by David W. Aungst
Ever since I was a young kid watching the movie The Bridges at Toko-Ri, the F9F Panther has been a favorite of mine. When Monogram released their kit on the F9F-5 Panther, it was a natural for me to want to build the aircraft flown by the movie's main character -- Lt. Brubaker.
The Monogram kit is a good kit, but I could not just build the kit out-of-the-box. I did the following to the basic kit:
I used all Testors Model Master enamel paints and metalizers. The camouflage is the standard overall Gloss Sea Blue (F.S.15042). I was very happy when watching the movie to find Brubaker's aircraft was one of the ones that had natural metal wing roots. I like the break-up of the aircraft that these large unpainted areas make.
Decals for the F9F Panther aircraft of VF-192 come from SuperScale on decal sheet #48-374. The decal instructions claim the provided aircraft is Lt. Brubaker's aircraft from the movie. However, I needed to make serious revisions to the decals to actually match the markings shown in the movie. It beats me what movie the guy who created the decal sheet was watching as the aircraft depicted by the decals was never flown by Lt. Brubaker in the movie. I made the following revisions to the decals and instructions provided by SuperScale.
In addition to the unit markings from decal sheet #48-374, I also used the F9F-5 Data Markings decals from SuperScale found on decal sheet #48-376.
For weathering, I used my typical style of thinned down enamel paint washes and air brush shading. I finished the weathering with some dry brushing to pop out the surface details. For a more complete discussion of what I do to weather my models, see my article on "Weathering Aircraft".
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