1/72 Hawker Sea Fury FB 11 – Frog F221F
Scalemates shows this F221F bagged kit was released in 1969, with the original Frog mold from 1963 - before I was born - now that's OLD!
I remember reading the the Sea fury was originally ordered as a simplified Hawker Tempest Mk II, they do look a lot alike.
Seeing Gary Sausmikat's recent completion of a RCN Sea Fury made me wanna complete this little guy as a Canadian bird. As the build went on, I figured I'd wait for a better kit for my own RCN Sea Fury so I picked a popular plane to depict, Peter Carmichaels FB 11.
As I searched for photos and information, I found that a bit of discussion exists about the actual credit for the Mig-15 shot down in August 1952. It's all a part of adding a bit of depth to building kits, reading up on the conflict and the pilots and the planes.
The front venting needed a bit more surgery than I was willing to commit to, so I left things 'as is' and added small decals to simulate the inner venting on the leading edges. Other issues exist but considering the mold is older than me, I just decided to enjoy the build.
Biggest issue was the gluing and filling the folding wings, but that turned out okay too.
Painted with Tamiya XF34 for the Grey and XF21 for Sky. Vallejo Premium White Primer and Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black were used for the Identification Striping.
I started to use the decals from my recently purchased Trumpeter 1/72 Sea Fury but soon realized they were not the best decals available being very stiff and slightly out of register, so I ended up using decals from my spare box.
The only original Frog decal used was Carmichaels name below the cockpit. I gave up trying to find decals for the props.
Looking through my kit list, I have the Trumpeter FB11 (correct rads) and a couple of Pioneer T20 & T61 trainers (incorrect rad).
All in all, the Sea Fury is a beauty plane.
Thanks for viewing.
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