Hobbycraft+ 1:48 F8F-1 Bearcat
When my friend Jim Sullivan sent me the photo of the NAS Glenview Bearcat, I knew that was the one I wanted to replicate. Fortunately, SuperScale has those markings on their sheet 48-1008.
I possessed both the Hobbycraft and Hobby Boss F8F-1 kits, but decided to go with the former because I didn’t like the look of the latter’s thick wings, rivets and a few other shape issues. I did, however, use a number of the Hobby Boss parts, which were better detailed: gun sight, roll-over frame, and main landing gear struts/doors. I also used a bunch of other aftermarket items: Quickboost engine, Obscureco engine cowling, Barracuda resin wheels, and Eduard PE cockpit set. Paints are Model Master enamels for the Dark Sea Blue and International Orange. Final clear coat is 2-to-1 mix of Tamiya spray gloss and semigloss, decanted and airbrushed. Decals are Hobby Boss for the small stencils and SuperScale for everything else. However, the V’s and 18’s were oversized, so I redid them on the computer and had them ALPS printed by Joseph Osborn of Fireball Modelworks.
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