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1:72 F9F-2 Panther COMPLETE

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  • Member since
    June 2010
  • From: Rochester, New York USA
1:72 F9F-2 Panther COMPLETE
Posted by rocker286 on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:43 PM

Good evening everyone! 

A few months ago I started Hasegawa's F9F-2 Panther kit, and so far the build has been going along quite smoothly. My only gripe about this kit are the decals - they are super thin and crack easier than eggshells! I actually had to cut up the red stripes for the second marking option from the decal sheet to "patch" the red squadron identification markings on the option I went with. Aside from that it's been a breeze. Also, I fully intended to make this a wheels-down, stationary bird. But I had never built a model "in-flight" before. So I decided to glue the gear doors in place, drill a hole in the bottom of the jet, and stick it on a clear styrene rod. But how am I supposed to keep the plane supported? That's right, with a scenic display involving a wrecked T-34/85 tank, some goats, and a few other things. So what SHOULD have been a simple build using a kit I've had in my stash for over twelve years turned into something much more complex. But hey, it's fun! Here are some progress shots. 









  • Member since
    June 2010
  • From: Rochester, New York USA
Posted by rocker286 on Sunday, May 15, 2022 12:05 PM

I don't know why it takes me so long to post my progress photos these days, but here they are. My Panther is complete! It's wheels are up and a styrene rod is in it's underside. I'd post photos of the diorama here, but I think that's better suited for the "diorama" forum on this page. 







  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, May 15, 2022 12:45 PM

One of my favorite old Hasegawa kits...and yours is a beauty. Glad you stuck with it through the problem decals.

[Oddly, over the years, I have lots of experience with their decals being too thick, or sort of 'leathery'...but never too thin and fragile. Perhaps they've changed suppliers since the 'old days' I'm more familiar with.]

In any event...nice job! YesYesYes


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  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Sunday, May 15, 2022 5:12 PM

Great job on the airplane. Looking forward to the rest of it. 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 15, 2022 11:26 PM

Well done!


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    November 2022
Posted by justmestevieb on Sunday, November 13, 2022 11:36 AM

NICELY done... I just posted that I have dozens of 1/72 aircraft kits for sale... made around 1980-90... Call me; Steve; if your interested in some of them... they were not cheap kits, even back then... Steve... 972=463-6955



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