1/32 Fisher F9F-2, F9F-5 Panthers
April 4, 2013 in Aviation
As anyone who has seen any of Paul Fisher’s kits knows, they are among the best resin kits made, worth every penny they cost. They are so well-designed that any modeler with any level of experience who takes their time, is virtually guaranteed of a wonderful model in the end. The Panthers, along with the Sea Fury, have been best-sellers since first released (the F9F-5 in 2004, the F9F-2 in 2007).
The F9F-2 here is from VF-112, flown by LCDR William Amen, the first Navy pilot to shoot down a MiG-15 on November 18, 1950. The F9F-5 is from VF-192 “Golden Dragons” aboard the Oriskany in 1954, when it was used as the airplane flown by “Lt. Brubaker” in the movie “The Bridges at Toko-Ri.”
The models were given a primer coat of Tamiya rattle-can grey primer, then the aluminum areas were painted with Talon Acrylic Aluminum, the white areas with Xtracrylix White, and then masked for a final paint application of Xtracrylix Glossy Sea Blue. The excellent kit decals were used in each case.
I’ve liked the Panther since I first saw a photo of one as a kid – aesthetically it’s just a very interesting-looking airplane. I was fortunate to see the Blue Angels perform in F9F-5s the last year they flew that airplane, 1955.
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