Kitty Hawk’s Grumman F9F-8T Cougar in 1/48
As soon as I saw the advance notice I put in my order for this magnificent & much neglected model. It seems that most kit manufactures have forgotten about the 1950’s & ’60’s so a Cougar was great news!
It arrived (of course) just after I started to hear comments about ‘buildability’. Nevertheless, since I had already built two Hawk Banshees & survived, I made a start. It is somewhat over-engineered to say the least, but the main problem was the type of plastic used – it just didn’t like polyurethane glues & a letter to Kitty Hawk received a reply confirming that whilst they had had no trouble building their test shots, they had apparently changed the type of plastic in their production run. My understanding is that they will rectify this for future models; I certainly hope so! Anyway, runny CA solved the problem although not all was plain sailing & using CA for an entire model was a new adventure for me.
Since this is not a kit review, I won’t go into all the stops & starts involved in completing my Cougar, but I will say that I will most certainly build the single seater (& their pair of Banshees too), when they hit the market! This build took me three months, which is slow for me, but I am happy with the result. To me it looks every inch a Cougar & that’s what matters! I know the next one will be easier. I hope you like it.
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