The Bridges of Toko-Ri, Lieutenant Brubaker’s Panther jet, Revell F9F

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  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Thanks Jaime !!!
    I appreciate this information, and I learned something here. (Didn’t know about the history of the Golden Dragons and how they flew Corsairs or that they flew Banshees in the book. It’s very cool that they are still around in service.

    I have not forgot about the other builds in the Nose Art section, and do plan on getting some work done on them. Thanks for sharing this amazing photo.

  • Michael Paquette said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    One of my favorite war films because of its more realistic depiction of how War affects the combatants and not having a typical Hollywood ending of the time.

    I love the first Jet Cat Grumman, too.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Thanks fellows for the kind words……………. 🙂

    This early Grumman Panther jet is my favorite too from the Korean War era. I’ve been wanting to build it for a while now. I didn’t get around to do this one during the recent “Year of the Cat” GB, so I’ll do my best this time.

    Starting out (as I would normally like to try, but I’m not always this lucky), I found some great pictures online of the actual plane that Brubaker “flew” in the movie. Notice how this plane has a finish that looks more “flat” than “glossy” Sea Blue.

    I’m certain that the shine depended on the age of the paint. The gloss finish probably degraded with more time in service.

    I noticed the ends of the stabilizers and the rudder both have been painted with white tips. They are very visible in this pre launch photo. I’m pretty sure the plane in this picture is #207.

    The white tips are visible in this deck taxi picture of #209. There are no white triangles present on the actual plane, but the kit offers a set on the decal sheet. Lt. Brubaker’s name is present on both sides of the cockpit and his name is in yellow.

    From what I have been reading, there were several different planes used during the filming process. Some even say that an early Dash 2 version was used for some scenes, while the later dash 5 was used for others.

    I’m not a Panther jet expert by any means, and I want this to be a fun build, not overly complicated by inaccuracies. So this is how I’m building it. You can see some of “209” in the photo below. It’s in the extreme left of this deck scene launch picture.

    I’ll be using the Monogram kit as originally planned………….and building the Dash 5 version.

    Various on line sites also stated that there was an error in the “crash” scene. It can be seen in the photo below.

    The “crash” plane was numbered 04, while the regular plane was numbered 09. You can clearly see the number “04” on the fin in the crash photo.

    I’m going with number 09………… and that is where we stand as of now for progress.

    There are also several fellow Imodeler members who have built this exact plane, and did a great job at it. I’ll be referring to their builds as well.

    Maybe later tonight I can start gluing some cockpit parts.

    As always,
    Comments are encouraged……………

    Thanks for looking.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    OK, let’s get this party started……………..

    by gluing together the two parts of the exhaust. It’s a very simple setup…………..

    I removed the instrument panel from the plastic tree. It’s ready for paint and some detail work.

    The cockpit tub consists of three parts………………. not counting the ejection seat or the instrument panel. I’m going to wait to install the IP until I’m joining the fuselage halves together.

    I have read where these cockpits were painted in all black, or a combination of interior green and black side consoles / IP. I have found a virtual cockpit of a restored F9F-6 at the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, and it’s mostly black. However it’s also a swept wing Cougar.

    The jury is still out on the decision……….

    The nose well / front strut assembly was built. It also consisted of three parts. Here again there is a little controversy on colors used. Interior green well, with Sea Blue strut (or aluminum strut), -or- Overall Sea Blue everything, including the wheel.

    More research will be done before I start painting………. The square open area just behind the gear well is where the dive brakes would retract into. I’m leaving the dive brake doors closed, as the doors are not normally seen in the open position when the plane is parked on the ground.

    The ejection seat was built. It consists of four parts………… More color controversy here.

    Overall Black or Interior Green.

    The arrestor hook was prepped for painting.

    and the fuselage halves were also prepped for further assembly work.

    Here I test fit the cockpit tub and the nose well in position to see how they fit, and to get an idea as to how much room was available for adding nose weight. It looks like there will be a lot of space for weight.

    The box is already starting to look a little empty. There’s not a lot of parts to this one.

    I hope it goes together smoothly.

    Possibly tomorrow I will get some more color research done, and spray some paint.

    As usual,
    Comments are encouraged.

  • James B Robinson said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Louis, @lgardner I’m pretty sure there is still some gloss on the paint. You can see it in the wide shots of the plane on the deck, the reflections. In the close-up, the gloss is probably degraded due to the technique they would have used to shoot the movie. The lights would have been behind a diffuser to avoid hot spots. Just my two cents.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Thanks James @jamesb for your input. This is something that I never even thought about was the lighting for filming. It does make perfect sense.

    Your excellent back ground in photography has it’s dividends………. 🙂

    Thanks again buddy. I sincerely appreciate this.

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    The Monogram/Revell kit is one of the best kits that Monogram produced, It goes together very well. Despite the raised panel it is still the most accurate Panther out there. It is an actual -5. You will enjoy the build. Your off to a good start.

  • Rick Wilkes said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Louis, looks like you are well underway. I’ve about finished my research and collecting “stuff”, and plan to get underway tomorrow.
    In regards to your questions about the cockpit and seat colors, here’s a couple of pictures from 1953/4 of a VF-192 F9F I pulled from “MoTFL”.

    You can make out that the seat is interior green with black pads, also notice NO black & yellow stripes on the ejection handles on the headrest. Looks like unpainted cable to me.

    This view of the interior “appears” to confirm that below the consoles is interior green, the consoles and above flat black. I think the black area on the side below the console is part of a black “control panel” etc.
    Anyway hope these help

  • Josh Patterson said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    The decals in my copy worked fine. Just be careful you don’t take the “209” that is supposed to go on the nose and put it on the flap. I did and didn’t catch it until the decaling session for the fuselage a week later. Fortunately a set for the Cougar from Furball allowed me to make new ones!

  • david leigh-smith said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    What a thread. What a man. Only a couple of days into this group build and you have some amazing photos, great writing, a classic kit, and started building. Really, Louis, you are a man of quality and your support in this endeavour is invaluable. Thank you.

  • Jeff Bailey said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Craig, I was embarassed to admit not having seen it, but it’s true.
    That will change in about a day & a half!

  • Jeff Bailey said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Louis, I’m reall psyched about seeing the movie. I love great flying scenes – as I’m sure most or ALL of us here do!

    You mentioned “The Great Waldo Pepper.” It is one of my very favorite movies and IMHO (In My Humble Opinion – for our non USA readers/posters – if you’re not used to our English/American acronyms) is one fine and very underrated movie. Of course, not everyone is so Ga-Ga as I am about military and/or flying films. It has some EXCELLENT pre-WWII flying scenes! I think I’ll get out my dvd copy of it and watch it after I finish this post!!!

  • david leigh-smith said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    …and is that Forney’s Sikorsky I spy on pic 5?

  • Peter Hausamann said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Starting off awfully fast, Louis. I bet you started walking like me. I never crawled. I got up on all fours and ran like a dog until I headbutted the wall. That’s when and how I lost my marbles. My next effort was straight up on two legs, ran straight into the wall again. What can I saw. – 🙂 –

    Good to know that you are getting the plane out of the way so you can spend more time on the rest of the movie scene (I am just assuming). Anyway, I’ll be watching with great interest.

  • David Mills said 1 year, 9 months ago:

    Agree with that Jeff@mikegolf ! The flying scenes are superb!

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