Grumman F9F-3 Panther with Emerson turret BuNo.122562 Patuxent River 1953 1:72
well my job is keeping me busy and due to this I cannot spend that much time with other work, so I hope you’ll understand that I reserve my precious free time for building models. Fortunately I still have some couple of finished articles in my files and if time allows I will post some of them here from time to time.
I first saw a photo of this one of a kind aircraft a couple of years ago and as you can imagine, I was really interested in this strange and exotic machine. Short time later someone posted a photo of this one again and as a result I immediately ordered the Sharkit to recreate this aircraft.
I received the conversion kit within a few days and it looked quite good to me. The kit consists of 3 resin parts, the nose cone and a little plug which goes inside the nose and the gunsight for the cockpit. Additional 4 brass barrels for the machine gun are provided. To whole affair looks be fairly easy to build and shouldn’t take much time. They recommend the Hobby Boss Panther kit in 1:72 for starters.
So far so good but as soon as I got the kit unpacked I decided to convert the conversion to be fully workable. Actually this was easy done. I drilled a large whole inside the plug-part and inserted a small piece of cylindrical hard wood. In this I drilled 4 tiny holes, perhaps the hardest part was to make sure all those holes were perfectly aligned. The nose cone received another axle and a washer plate at the end, Finally all I had to do was to put the whole thing together and attach it to the nose of my meanwhile finished HB Panther which went together beautiful and without a hitch.
Some color, some decals and here it is, a fine model of the one and only Grumman Panther with a fully operational (well at least its rotating and traversing) Emerson turret.
I can only recommend both, the HB Panther as well as the Sharkit conversion for this unusual aircraft.
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