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1/48 Blue Angels Grumman Tiger


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Finished my 1/48 Fonderie Miniatures F11F-1 Tiger today. This is my third long-nosed Tiger so I built it in Blue Angels colors to go with my recent BA Connie. I used the FM decals and they worked quite well, maintaining their brightness over the dark blue paint. This is a limited run kit that does require some experience and elbow grease, but not nearly as bad as some people have reported. 

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The kit has a resin cockpit, exhaust/tail bottom, and wheel wells, metal gear, and some pe parts for the cockpit and the wing fences. Note that the wheel wells have been glued directly to their openings, ignoring the kit instructions to attach them to provided bulkheads.

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Note the sheet plastic shims (a vacuform kit technique) added to make up for the lack of locating pins. You can see plastic bits that have been added to the cockpit sidewalls for better detailing as well as the pattern sprayed onto the sheet plastic so I could make the main panel instruments to fit behind the pe main IP.

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The landing gear has been assembled, the vac canopy cut out and readied, and clear red/green plastic wingtip lights added.

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I decided to paint the yellow trim instead of trying to make the decals all fit together.

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The model, ready for decalling, The NMF on the wings is AK Extreme Metal Aluminum and the chrome on the intake edges was done with a chrome pen.

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Note that although Blue Angel planes have white wheel wells, the INSIDE of the gear doors are blue!

On to the finished pics!

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Comments, critiques, and questions welcome as always!

 

Gil :cool:

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The last single seat Grumman carrier based fighter! Very nice work on the glossy Blues scheme. I do wish that one of the mainstream companies would do a new kit of the F11F in 1/48 injection plastic. 

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THEY ARE! There are CAD renderings of a new 1/48 F11F Tiger coming from DB Models out on the internet now, due to be released sometime in a year or so!  🙂

Gil :cool:

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What company is DB? It's not a name I recognize from a mainstream company such as Tamiya, Hasegawa, Trumpeter, Hobbyboss, ICM, Airfix, Revell, etc...

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DB is a newer company and the Grumman Tiger may be their first release, so we'll have to wait and see how good it is. However, my friend Jerry Wells took a LOT of pictures and measurements of the one at the Naval Museum in Pensacola for Tommy Thomason and them, and they've also ben in contact with Bert Kinsey of Detail and Scale while designing the kit; so it seems they're making an effort to put out a well detailed and accurate kit. I believe they plan to do it in 1/72 as well as 1/48. We'll have to wait and see. But, since the FM kit is out of production and tough to find, waiting at this point isn't a bad option!

 

Gil :cool:

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Great job on that Gil!! Such a cool aircraft that has been neglected by the plastic model industry.

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19 hours ago, ghodges said:

DB is a newer company and the Grumman Tiger may be their first release, so we'll have to wait and see how good it is. However, my friend Jerry Wells took a LOT of pictures and measurements of the one at the Naval Museum in Pensacola for Tommy Thomason and them, and they've also ben in contact with Bert Kinsey of Detail and Scale while designing the kit; so it seems they're making an effort to put out a well detailed and accurate kit. I believe they plan to do it in 1/72 as well as 1/48. We'll have to wait and see. But, since the FM kit is out of production and tough to find, waiting at this point isn't a bad option!

 

Gil :cool:

Well it's either wait or look for the old Lindberg kit... 😮

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Having converted the old Lindberg kit 40yrs ago.... I'd recommend finding this FM kit or waiting, UNLESS you're used to doing some very heavy conversion/scratchbuilding work; which is what's needed not just to stretch the short Lindberg nose, but to also correct and detail that ancient kit!

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Gil :cool:

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I had thought about doing a conversion of the Lindberg kit into the long nose version. But in the long run, I most likely would stick with the short nose instead. And yes, some detailing scratch work would be in order!

Very nice work on your rework of the Lindberg Tiger Gil. 🫡

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That rendition of the Blue Angels F11F is extremely well done!  And it looks like the kit had its challenges.  The first time I saw the Blue Angels, they were flying this aircraft, and at the end of the show, one of the solos would break the sound barrier.

Here's a few photos of the F11-F at Pima Air Museum, in Blue Angels colors.  The starboard side has a lot of weathering but the port side paint job is still decent (back in 2018).

 

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