Grumman Tigercat F7F-2D (1/48 AMT Ertl F7 2N – conversion)
Drone control Tigercats served the fleet along and well, their excellent performance continuing to give them capability to work with with newer hight-performance target drones as they entered service in early 1950s. on December 1956, the Chief Officer Of Naval Operation authorized retirement of all F7F-2Ds, but directed that support for those still in service could be continued until September 1957 (squadron signal publication - F7F Tigercat).
When I read the story of Tigercat on Squadron Signal book I was fascinated by by the silouette of the F7F-2D and i dreamed to build one. No aftermarket was available but Falcon gives an excellent F8fF Bearcat canopy and that's all you need to modify a F7F - 2N (if you have one) . So my dear friend Luca Monaci gave me one that was in his stash at the end of 2017 and the project started at the beginning of 2018.
During the modification of fuselage the canopy seemed to be too long looking at the pictures and I wasn't able to find technical draws or explanations to solve the problem.
Once more squadron signal has the solution but I had to read it over and over until I found these few words in the caption of the photo of the plane that wanted to reproduce :"... In this view the details of the modified F8F canopy ..." So the canopy too was modified.
And so i did this way...
I think that it is very amusing to build a very good model Out of the box, but I have a lot of fun when I can realize something that still not exist or at least not completely. I want to thank Luca for his continuous encouragement and appreciation.
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