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Hawk/Testors F8F-2 Bearcat . . . Complete!

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Hawk/Testors F8F-2 Bearcat . . . Complete!
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, July 4, 2022 8:41 AM

Motivated by Stikpusher's RVAF Bearcat build, I went Bearcat hunting at PAMSCON almost two weeks ago. One of the Bearcat kits I found was this one: the Hawk/Testors F8F-2 kit. I'm sure I built this kit two or three times since high school.

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Not a real bad kit really. Low parts count, no real fit issues. Both raised and recessed panels lines, featureless cockpit, adequate engine. When it's finished, the airplane will be a drone control aircraft. Stay tuned.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 4, 2022 12:33 PM

I'm gonna watch this project Wink Looking forward to seeing what you're going to do with this.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, July 4, 2022 12:44 PM

Following.  I built that one ages ago

Thanks,

John

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 3:22 PM

Bearcat Update.

Major assembly is complete, seams puttied and sanded. Went out on the porch to the paint bench and sprayed the model overall Stynyl Rez White primer. I figured the white primer is needed over the silver plastic because the wings and tail will be Insignia Yellow. Plus, I maybe will do some subtle pre-shading under the yellow and the Mr Hobby Navy Blue. Tomorrow I'l wet sand the primer to get the airplane ready for masking and paint.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, July 8, 2022 10:23 AM

Did some pre-shading on the Bearcat this morning. I would like the pre-shading to be subtle so I used Tamiya Neutral Gray. This afternoon I'll start painting the Insignia Yellow on the wings and tail. Thanks for looking in.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, July 8, 2022 11:33 AM

I'll be watching.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, July 8, 2022 3:01 PM

Then look at this, JohnnyK: Painted the wings and tail this afternoon. The yellow is Tamiya Flat Yellow with a touch of Tamiya Orange. Tomorrow Mr Color Navy Blue, then gloss clear.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, July 8, 2022 3:40 PM

Yup, that's yellow!

John

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, July 8, 2022 3:51 PM

Boy what a classic,kit has to be at least from the 80's

Great job with the yellow

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, July 8, 2022 5:58 PM

Tojo72

Boy what a classic,kit has to be at least from the 80's

Great job with the yellow

 

Just looked the kit up on Scalemates. When the kit was issued under the HAWK label Scalemates says 1968. Under the Testors label, Scalemates says 1991. Either way, it's a really old kit.

Not your usual F8F Bearcat.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, July 9, 2022 1:03 PM

Looking real sharp Frank! This sure will be one colorful aircraft. 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, July 11, 2022 11:37 AM

Was out on the paint bench this morning. The major painting is done, now for some touch up, detailing and painting the insignia. I used Mr Hobby Aqueous Paint for the first time for the fuselage color. I just happened to have the color on the paint shelf, don't know how/where I acquired the paint though. After watching a couple of YouTube videos on how to apply the paint, I thinned the paint 2/1 thinner to color and the paint performed as expected. The blue-gray is certainly a contrast to the yellow and red. I like it!

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, July 11, 2022 1:40 PM

I still have one I built in 1968.  It was state of the art back then, I'll tell ya!

John

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, July 11, 2022 3:05 PM

Looks greats Frank.  Will she be glossy when complete.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, July 11, 2022 4:14 PM

keavdog

Looks greats Frank.  Will she be glossy when complete.

 

It won't be real glossy. I have a bottle of Alclad Light Sheen clear coat that I will probably seal the paint with. Not too much weathering either.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, July 15, 2022 4:36 PM

Bearcat Update:

Painted the black today. The anti-glare panel, and the aircraft identifier markings, all painted Tamiya Rubber Black. Next will be the white markings then the national insignia.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, July 15, 2022 7:37 PM

Nice work, Frank.  Plan on keeping it for a long time, I have proof that it can be a very sturdy long lasting model.  Here's a Hawk kit I built in 1968, photographed yesterday.  I can't believe even the uncoated decals on bare plastic have held up so well.

John

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, July 24, 2022 10:06 PM

Well, I'm calling this build done. The build was mostly easy but the paint was a lot of work: Masking and unmasking. Mixing the right color yellow. Fixing mistakes. Plus, when you photograph your model, you see all of the things you missed. But here it is, an F8F-2K Drone Control Aircraft. I do have one boast though: No Decals! All marking and insignia are painted. That's really where all of the work was, cutting vinyl masks, applying them and painting. I'm really impressed with how it all turned out. Without any further ado, here's the Bearcat. Comments and constructive criticism always welcome.

Oh yeah, except for the paint it's entirely OOB.

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:23 PM

Very sharp Frank!  I've got to add one of those drone aircraft to the shelves.  Really colorful and well done.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:25 PM

Looks very nice! Great work on painting all of those markings. Toast

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, July 25, 2022 11:55 AM

Outstanding, Frank!

John

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, July 25, 2022 2:46 PM

Thanks, y'all. I really appreciate your comments.

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Posted by lurch on Monday, July 25, 2022 7:42 PM

That looks great Fotofrank. The painting is fantastic. Great job well done.

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, July 25, 2022 9:33 PM

Thanks, lurch.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 11:44 AM

Hi;

     When you say "Drone Control Aircraft" then you mean it has someone in the office? I will say it certainly catches your eye. Fine job there!

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Posted by Planegeek on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:05 PM

Wow, it looks great!

You mentioned painting markings? Did you use stencils? I've been trying to use wife's cricut to make stencils without much luck

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Posted by Chemteacher on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:38 PM

Beautiful work. 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 8:09 PM

That looks fantastic Frank! Love those bright planes like drone control aircraft. 

Love how you did her without decals, masks drive me crazy, I always get some bleed. 

 

Yours looks cool too John, amazing job for a model older than me! Makes me feel a little younger!!! 

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 8:27 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hi;

     When you say "Drone Control Aircraft" then you mean it has someone in the office? I will say it certainly catches your eye. Fine job there!

 

Yeah, Tank-Builder, a drone control aircraft would have a pilot, although a Bearcat cockpit might have been kinda small for the stuff needed to keep track of the drone.

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 8:33 PM

Planegeek

Wow, it looks great!

You mentioned painting markings? Did you use stencils? I've been trying to use wife's cricut to make stencils without much luck

 

Planegeek, I cut masks on a Silhouette Portrait vinyl cutter. Your wife's Cricut will do the job but like anything: Practice, practice, practice. I've had my Silhouette for about a year now and it's been a great asset for my builds. This Bearcat build is the first I've done that eveything is painted. I'm really impressed with the result.

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