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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

F9-F2P "panther" Trumpeter 1/48

Hello everybody.

This is my last finished model, F9-F2P "panther" in 1/48 scale using Trumpeter’s kit No 02833.

Few information about the airpaline from wikipedia:
The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and one of the U.S. Navy's first successful carrier-based jet fighters. The Panther was the most widely used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War, flying 78,000 sorties and scoring the first air-to-air kill by the US Navy in the war, the downing of a North Korean Yakovlev Yak-9 fighter. Total F9F production was 1,382, with several variants being exported to Argentina. The Panther was the first jet aircraft used by theBlue Angels flight team, being used by them from 1949 through to late 1954. read more

The kit consists of 124 parts, from which 6 are clear and 1 photo etched. Starting from the cockpit, the level of detail is quite accurate and rich. The instrument panel stands out, as it is offered in P/E.   The seat is quite good, only seatbelts need to be added. In this case, seatbelts were made from epoxy putty, following instructions from here and this was the only significant addition made in the whole project.

The level of detail in the wheel wells is quite good and more than acceptable. The trick is in the front wheel well, which has to be painted and weathered before glued to the fuselage, because after closing the well between the fuselage halves, it is not accessible for total painting and weathering.

Only basic detail is offered for the business end of this bird (just the exhaust tube and a molded representation of the flame holder at the back of the tube), so detail lovers should look for aftermarket products or try to scratch build engine details.

The detail offered (engraved panel lines, rivets etc) on exterior parts is top notch and surely helps the most for the final appearance of the model.

General fit of the parts is quite good. The only problem I had in the specific model, was the fit of the windshield, as it appeared to be narrower from the fuselage socket in this point, so I had to sand the fuselage on both sides in order to eliminate the step formed there. In addition, some minor sanding was necessary on the right side after gluing the nose to the fuselage, folloed by rescribing and riveting the detail lost.

Painting was done using Mr.color Νο 14 Navy Blue, followed by highlights and shadows of the basic colour inside the panels and on the panel lines.

The decals, although on the hard side, were on register and set very well on the surfaces with generous amounts of decal solution.

This was a pleasant build in general terms. Trumpeter offers a very good kit in a fair price and I would happily suggest it to anyone wanting to build this beautiful early jet.


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