Testors (Hawk) F8F-2 Bearcat
Here's a companion to my F7F-3N I did a while back. I had the kit sitting on my shelf for half of forever and decided just to build it straight OOB just for a little painting practice. I've read about the numerous inaccuracies in this kit, but it looks like a Bearcat to me, so good enough. The fit of the kit is quite good with no horrible seams to deal with and can be ready for exterior paint in a weekend. Not much of a cockpit though. A seat and a decal for the instrument panel, hence the closed canopy! This kit is a perfect candidate for a make 'n take for anyone doing a modeling program with children. They can get bored being at a contest all day, so it keeps them occupied and there's no end of knowledgeable people around to help. Al Jones, a regular contributor for FSM lives in Milwaukee and he frequents our HobbyTown show at Oshkosh and is very helpful to children or those new to the hobby. Equally doling out praise when worthy and giving out constructive critisism. Usually by asking "What do you think you could have done better?" or "What don't you like about the finished model?" then tactfully giving several options. (The last part, demeanor, is what can make or break a mentor or teacher.) He's where I learned my "Don't be afraid to try anything." from. Anyway, I got sidetracked there!
The decals in the kit are pretty nice and I've saved the Gulfhawk livery to put on Hobby Boss's -1 which is what the G-58A was.
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