1/72 scale Hasegawa / Falcon conversion for a F9F Cougar of the US NAVY
review / modelling report
The Grumman F9F-T8 is a trainer version of the single seat Cougar. Look here for some history at the 1/32 scale kit modelling report....
|The Hasegawa kit in 1/72 scale of
the F9F-8 Cougar (kit JS.139) was used for a conversion to a two seater
training Cougar aircraft using the conversion set of FALCON
with the F106B, F9F-8T ,MIRAGE IIID Conversion.
OK, let's first look at the Hasegawa kit required.
The kit is simple being quite old and with raised panel lines. It also has a very simple cockpit tub. It was decided to only detail it in some areas and built bit otherwise rather straight from the box. The kit is a very simple and quick build with only about 50 parts.
Of the Hasegawa kit, I started with
spraying some parts while still on their sprues, eg. various coats of white
on the doors, gear legs and wheels. Also, some parts were sprayed metallic.
After drying, moved on to assembly....
Starting with the cockpit, I simply added the tub part D16 and instrument panel E3. Also, I closed the hole aft of the tub with thin card to form a bulkhead. a floor was added and the nose gear bay wheel box fitted
Between the vacuform parts and the plastic, gaps were filled with rod to get a stronger joint and base for the filler.
The intakes are OK but you see a blocking end plate in each intake parts D5 and D6, it may be nice to open these.
I did not fit yet jet exhaust part D20, this will be painted first burned metal and added later on.
The edges of the wing moving surfaces and rudder were "cut in" with a razor saw to better suggest the gaps on these moving surfaces.
The scheme is a white Fed.Std FS16875 with
orange panels using Lifecolor LC23
acrylic. The panels were masked with TAMIYA
masking tape. Note the white panel in the tail fin to receive the serials
and Buzz numbers.
Next followed the metallic leading
edges of the wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizers. These were
masked off and sprayed.
The decals used were to be sourced
from the decals spares box. It was decided to make an "ANES" aircraft of
the US NAVY.
The wing walkways were made from black
The kit seats were replaced by metal
seats. I found some in the stack, probably from AEROCLUB. Seat straps were
made from tape.
Cockpit instrument panels were suggested with plain decals for the instruments from the spare decal box.
The main gear legs are difficult to
align properly and I could not figure out the exact correct position related
to the holes where they are supposed to be glued. I used some scrap plastic
to set the legs at the correct position in the main bay and to get a strong
joint. Also, the doors C11 and C12 would not really fit, I cut off their
Next, some tubes and details were added from stretched sprue in the main gear bays.
The FALCON canopy and wind screen was cut with scissors and some internal detail added from tin plastic sprue. The gap between wind screen and fuselage was closed with white glue. When dried, painted black. Also note the tiny screen between the two cockpits at the mid console, made from a spare piece of acetate plastic.
The sliding canopy white frames were hand painted and inside a medium grey frame was painted.
Only very limited weathering was applied on the moving surfaces gaps with PROMODELLER black wash, to suggest some oil streaks. Remember, these training aircraft were kept in good condition. The wing tip anti-collision lights were painted on and given a drop of Microscale Kristal Kleer.
Some panel lines (these were raised on the kit) were high lighted with some pencil stripes.
The overall model was finally given a overall gloss coat with Johnson Pledge/ Future. It now looks fine with an even shine.
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