Grumman F8F-1B Bearcat
This is one of the Trumpeter series of 1/32 Bearcats.
The build is OOB with the following exceptions: Radu Brinzan seatbelts, (part) replacement of kit decals with a set from Berna, and miscellaneous additional wiring and plumbing to the engine area and wingfolds.
The kit decals are for machines of the French/Royal Thai Airforces in the early 1950s. The Berna set is focused on French Indochina machines in the same period.
The machine modelled here is GC I/9 “Limousin”, Cdt. 2ème Escadrille, French Indochina 1951-1952. As a commander’s personal aircraft I’ve given the Bearcat an immaculately maintained finish.
The kit’s cowling is a clear, one-piece section, meant either to be installed painted, or left clear to show engine detail. I opted to separate the cowling into individual sections, and leave the engine completely exposed.
For Glossy Sea Blue, I used Humbrol 15 (Midnight Blue). I think Xtra produce an actual GSB, but I prefer to work with enamels.
Included in the photo sequence is a F8F-1B under maintenance at RAF Duxford in 2011.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.