Two Old 1/72 Bearcats Model Kits (Frog and Monogram)
Here are two kits that I've been wanting to build together for a long time. Years ago, I build the Monogram Bearcat just a few years after it was released and a few years after Frog released their Bearcat, but this was a hard one to catch since Frog closed their doors in 1976. Move the clock forward some 46 years later, I managed to buy both kits and decided a few weeks ago to just build them before getting involved with some more serious upcoming builds.
Both kits did not fail me on being a quick and easy builds, Monogram was the easiest, but Frog was a little more accurate. Keep in mind these are kits from the 60's and 70's.
My first build was the Frog kit, it is a F8F-1B Naval Fighter, 1/72 kit No. F407, released 1975. This was a quick build, straight out of the box. It's a nice kit, I enjoyed it very much. Happy to see it with my other builds. This is my 9th FROG build in the past 2 years.
I used the markings from GC1/21 'Artois' operated by the French Air Force from Bac-Mai (Hanoi) Vietnam in 1952. Flown by Capitaine Faure.
And the second was the Monogram's 1/72 F8F-1 Bearcat, Kit No: PA144, initial released (1967). A very simple and enjoyable build. My goal was to build this straight out of the box and try to add no extras. I feel that Monogram has done a great job on this kit.
The markings that came with this kit belongs to LCDR D.C. "Whiff" Caldwell, F8F-1 Bearcat. Commander of the VF-20A.
Decals on both builds are the original that came with these kits. The Monogram gave me a fight, but Micro Sol took care of most of its issues.