Trumpeter 1/48 F9F-2
I had all kinds of trouble with the fit of this kit…probably self-inflicted. This is not my best build. There are all kinds of mistakes on it. I used the Pavla cockpit and nose gear well. The cockpit opening is too small and that puts the seat too far forward. Of course I didn’t figure this out until it was too late to do anything about it. I had to use the kit seat as the Pavla one had the pilot’s head all the way under the windshield. The pilot is from PJ Productions with a good Navy H-2/H-3 helmet with the external ribs.
The wing tanks are too small and I was going to live with it but I knocked the whole plane off my and destroyed one of the wing tanks. I ordered a replacement from Shapeways that was 3D printed. The stock used did not hold paint well and it pulled off with masking tape when I tried to mask the silver nose on the tank. This stock also was very rubbery and sanded poorly. I ended up masking the nose with a rubber O ring and wet paper. Don’t look too close.
The rest of the plane is kit stock. The carrier deck is individual wood planks with photo-etched tie-down strips from Tom’s Model Works.
The markings for Neil Armstrong’s plane was pieced together from the Victory Models sheet. The stencils came from a Yellowhammer sheet.
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