1/48th Monogram F9F-5 Panther
Here's my first offering for the Korean War group build. It's the good ole Monogram 1/48th F9F-5 Panther done in the markings of VF-51 which flew off the USS Valley Forge off Korea in 1953. The build was smooth with the exception of problems with the wing/fuselage fit. Likely self induced but required some trim work to get a proper fit. It's an OOB build with the exception of the Eduard seat belts. I don't know of any after market parts for that kit so I really didn't have a choice. The Panther is finished with MM enamel dark sea blue and topped off with Testors clear gloss. The decals came from Print Scale (#48-160). The final photo shows the picture that I used as the basis of the build. Next up on my build list is a 1/48th Hasegawa F4U-5N likely to be finished in the markings of VMF(N)-513. I'm really enjoying this Korean War group build...thanks to Louis for initiating it.
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