Panther model in 1/32 scale of FISHER MODEL AND PATTERN
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F9F Panther was a single-seat, single-engine, carrier-based, jet fighter
used by the US Navy and Marine Corps during the Korean War.
The F9F Panther fighter was Grumman's first jet-powered aircraft for the
US Navy. Development studies began at the end of the second world war as
the first jet engines emerged. The prototype first flew on 24 November
1947, and deliveries to US Navy squadrons began on 8 May 1949. Production
of the F9F ended January 1953 after about 1,300 were built. Various variant
were developed and the F9F-5 was the last and most numerous of the Panthers
built, being some what larger than previous variants. (Also a swept wing
variant was developed based on the Panther, called the Cougar).
Fisher Model and Pattern issued a 1/32 kit of the Grumman F9F-5 Panther as kit number 3201 in 2005. It is a very impressive kit in full resin with additional etched metal parts and nice decals including stencilling.
The Panther kit costs about U$ 150,= and although at first site not cheap, you get a very impressive and nice model well worth the money. Certainly compared to good injection moulded 1/32 kits , the price is competitive.
The kit was ordered directly through the Internet http://fishermodels.com/ site
... and came in a very sturdy box
within a month.
Instructions are comprehensive and
have a personal touch as Paul Fisher clearly shows you how to get most
out of this model with a step by step description and black and white pictures.
Parts fit is very good with minimal
filler being required at the wing-fuselage junction. Before starting the
assembly and painting, thoroughly clean up all the parts with a bath of
water and soap.
OK, let's begin...
The cockpit section is very well detailed.
Drybrushing revealed the various details on the side walls etc.
I used some home made instrument decals
to make the main instrument panel.
Speed brakes were set half open and
have nice detail (with metal parts). The bay was painted red and is seen
here masked for spraying.
Flaps, aileron and stabilizer are
very nice separate parts. I suspect the slats have to extend and droop
a bit when flaps are also drooped. As the kit has no separate slats, I
only drooped the rear trailing edge flaps a few degrees.
After a while a problem was discovered with the large wing part. After fitting the heavy tiptanks, it would not stay straight but bended as seen here....
When the model was turned upside down, the bending continued towards the other side using the law of gravity. So the problem was not a "memory" problem in the resin.
After sending an email to Fisher Model and Pattern, I was told that the problem was indeed not caused by the resin having a "memory" but was really caused by an error during resin production and now definitely resolved.
Fortunately, from Fisher instantly a new wing and even some extra parts were dispatched. So a very dedicated and good customer service from Paul Fisher.
I fitted the new wing part and the problem was solved. In the picture the upper blue wing is the old wing, the lower gray wing the new straight replacement resin part.
It was fitted to the Panther without further problems.
So now back to assembly.
The undercarriage legs got some extra brakelines made from thin metal strip.
For the under wing stores a lot of optional stores are given which are all excellent. Select what you want and choose the appropriate provided pylon.
For creating the canopy different options are given.
I choose the nice "clear resin" part which was OK.
Leading edges were airbrushed in dull aluminum after masking.
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