Monogram 1/48th Grumman F9F-5 Panther USN,Korean War
Staying in the Korean War theme, this is Monograms kit in 48th scale. A nice build, even with the raised panel lines, it is a fun kit to build. A straight forward build only aftermarket used were Super Scale decals for VF-123, Blue Racers, USN Korean War, off the USS Essex CVA-9, though the decals are for a -2 Panther, When I built this the Hobbycraft/Trumpeter Panther was not out yet. And then it turns out the Hobbycraft Panther though with the correct -2 details is still incorrect in length, it should be shorter than the -5. The Monogram kit has the wing fences which was an improvement that some of the -2’s didn’t have. VF-123 at the timeframe I am representing would’ve had the wing fences. Something that would have had to be added if I did the Hobbycraft, which by the way is pretty good despite being too long. And the intakes are off in shape, but easy to fix. Aeromaster Glossy Sea Blue, with Interior green cockpit and wheel wells, gear is dark blue, dive brake wells are in Insignia Red, Alclad Aluminum for the leading edges, intake and wing tank tips. The side number 307, is correct in size, but each digit should be thicker in width. The kit supplied “306” would’ve been more appropriate. Now a Cougar, and Banshee to park next to the Panther. Thanks for viewing.
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