Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat in 1/48.
Long a favourite of mine, I waited for a better kit than the Academy offering but have not found one. Unfortunately the HB kit seems to suffer from a number of issues which made me stick to what I had in the stash. This one has a resin cowling of the correct shape & the forward fuselage has been modified somewhat as well. I drew heavily on the articles in ‘Tailhook Topics’ for details which proved invaluable. Decals were from the Italieri kit as the Academy set broke up when applied. Paint is Model Master Dark Sea Blue which sprays beautifully but makes photography very difficult because it is so dark & hides the detail (probably for the best!). Anyway, hope you like it.
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