FJ-3M Fury of VF-124
This is the ESCI 1/48 kit dated 1983, of the FJ-2/3 Fury. Up to the point of the release of the Collect-Aire Models, kit in 1997 this was the only game in town for a Fury in 1/48. Still today I know of no other kit in 1/48 of this airplane and now the Collect Aire kit and this kit are discontinued. I have always wanted to do the FJ-3 but was never enthralled by either kit. I was asked to build this for a gentleman that wants this model and he is aware of the discrepancies of it but he did not care. So I did it out of the box with the exceptions of the Microscale decal sheet 48-116 and the pilot (formally a member of the “lollipop guild”)
The kit really tries, and for all things considered it goes together well and to a point looks like a Fury. I have always liked this airplane and VF-51 (commanded by Alexander Vraciu) was aboard BHR when I was also aboard. I can only wish that some manufacturer will eventually do one in either 1/48 or 1/32. Perhaps Paul Fisher will do one and that would be perfect. I won’t hold my breath for a new kit. I have another ESCI kit and the Collect-Aire kit and may just try to combine them both to get a Fury closer to the truth.
Overall it is not a bad kit and the gentleman was happy with it.
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