Year of the Cat Group Build. Monogram 1/48 F9F Panther from The Bridges at Toko-Ri
I've been wanting to do a Panther for a while. I had a stillborn attempt back when I was in high school when the kit first came out. I was impressed at how well it went together and have always wanted to try again. I had a few troubles with this one. From lint in the paint (I really need a dedicated spray booth separate from the rest of the dusty basement.) to placing some decals in the wrong location and not catching it until they had set. The 209 that was supposed to go on the nose I had placed under the flap so the ones I had left (the one that was supposed to go under the wing) was too large to fit on the nose. I did find some F9F-8 Cougar decals from Furball and was able to work together some numbers of the correct size. I didn't notice until this afternoon that I had painted the air brakes for the wrong side as the white should go down the middle and along the bottom. (As of right now the actuators are also MIA. At the repair shop getting rebuilt for the first flight!) I'll fix it later along with a few decals that I have neglected yet. Just wanted to get at least two of my planned four in before the deadline! I have a Cougar and Hobby Boss F8F-1 that I'm going to use my Testors Al Williams Gulfhawk decals that I had saved from my earlier Bearcat build going yet. I had thought about bringing back my F7F-3N and F8F but really didn't want to re-post!
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