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Trumpeter 1/48 F-9f Panther

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    April, 2010
Trumpeter 1/48 F-9f Panther
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 10:10 AM

I am waiting for decals for the Mirage so took thos little kit out to play with.

It will be a simple out the box build, I just added belts to the otherwize bare seat.

Pity about the sidewall detail being to soft to really give a noce look, even using my white pencil to "drybrush" still gives a "feathered" look

 IMG_20180703_131155 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

The IP is quite nice being accetate and PE

 IMG_20180703_160659 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

Sofar the fit is quite nice

 IMG_20180703_165159 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 12:45 PM

These '50s-era jets are my favorites!  I'm a big fan of the Panther but I've only built the great Monogram versions.  How does the Trumpeter compare to the Monogram one?

I'll be following this build!  Can't wait to see your progress on this.

Eric

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 12:24 AM

I can not comment on the Monogram F9 as I have not built one yet :)

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:53 AM

echolmberg

These '50s-era jets are my favorites!  I'm a big fan of the Panther but I've only built the great Monogram versions.  How does the Trumpeter compare to the Monogram one?

I'll be following this build!  Can't wait to see your progress on this.

Eric

 

Eric the Monogram kit is great and it's a -5.  The Trumpeter kits are a -2 or -3 which are very diffetent

 

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 9:26 AM

The fit of the nose section is not great, it is to narrow for the fuselage so I had to cut it open and insert a filler piece.

 IMG_20180704_091619 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

The rest of the fot sofar it looks good.

 IMG_20180704_093648 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 5:26 PM

Hi,

I've always liked early jets, including the F9F and F10F.  Can't wait to see more Big Smile

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    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, July 06, 2018 9:12 PM

Clever fix on the nose piece. I probably would've used a ton of putty and sanding. I'll file that one for future referance and thanks for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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    January, 2009
Posted by F-8fanatic on Monday, July 09, 2018 3:20 PM

Jay Jay

Clever fix on the nose piece. I probably would've used a ton of putty and sanding. I'll file that one for future referance and thanks for that.

 

 

 

Yeah, his work looks really good....me, I probably would have just shaved the side edges of the cockpit tub a bit so that it was not too wide for the fuse to go together...

  • Member since
    March, 2003
Posted by rangerj on Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:38 PM

Trumpeter offers the F9F3 and F9F4 and Monogram's kit is an F9F5. The Trumpeter kit has recessed panel lines and Monogram's has raised panel lines. Monogram also offers a photo-recon version. The Monogram kit fits very well and there are no major acuracy issues that I know of. The build looks good so far and thanks for the warning on the nose.

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Monday, July 16, 2018 12:51 AM

The hassle with reducing the size of the cockpit to bring the middle dection of the noe together leads to the very front nosecone not to fit and this will sand a lot harder around the installed guns :-(

 

Anyhow no big problem, I now need to re scribe the lost detail.

The wings have been assembled and I decided to drop the flaps on them to give a bit more feel to it. The detail on the wing side rib of te folded wing is basically zero while the fuselage exposed rib has a little detail, I will have to put some work into these areas as I intend to fold the wings.

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:34 PM

My build moe joe took a real knock last night.

My panther was basically ready to paint, all primed and sanded. I was clumsy and knocked over the bottle of tamiya thin cement onto the table, no big deal the model was not close to it.

 

Apon closer look I saw a nice big blotch on the windshield where a single drop must have landed melting a fat ugly spot into the "glass" section next to the framing....not sure it can be rectified :-(

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:24 AM

I painted the LE alclad, the gloss blue is much darker than in the pix

 IMG_20180731_140147 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20180731_140111 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:22 PM

I got the worst of the canopy marks sanded and pollished out to an acceptable limit. Yesterday I started to decal, went on OK....untill I noticed that the nose undercart has broken off and is missing  AARRG! the model seems cursed LOL

 

I will have to scratchbuild something to look like a nose strut.

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Saturday, August 04, 2018 11:20 PM

Here it is before I put a satin clearcoat on.

 IMG_20180803_112752 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 05, 2018 2:54 AM

Looking good!  Home stretch.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, August 05, 2018 5:06 AM
Excellent.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2018
  • From: Ficksburg, Free State, South Africa
Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:30 PM

Hey Boeta. I know the feeling - I just finished a Hasegawa Avenger that fought with me to the bitter end Crying. It does look good in the cabinet now though. Waiting to see that Panther finished - sterkte!!!

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