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Hobby Boss 48th FJ-4 Fury

August 24, 2015 in Aviation

The kit went together fairly well, albeit my inept modeling skills tried to make it more difficult than it should’ve been.
And wouldn’t ya know, AFTER (of course) I posted the pics, I see the pitot tube has disappeared. Plus…..I thought it odd that the refueling probe was on the port side. I’ve always seen ’em on the right wing. AND it would seem I need either more light at the bench or go take the pics outdoors…..but it’s gawd awful hot out there. 🙁
The paint/decal instructions called for a gray/white paint scheme, but… true to form… I choose a different motif – something I thought looked “better”, even though I suppose it would have to be classified as a ‘what-if” now (but I don’t care). I also opted to NOT attach anything to the under-wing pylons. Again…I thought it looked better without ’em.
Nose weight was achieved by using #8 bird-shot poured down existing area(s) and held in place with modeling clay.
Finally, I wanna thank Frank Cronin for this kit (and others)…..the check’s in the mail, Frank. 🙂

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44 responses to Hobby Boss 48th FJ-4 Fury

  1. As a ‘what-if’ scheme it’s certainly striking.

  2. Looks great in that scheme. Nice paint job, and well done with the conour hugging decals.

    • Thanks….those fuselage decals weren’t all that bad after all. It was the nose triangles that didn’t quite fit well – perhaps because they weren’t designed for that model. DOH!

  3. Looks nowt wrong there Craig.
    The camera can be a great tool for spotting errors, cos they seem to appear when we finish kits.LOL.
    Nice work with the rattle cans ?

  4. Looks mighty fine Craig……too bad the Navy didn’t do that because it sure is a beauty.

  5. Very nice Craig. I like this version of the Fury. It’s a Sabre on steroids. 🙂 I have this one in the stash. Think you inspired me to start a long term project to build all the US Navy jets from the 50’s to 90’s.Well done my friend!!!

  6. It’s a great looking model, Craig, “what if” or not, and your photographs are fine, although I agree that outdoor pictures usually look better, try early morning when the sun light is not so strong, and the temperature is not so high. I think “Oh, pitot tubes” would make a pretty cool expletive…….

    • Thanks, George…..for one thing, I don’t do “early” – well, unless you count when I usually go to bed (around THAT’S early). And I found the pitot tube. I’ll put in a work order later. 🙂

  7. Hello Craig…Your FJ-4 Fury certainly looks good in the GSB paint. In a response above you mentioned having fun at the bench and it occurs to me that is what modeling is all about. Thanks for sharing your Fury build.

  8. Craig, it looks pretty good from here.
    Yes, a little more light would enhance your pictures. I usually load your photos to a file, run them through “auto enhance” which lightens the photos, thereby displaying more detail and makes the model “pop”. I have the same problem with my pics but before I send them on their way to this site I run them through the process I mentioned, it helps a lot. Cheers!

    • Is that a downloadable [read: free] file or is it something you have to purchase and install on a disc…? “Auto Enhance” sounds like a term I can deal with.

      • Craig, the program is called “Photo Shop” and I’m so computer challenged I don’t know if it’s part of my Windows system or something that was downloaded off the net. I’ll have to check around to find out where it came from. I’m an analog man living in a digital world…

  9. Craig, it looks prettier in GSB, good call!

  10. Nice Fury! And I too appreciate the paint scheme choice – something unusual for this subject at least. I built the Emhar 1/72 Fury (man, what a dog of a kit), and wish I’d thought of using this alternative scheme to liven up that critter!

  11. Hello Craig
    Very nice building for a very sexy Model. I love the finish and this little Devil. I made the Crusader and the Phantom from this VMF and I find your model very inspiring.
    Good show

  12. I really like it Craig. Really looks the part. I was thinking about doing a 1/32 scale in the NAVY blue.
    Looks great.
    California Steve

  13. Craig, sorry I’m a little late to the party here. Hey, this looks great, You don’t see too many Fury’s in all blue. Nice touch. I’ve always had my eye on this kit, may have to give it a try.

    • Thanks for the reply, Terry….not a bad kit really. There WERE some versions of the Fury in this livery, just not the one in this kit. I just thought the subtle differences in the early versions aren’t that noticeable to the casual viewer….including me. I liked the blue.

  14. Craig,
    I add my compliments to this model. I also really like it in the dark blue scheme. It just seems to fit this airplane more and looks a lot better than the grey/white. Great job.

  15. Very nice build, Craig and a cool camo scheme 🙂

  16. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    This one slipped away from me. I must say that is one very eye catching livery Craig, I can’t understand how this one passed me by, I was probably performing another task, but boy is she a stunner. Nice work on that ” WHAT IF “.

  17. Great looking bird Craig! I like the color scheme. As for that pitot, perhaps Pvt. Dam Dhum Phuc was in the vicinity? 🙂

  18. Great-looking Fury, Craig!

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