Finished The 48th Scale Kitty Hawk F-94C Starfire at Last.
I really like aircraft from this era. This Kitty Hawk kit was fun to build for the most part. The cockpit comes with some PE parts which dress up the office nicely. I found the fit to be generally good, with the exception of the canopy, which I found to be a bit too wide. This was a problem as I wanted the canopy closed. All went well until it came time to put on the landing gear. The main gear is molded with the oleos collapsed and the gear mounting pin is practically nonexistent. The gear actuator is also very flimsy resulting in a weak platform for this model. The wheels themselves are molded poorly as well, and the tires look too flat. I discovered corrected metal landing gear is available, unfortunately after I finished attaching the kit gear. This kit is built mostly out of the box, with the exception of seat belts and the landing and marking lights. Once again I added some Mike Grant decal rivets to accent the panels. I painted it with various shades of Alclad and ModelMaster enamels, using the kit decals, which fit very well. Though this model would not be very competitive (my fault), still I think it will look good in the showcase.
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