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Hobbycraft 1/48 F8F Bearcat ***FINISHED***


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I’m working on it Gil 😉 I just don’t want this one to end up like poor old Red Leader did… 🤨

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Nice work Carlos! I can never get my panel lines to look that good on my aircraft. Maybe it's the scale, but still...

 

Way to go my friend! Bring her home!

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Thanks Mark. I’m using a Mig panel line wash and cleaning it up with Mona Lisa thinner. Very easy stuff to use.

A little more progress on the Bearcat. I painted up and weathered the kit 5” HVARs, plus added some Pro Modeler decal stenciling, then glued them in place. I also painted up the 20mm gun barrels using a mix of Testors Gun Metal & Flat Black. That gave a nice parkerized finish looking color.

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More coming tomorrow hopefully… lots going on here… 

 

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Finally, enough time in the day, and no complications, to get in a good bench session. I did the last bits of airbrushing, then started removing all of the masking. Some of that dampened tissue paper in certain areas sure was reluctant to come back out, and that ended up causing me to knock a 5” rocket loose during the handling. But man does this look good now.

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One more good session and I ought to be able to wrap this one up…


 

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Thanks Mark. Just black based and some airbrushed light coats of Tamiya Yellow Green in the wheel wells.

Ok, I’m calling this Cat finished

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I’m gonna let the landing gear fully dry overnite, as it is a bit spindly. Tomorrow I’ll get a full proper finished multi angle bunch of photos taken and posted.

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Thank you James! Not bad for a $12 kit 😉

So here we go, a proper all angle walk around of the Hobbycraft 1/48 F8F-1B, in the markings of the VNAF 1st Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Republic of Vietnam, 1959, at the end of their service career.

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And out in some sunlight

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Only changes to the kit were replacing the gun barrels with brass tubing, adding an acetate gunsight lens, and a Kits World 3D decal seat harness. Paints are Humbrol and Testors enamels. Mig panel line wash, Tamiya Weathering Master set, and oils used for weathering.

Thanks for looking, comments and critiques welcome. 

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Gil, thank you for looking in and your kind feedback.

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Lol! Thanks John. And yes, this build can be found on several forums. 😉

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