Yellowhammer has released three decal sheets with a variety
of F9F-2 Panther subjects in 1/48 scale, just in time for the
brand-new Trumpeter kit.
As far as I am aware, these are the first (and only at this
stage) after market decals available for the -2 Panther.
All sets are presented to the usual Yellowhammer high
standards, with full colour instructions, stencil marking guide
and decals in perfect register.
The specific subjects are as follows:
This sheet contains markings for four Korean War combatants
in Gloss Sea Blue. All the aircraft wear variations on red nose
and tail trim, and each has individual markings.
Black Magic se;f-adhesive masks are supplied to help paint
the nose and top tank markings.
The instructions are first rate, including a wonderful colour
reference photograph of a Panther flightline aboard Bon Homme
Richard. One of the points raised by the instructions and
clearly confirmed by the colour photo is the plume abrasions on
the bottom of the wings of -2 Panthers. This paint damage seems
to reveal large, bright patches of zinc chromate primer.
The subjects are as follows:
"Paper Doll," 121/D, VF-781, USS Bon Homme Richard, Korea,
"Papasan," 101/L, VF-71, USS Bon Homme Richard, Korea,
F9F-2 113/L, VF-71, USS Bon
Homme Richard, Korea 1952-53;
F9F-3 109/S, VF-51, LTJG Len Plog, 1st Navy jet kill
(over a Yak-9), USS Valley Forge, Korea, 3 July 1950.
This time we have two Marines Panthers in Gloss Sea Blue plus
one Blue Angles subject.
Both Marines Panthers wear very striking markings - an
outrageous bomb log and personal names on one, and a wild
Panther face and claws on the other - plus blue fin tip
2/WL, "Jet Cats," VMF-311, most Panther combat missions in
F9F-2B 1/WL, "panther face," VMF-311, Korea 1952;
Blue Angels 1949 demonstration season, jet number 1, LCDR
YHD48040 F9F-2 & XF9F:
The artwork for this sheet is pictured at top of page. Surely
the most colourful and unusual -2 Panther ever, this sheet
includes markings for the candy-striped Gull Grey and White -2
Panther at NAS Pensacola during 1956.
Also for modellers who want something other than Gloss Sea
Blue, this set includes markings for five prototypes (three
XF9F-2 andtwo XF9F-3s) in natrual metal, all of which feature a
silhouette of a leaping Panther on the nose.
A big Black Magic masking sheet is included to assist precise
painting of the "candy stripes" - a nice touch.
Stencil markings are slightly different too, reflecting the
paler base colours.
Interesting stuff here!