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Frank Cronin
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Trumpeter 1/32 F8F-1 Bearcat

May 20, 2013 · in Aviation · · 11 · 2.7K

This is my first submission to I-Modeler. This is an OOB build. This is the Air Group Commander's aircraft of VF-19 during 1947 I enjoyed doing this kit as it is one of my favorite airplanes. Painted it with Model Master enamels thinned with lacquer retardant. Overall it was a well designed kit. I folded the wings as I felt they did not look that great in the extended position due to a sloppy fit. Actually I think it has a bit of class with the folded wings. I felt that overall there was a lot of interior build that was unnecessary and never to be seen again. I look forward to building the 1/48 Hobby Boss bearcat to compare them.

I look forward to being a part of I-Modeler and being allowed to show off some of my stuff. My model room, model cave and some of my collection.


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  1. Welcome onboard, Frank, I hope you enjoyed your first posting experience. And -- that's a terrific-looking Bearcat. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ditto, Frank...welcome and nice build.

  3. Frank... Welcome.. looking forward to seeing your stuff. Very nice Bearcat.

  4. Hi Frank the bearcat looks very well done I too love this plane and have a customer in my auto repair shop that was a test pilot for this beauty welcome and hope to see more posts

  5. Thank you for the very nice compliment. One always appreciates compliments. I also have a very good friend that cut his early teeth on the bearcat. He says it is still one of the best airplanes he ever flew. He retired as a Navy Captain, and during the 70's was the CO of USS Kitty Hawk. He is a member of a little lunch group we call the "Military Mafia". I made an F4 for him as respect for his service.

  6. Welcome to another builder. This is also one of my favorite aircraft & yours definitely does it proud.
    I have the 1/48th kit & keep hoping we'll see some aftermarket air racer resin come along.

  7. Hi Frank, That's a cool looking cat indeed! Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff...Something else from the vault?

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