The build is pretty cheesy ass simple with no roadblocks, quirks or gripes. Hey...it's 72nd scale. Not much you can screw up. Less than 20 parts total. Hardest part is the tiny pre-war decals. Nevertheless an elusive sheet showed up with everything I needed.
Rigging is pretty simple and former guitar strings provide the neccessary gear and tackle. The F4-B was the first plane to carry squadron markings for the Red Rippers. She carries the blue markings for USS Langley.
The display backdrop is one of those Squadron faux carrier deck sheets. 48th scale, but it doesn't look bad as the F4-B was a tiny bird. Colors are all Polyscale brush painted.
No cockpit or canopy glass. I think the real thing had a tiny windshield but I can't find a definitive photo or drawing. There is a Hasegawa kit in 48th scale but that is the Army version. Not sure if the Navy carried the same gear.
The next bird used by the squadron would be the Grumman F3F "Fifi." I have that one built, just need to do the Navy blue stripes on top of the wings. In total, my project will contain 11 birds: F3-B, F4-B, F3-F, Wildcat, Hellcat, Bearcat, Panther, Crusader, Phantom, Tomcat and Super Hornet.