Trumpeter 1/48 F9F-2 Panther
For my first contribution to iModeller, I attach pictures of my Panther, which was one of the first 1/48 models I built. I found this kit very easy to assemble, with almost no fit issues. What small issues there were, could be easily solved by a small amount of filling and sanding.
The main problem I faced was with the decal for the red lightning on the nose. The instructions would have you trying to fit it after the guns are installed, but this proved difficult. The decals are a bit on the thin side, and broke into pieces while trying to manoeuvre them into place. What you see here is the result of carefully masking and then painting the red and white. If I were to do this again I would paint the nose section separately, place de decal, and then fit the guns through the openings.
The kit could be built with the wings open or folded. I chose not to cement them in place, so the pictures with the wings open may not be perfect.
I found that the Vallejo USN Sea Blue accurately replicated the colour I saw in my visit to the USS Midway museum. A little bit more tricky was to give an impression of the little bits of metallic that show at the junction between panels, and near rivets (see last photo). For this, I used I used Tamiya panel line accent colour light grey, applied after I was happy with the blue, and applied the decals and some Tamiya clear.
The hook-like things at the front of the wingtip tanks broke multiple times during the construction. I later found out that these were attached to the plane only on the ground. So, if you want to represent a plane flying or ready for takeoff, consider not using those parts.
For more photos, and other models, see my web site (https://www.marcellorosa.com/1-48-f9f-2-panther). Feel free to send me an email if you would like to discuss any aspect of this build