1/32 Fisher F9F-2, F9F-5 Panthers
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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