Kitty Hawk 1/48 XF5U-1 “Flying Flapjack”
I really like modeling propeller driven X-planes. When Kitty Hawk came out with this 48th scale XF5U-1 “Flying Flapjack” in early 2016, I jumped on it.
I built this straight out of the box as it has everything you need including PE seat harnesses. However the wheels are incorrect based on archival photos of the one and only prototype built, so I replaced them with two pair of UltraCast Corsair/Hellcat wheels. I also attached a pair of antenna towers to the belly and connected them with EZ Line. I did not use the black walkway decals. The only thing that’s missing is a pair of tail serial numbers, which these photos reminded me.
A very enjoyable build it turned out to be, not to mention it’s another chance to model “wood” propellers. Kitty Hawk did a decent job on the XF5U-1 “Flying Flapjack”. Too bad the real plane never got a taste of the sky as the project was cancelled before it flew. This model looks terrific on the shelf parked next to Sword’s yellow “Flying Pancake” V-173.
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