F9F-5 Panther VF-781,# 106 , Year of the Cat, 1/72 Matchbox
I had built this kit a few years ago but had never put squadron markings on, I wanted to do the plane from The Bridges at Toko-Ri movie, but never found the decals. Having heard about Lt. Royce Williams encounter with Soviet Migs during the Korean war and seen Tom Cleavers excellent 1/48th version on this site, I finally got my butt in gear after reading the book ‘Such Men as These’ by David Sears, it’s about Navy air ops during the Korean War. I was surprised at the amount of Reservists that participated there.
Lt. Williams’ is covered in this book ,albeit abbreviated.[ check Tom Cleavers submission on this site he covers it better than I can] The long and the short of it he uncounted up to seven Mig 15s ultimately downing four of them. This is the old matchbox issue, the decals are a mix of Hasegawa F9F-2 decals that has the correct squadron, for the side number I used Techmod US numbers decal sheet. I bought Hasa. kit for the decals, now I have a candidate another VF-31 subject.
7 additional images. Click to enlarge.