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Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat

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Wow, this makes two completed models in less than a week for me. After finishing the Thunderbolt, this kit called out to me again. I had it about 80% completed before I put it away several years ago. It's the Testors 1/48 kit, very basic but it builds into a good looking model. I had opened up the exhaust ports, but other than that it's 100% box stock. I didn't even try to add any weathering to it. After taking the pics, I realized that I hadn't painted the lights on the wingtips yet, oops. They'll get added today. Finishing up this old warbird was a nice change of pace, but I'm sure there will be another car on the bench in a short amount of time. Thanks for looking.

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Nice build

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Very nice , How about a Hellcat next ?

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That does look good. I didn't realize the Testers kit had recessed panel lines. I've got the Academy Bearcat on my to-do list. Tentative plan is bare metal with French Indo-China or Vietnam AF markings.

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Beautiful model. There was one of these based at PDK airport near me back in the late '60s.

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Thanks guys.

Very nice , How about a Hellcat next ?

Someday! That is one that is missing from my stash. I've wrapped up the Bearcat, and have a Wildcat about half built buried away, so it only makes sense that I round up a Hellcat sometime. Don't know why I haven't bought one yet, as it is one of my favorite birds from WWII.

That does look good. I didn't realize the Testers kit had recessed panel lines. I've got the Academy Bearcat on my to-do list. Tentative plan is bare metal with French Indo-China or Vietnam AF markings.

Nice, I don't think I've ever seen a bare metal Bearcat before, I think it would look sharp.

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Nice looking Bearcat! If I remember correctly, Neil Armstrong said it was his favorite airplane to fly.

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Great looking model! I admire plane builders, it takes skill in several ares to make a plane properly. Nice job.

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WW2 planes are really cool!!! I go to the Reno Air races every year and it is just as cool as any automotive race. Great build!!!

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Nice job on the weathering. plane looks good

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