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Jolly Rogers F9F-8 Cougar VF-61, 1956. Hasegawa 1/72.

This is Hasegawa’s F9F-8 straight from the box. I used the kit decals of VF-61 Jolly Rogers, which held up pretty well, I think the kit is a 1990’s boxing. I originally intended converting it to a twogar but then Sword came out with their kit of the same. Knowing that there are Jolly rogers fans out there is the reason I chose this scheme. The Jolly Rogers had various squadron designations including VF-17, VF-5A and then VF-61, VF-84, To VF-103 and finally VFA-103 , flying hellcats, Bearcats, Panthers, Cougars, Demons, Phantoms , Tomcats and Hornets. Kind of a quick build, I was missing two of the sidewinders and their pylons and the drop tanks, I used them on other builds. Now I am down to only about ten kits in my meager stash.

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10 responses to Jolly Rogers F9F-8 Cougar VF-61, 1956. Hasegawa 1/72.

  1. Nice, Robert. In 50+ years of modeling, I’ve never seen one of those built up and always wondered what they looked like. Looks pretty good to me for such an old model.

    • So you’ve forgotten this one John !!

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  2. Hey, Robert. That’s a real eye catching paint job and scheme. Very nice.

  3. Great looking Cougar, love the color scheme!

  4. One and two Cougars look good Robert well done.

  5. Great looking nicely built Cougar(s) Robert! I keep on looking at this nose wheel gear, such unusual shape.
    All the best!

  6. This one shines in all the right places. A winner from every angle. Well done!!

  7. Looks great – love these early jets! Well done.

  8. Nice one Rob!! I love these first jets 🙂 I’ve build the F9f-2 early this year. Your color schema is eye catching too.
    Congratulations!

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