I had the Tamiya Wildcat sitting partly finished on the shelf for a few years, I picked up the kit for chump change and I was inspired to start on it after reading some stuff on the Guadalcanal campaign and the role the Cactus Air Force played in the Solomons. But then for some reason the prject stalled.
Recently I read another book on Guadalcanal and decides it was time to get the Wildcat ready for the display cabinet, rather than the shelf of shame.
It’s a VMF-223 Wildcat, one of the options in the box itself. Since many of these planed were kept flying with cannibalized parts from other planes, I opted for a dirty, dusty bird with some of the panels in slightly different tones of the base colors.