New Tamiya FM-1 in 1/48

Check out this review on Tamiya’s new Grumman FM-1 Wildcat Martlet Mk.V in 1/48 scale as posted on

Advantages: Good level of detail; excellent surface textures including crisply recessed panel lines, raised and recessed rivets and fabric texture; now includes new seated pilot figure and self-adhesive canopy masks.

Disadvantages: No open cowl flap option; fixed control surfaces, some simplification.

Conclusion: It is remarkable to consider that Tamiya’s original F4F-4 Wildcat was released almost 30 years ago, yet with its world-class surface textures, simple assembly and perfect fit it still stands proudly today as a worthwhile addition to any modeler’s collection.