Trumpeter 1/48 F9F-2 Panther

KIT #: 2832
PRICE: $75.00
DECALS: Two options
REVIEWER: Francisco Santoro
NOTES: Aerocals 48005 decals

HISTORY

From Wikipedia: The Grumman F9F Panther is one of the United States Navy's first successful carrier-based jet fighters, as well as Grummanís first jet fighter. A single-engined, straight-winged day fighter, it was armed with four 20 mm cannons and could carry a wide assortment of air-to-ground munitions.

The Panther was used extensively by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the Korean War. It was also the first jet aircraft used by the Blue Angels aerobatics demonstration team, from 1949 through late 1954. The aircraft was exported to Argentina and was the first jet used by the Argentine Naval Aviation."

THE KIT

The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box, typical from Trumpeter. Inside, there're three light grey sprues and one clear sprue. The model comes with two decal options for aircraft of the US Navy. Apart from the plastic parts, included are a film part for the instrument panel and a photoetch instrument panel dial faces.

CONSTRUCTION

I began by painting the interior of the fuselage and the cockpit parts in Interior Grenn (Revell 48). When that was dry, I painted the side consoles in black. The pilot's seat was painted in black too, with silver rudder pedals and black instrument panel. After all that was dried, I moved on to the fuselage.

I didn't want to build the aircraft with the air brakes in the down position, as the kit would have you glue them, so I trimmed the actuator of it and glued the brakes in the up position. With that done, I glued the cockpit to the fuselage side, and glued 60g of lead weight to the back of it to have a nose sitter aircraft. Before closing the fuselage, you must glue the nose landing gear to the roof of the cockpit, otherwise you won't be able to place it after the aircraft is complete. I then glued both fuselage halves and let them to dry. To complete the fuselage, I built up the cannon bay and glued it to the nose of the model.

While the fuselage was drying, I built up the wingroots and wings. The wing roots were easy to build, and the wings per se need to have the holes for the bombs and missiles opened before gluing them together.

After gluing the wings together, I glued them to the fuselage halves, and left them to dry. The horizontal stabilizers were glued too at this time.

COLORS & MARKINGS

The F9F-2s of the Armada Argentina were painted in a simple scheme of Light Gull Grey upper surfaces with white undersurfaces. I first painted the upper areas of the aircraft with Revell 76 Light Grey, and primed the lower surfaces with the same colour. After letting the paint cure for 24hs, the lower areas were painted with Revell 05 White. After the paint had dried, I glossed the aircraft with Revell's 01 Gloss Varnish to prepare the surface for the decals.

I used Aerocalcas 48005 decal sheet for this aircraft. The sheet has two options for the Panther and one for a Helicopter. They were of excellent quality and easy to work with, and they needed only one pass with Microsol over them to make them conform to the surface. After letting the decals dry for 24hs, I varnished the model with Revell's 02 Matt Varnish.

I painted the main landing gear in white, and the bombs and missles with Olive Drab (Revell 66). Before gluing the armament to the wing pylons, I glued the landing gear, which proved to be a fairly loose fit. With the armament glued (six missiles and two 100lbs bombs), the model was complete.

CONCLUSIONS

It was fun to build this kit, no fit issues and nicely detailed. Recommended.

REFERENCES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_F9F_Panther

Francisco Santoro

17 May 2021

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