I recently picked up the Special Hobby kit and I'm a little confused by what's in the box. It looks to me like the cockpit depicts an FF-2 because of the dual controls so I plan to leave out the stick, rudder pedals and instrument panel from the rear cockpit. What I can't tell from my limited resources is whether or not the .30 cal. should be mounted in the rear cockpit on the FF-1 fighter version. Does anyone know for sure? I'm guessing yes, otherwise why was the rear seater even there? Some references list the armament as 2 .30 cals. though, and that would account for the two forward-facing guns only, unless they're mistakenly referring to the FF-2 which had one forward-firing gun removed to make room for more fuel. Confused? Join the club!
1 .50 on the right side plus another .30 for the back seater.
I can't find anything regarding back seat controls, but the GIB could face front too, so I guess dual controls are possible.
Other Grummans of the day had them.
(If in doubt, leave them out, the stick was removable anyway)
DO NOT confuse the two !