1/48 Hobbyboss F8F-1 Bearcat
I started this one last year and then it spent a little time on the shelf of doom before I finished it this week. I sanded down the larger rudder trim tab that was for the -2 and filled and sanded the openings on the starboard wing that were not supposed to be there (Hobbyboss made starboard and port mirror images with leading edge landing light, gun camera aperture etc.) Landing light and gun camera glass were made with Micro Kristal Klear. I added a Quickboost landing gear bay set so that I would have a engine crankcase and some additional plumbing showing in the gear bay. I used the Barracuda Studios resin wheel set which were a great improvement over the kit wheels and they also provided the prominent brake disks. Dorsal and tail nav lights were added using resin pieces. Rocket pylons were sourced from a Academy kit as the Hobbyboss ones were all wrong. I fashoned a pitot tube from a Hasegawa F6F kit. Whip antenna was made from Nitonol wire and wire antenna from Uschi. That being said there were other things that I could of corrected but at this point it looked enough like a Bearcat for me. So another one comes off the shelf of doom! The Bearcat has been one of my favorites so it is nice to finally have one on the shelf.
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