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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