Grumman Cat: The 1/48 Trumpeter Grumman F9F-3 Panther
Few weeks ago I watched an old, favorite movie. Bridges of Toko-Ri. Just loved those Navy F9F-3 Panthers. So I had to build one and realized I still had one in my stash. Upon opening the box of my HobbyCraft/Trumpeter kit I also discovered that years ago I purchased an upgraded Pavla Resin cockpit for this exact kit. Love those sort of surprises. This kit really impressed me and IMHO is one of Trumpeters better molds. You really dont even need the resin cockpit b/c base cockpit detail is nice, and appears accurate, but I used the resin anyhow. This kit was well engineered and really fell together with great fits everywhere. The only place I needed a drop of filler is the windscreen to fuselage fit. Very minor gap. The other aspect of kit which could of been better was the flap assembly. You can position the separate flaps down but there is one major issue. The Fuselage split-flap portion is molded shut and would need real major surgery to open up and drop. I do not think you would find a real Panther displayed like my model; wing flaps are down, but fuselage flaps still up. I went with a well weathered look and patchy paint effect using a little artistic license to break-up the mono-chromatic base blue paint job. Also scratch-built a little detail behind the seat and under the canopy. Comments welcomed hope you enjoy the photos.
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