Squadron in 1934.