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1/48 F9F Panther corrected canopy... at last ! bis...

July 29 2007 at 6:40 AM
Henri V.  (Login Bompa)
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Hi Folks!

Come on guys ! I tought you were interested in Panthers!
Don't you need these canopies?

One of the more discussed shorcomings of the 1/48 Trumpeter F9F-2 was the wrong canopy. I was sure that the cottage industry will follow shortly and give us improved replacement parts... So did Teknics, Pavla and more recently Lonestar. We got wings, tanks, flaps, noses,gear bays,etc... but no canopy !
I was so frustrated that I decided to do something about it: I made a master and looked for someone to produce it.
As I live in Belgium, I was happy to find that PJ Production would agree to do so.
The most difficult thing is to glue the clear parts without damaging them. I decided to make the windscreen as per the real thing, so it will be easier to glue and blend with the rest of the fuselage.
So, I took one sample of the finished product, and prepared it to see how it fits. I first masked it and sprayed a coat of Mister Surfacer, wich helped me a lot to see where to cut.This was done with a few light strokes using a regular hobby knife. It took me just minutes. The kit's fuselage was also cut: very easy to do !
And you know what ? It fits the Revell/Monogram F9F-5 too !
And if Hobbycraft doesn't screw up his Cougar, I can't see why it won't fit it either !
Available at PJ Production and Hannant's.
Here it is, comments welcome
Henri V.

This message has been edited by Bompa from IP address on Jul 30, 2007 12:47 AM

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