Hobbyboss 1/48 F8F-1 Bearcat
Hello: I just finished up the Bearcat this morning. It was another one of those challenging builds that we all tackle every now and then. I installed Aires resin bays in both the wings and area behind the engine. I used a Quickboost engine and wired it. The cockpit is Eduard Color Etch. I had to polish out the main canopy seam and then used Future on the clear parts. Paint is Model Master Gloss Sea Blue with Polly Scale semi-gloss as topcoat. I had True Details resin wheels on hand but they would not fit so I used the kit parts with a bit of flat sanding on the bottom of each for effect.
The lower wing to fuselage fit was really bad, probably enhanced by use of the Aires bays but in the end some fill work with Tamiya grey and some thick super glue cured the problems.
This one really turned out nice. Yes, there are some accuracy issues with the kit and perhaps the Hobbycraft version with some upgrades is a better representation of the real aircraft, but I like what I have here.
Decals from the box-very nice.
Hope you like and thanks again to Jim Sullivan for enhancing the photos here.
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