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Clark Cook
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VF-82 Iron Men F3H Demon

February 20, 2022 · in Aviation · · 22 · 1K

This is the Hobbyboss kit that I started back in 2015 as a model for a YMCA buddy, Ken Sommerfeld, who flew them, and this exact bird. Ken tragically passed away before I finished and I shelved the kit until a couple of months ago. It turned out nice and I am attempting to contact Ken's relatives in order to pass the model along. I found a squadron patch on EBay and a carrier display base as well.

The kit is basically OOB with the exception of an cockpit ZOOM set. Paint is Model Master Gull Gray and Flat White with a Mr. Color semi-gloss clear coat. Decals are Eagle Strike-one of the Deadly Demon prints. Weathering is Weathering Master-various colors.

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22 responses

  1. Beautiful model and tribute Clark.

  2. Very nicely done Clark and what a fine thing to do for the family in memory of Ken. Well done Sir.

  3. That would be a great remembrance for the relatives of Ken, Clark @clarkcook
    A beautiful build.

  4. An excellent build, Clark, a great tribute to Ken!

  5. That model is a real nice tribute to a friend.

    Just a piece of free advice: Might be best to keep it as a memorial to your friend. I've made models for friends who later died. In my experience I've found the family doesn't want the keepsake and I ended up getting it back. I hope that it is different for you.

  6. Beautiful build on the McDonell Demon and love the story and connection 🙂


  7. Beautiful job and tribute, I've always been a fan of the Demon.

    • Hello Robert, and great to hear your comments regarding the Demon. She's a big bird. My buddy Ken often told me about trying to get it off the carrier deck. He shared a photo or two with me and pointed out his squadron mates who didn't live through the cruise.

  8. Nicely finished Demon - well done!

  9. Beautiful work and nice tribute to Ken.

  10. I agree with Bob. ? Beautifully done Clark! ?

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