So, back this past summer I found this kit at the LHS estate sale. Opened it and discovered a Quickboost resin F4U-4 cockpit inside, which “sealed the deal” since the F2G cockpit was essentially the F4U-4 cockpit. Got home and discovered that both the vacuform canopies had been damaged. So I contacted Special Hobby and even though it was “officially” no longer their kit, they kindly replaced the canopy. In fact, they sent six on a sheet, of which it turns out I have needed to get to #4 to finally get it right.
While waiting for the US Mail “service” to deliver the canopies, I proceeded with the model. I decided to get the Obscureco resin cowling and air intake – far better than the kit – and their resin prop, also superior.
This is a *serious* limited-run kit. Lots of flash, lots of fit/modify/fit again/modify again to get the thing assembled. Fortunately this wasn’t my first rodeo with the F2G, having done the Special Hobby “Sohio 57” release 6-7 years ago. There’s nothing anyone who’s done a limited run kit would find out of the ordinary, and the good news is the corncob radial R-4360 fits inside the cowling (which doesn’t always happen with SH kits).
The Accurate Miniatures decals are very nice, so doing Ron Puckett’s 1949 second-place winner in the Thompson Trophy, “Miss Port Columbus” will be (mostly) pretty easy. Having to cut off the vertical fin and cut away the secondary rudder, then get things to fit again, was the one serious problem. I took the opportunity to offset the fin to the left as it should be.
Once the canopy dries from its dip in Future and is attached, it will be time to head to the paint shop.
If you want an F2G, the Special Hobby kit is what you get. It’s not horrible, it does fit, it takes a little extra effort.
6 attached images. Click to enlarge.