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RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« on: January 16, 2017, 09:06:20 PM »
OK, the latest challenge, KittyHawk's F9F-8 Cougar to be done in RAN colours ... but which colours? ???

I don't know! :o

I was really impressed with the look of this kit in the box but I'm a little disappointed, now, as there are some minor engineering issues & I'm finding parts that are slightly short-shot with small but annoying bits missing or only part-formed, like locating pins & small corners of parts. So, I can see some fit issues & PSR in my future.

Other than that the details are nice, if a little soft in places but not enough to worry about. The kit comes with 2 complete sets of glazing & 2 ejection seat options, so I have a canopy & a bang-seat to spare.

I had a bit of an issue putting the cockpit together, which may be down to me but I get the feeling it may be poor design & engineering of the kit, as the parts don't seem to quite match up to create what they are meant to look like..

However, I've overcome that & here are the first pic's of the cockpit & the ejection seat I didn't go with, although I built both, just in case;





Hope to be able to show more progress soon! :)
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 09:56:36 PM »
Goodie, goodie, goodie, I can't wait to see how this turns out!

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2017, 10:21:49 PM »
Nor can I, because I haven't the faintest idea of what scheme I'm going to do it in! :-\
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 02:06:35 AM »
Re schemes, you could look to either the RAN dH Sea Venoms or the A-4 Skyhawks for inspiration.
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 07:54:57 AM »
I already am but I don't want to be too slavish to EDG/Sky or Lt Gull Grey/White (Gull Grey/Lt Gull Grey according to the instructions) & they'll be operating too early for the 2-tone wrap-around.
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2017, 08:20:30 AM »
Something of a mix of the two, either EDG/White or Lt. Gull Grey/Sky?  Definitely get some different looks.

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2017, 09:02:10 AM »
I'm starting to lean towards a 2-tone mid-grey+dark-grey/lt gull grey in the RN high-demarkation pattern - sort of RN with a touch of RAF coastal command.

Still thinking! :-\
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2017, 04:27:44 PM »
I would stick with traditional scheme...maybe with Shark mouth (or should that be a Cougar mouth)?


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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2017, 05:19:41 PM »
I did a Mirage F-1 in an EDSG upper, light grey lower with a high FFA like demarcation that looked very nice, something like that could be a suitable, more low vis option for the 60s.

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2017, 06:35:16 PM »
Too early for SEA camo? >:D

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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2017, 09:19:32 PM »
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2017, 08:15:49 PM »
Been working on the nose-cone & guns, then realised that when I put it all together you can't see any of it. :unsure:

So, being a resourceful whiffer, I've used some styrene rod & I'll use some lead weights to keep the nose down, & I'll save the guns & ammo boxes & chutes for something else. ;D
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2017, 06:23:04 PM »
How's ya Cougar coming along mate?

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2017, 06:43:29 PM »
Paused, at the moment.

I could say "stalled" but it's not, I've just put it aside while I do a couple of other builds.

Should get back to it fairly soon. :)




Still got no idea what scheme I'll be doing, though. :-\
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2019, 10:52:37 AM »
Ha! "Not stalled" my ar$e! ::)

Anyway, almost 3 years later, it's back on the bench & moving forward very slowly, as I'm masking & painting a chequerboard pattern on the wing roots & rudder(s). :-\

Scheme will probably be basic light gull grey over white but I may go DSG over light blue. We'll see. ;)
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2019, 04:58:18 PM »
OK, here is the pic of the chequerboard. Needs a little touching up but nothing too drastic.





PS: I've replaced the P-bucket images from earlier with SmugMug images, so they show properly.
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2019, 11:21:40 AM »
So a bit of paint added last night & this morning, I've gone for high-demarcation EDSG (custom mix) over Sky.

Lots of fix-ups required but, well, this build ain't my best effort anyway, so I'll do what I can easily & leave it be.

Here are the photo's:



Oops! Oh, yeah, better put the rudder(s) on!








Thanks for watching! :smiley:
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2019, 02:44:25 PM »
F9F Cougar.   Remember seeing them during early 60s.   Graceful appearance.   Had Revell 1/48 kit in white plastic at the time.   
Treat to see one in work.   Like what you are doing.

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2019, 09:32:01 PM »
Thanks, Bill! :smiley:

Things may slow down due to a lack of period appropriate RAN decals (especially 'Roo roundels). :icon_crap:

We'll see what I can scrounge up. ;)
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2019, 12:29:53 AM »
Roight, a bit of research shows that the supplied AIM-9 Sidewinders are AIM-9L/M's, not the era appropriate AIM-9B's or (later) AIM-9D's, so looks like a bit of surgery is going to be involved! ::)

PS: Interestingly, they don't match the images in the instructions, either, which do show AIM-9B's! ???
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2019, 08:58:55 AM »
Those checkers look fantastic!

I really like how they brighten everything up and contrast with the rest of the model.

You're on the way to finishing another stunner!

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2019, 11:12:28 AM »
Thanks, Brian! :smiley:
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« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2019, 02:14:43 PM »
Your supply of Sidewinders will be multiplying in the near future... :smiley:
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2019, 10:40:53 PM »
Merci beaucoup, mon ami! :icon_alabanza:
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2019, 10:19:14 PM »
Haven't finished the build, yet, but I'm putting on the first of the transfers/decals to see how they go (& to get some practice using Micro Set & Micro Sol).

So far, so good! :smiley:

Even the few I've put on make a huge difference to how she looks. :D
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2019, 05:30:23 AM »
looking good

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar
« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2019, 12:39:31 PM »
Thanks, Camthalion! :smiley:

(Sorry for the late reply. :-[)

OK, she's almost done. Just a few fix-ups that need to be done. There are dozens that I'm not going to bother about.

This build is far from being close to my best with more issues than you can poke a tree branch at, some down to the kit (which has some surprising issues) but most down to me.

When I've done these I'll take & post some photo's.


She's sans missiles at the moment, but I'm hoping they'll arrive from the USA, courtesy of Mr Jeff Fontaine, soon.
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2019, 05:52:42 PM »
Well, folks, here she is, warts'n'all:


















Looking at the photo's it appears they're hiding most of the faults - I have no problem with that at all! ;D
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2019, 06:38:37 PM »
Sweet build of sweet subject.  Love it all - - -  :-*

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2019, 06:44:57 PM »
Thanks, Bill! :smiley:
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« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2019, 06:46:21 PM »
Great work Guy!
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« Reply #31 on: November 07, 2019, 08:25:28 PM »
Verrrry nice, choice of colour scheme spot on!

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2019, 09:27:44 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen! :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2019, 09:41:34 PM »
Looks good to me. 

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« Reply #34 on: November 07, 2019, 10:25:06 PM »
That's a fine looking bird, well done!

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« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2019, 11:33:52 PM »
Thanks, guys! :icon_alabanza:

Looks good to me. 

That's 'coz the pictures hide a thousand flaws. ;)
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« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2019, 03:57:49 AM »
 :-* :smiley:
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« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2019, 05:40:45 AM »
very cool.  Nice work

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« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2019, 06:15:43 AM »
That's absolutely crackerjack, Mr Wombat!

What a stunner!

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2019, 08:28:57 AM »
It looks awesome! The decals (and the checkerboard in particular) look painted on!

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« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2019, 08:37:47 AM »
Thank you very much, gentlemen! Highly appreciated! :icon_alabanza:


It looks awesome! The decals (and the checkerboard in particular) look painted on!

Possibly because the chequer-board is painted on. ;)
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« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2019, 09:30:09 PM »
Very nice!

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« Reply #42 on: November 08, 2019, 11:23:49 PM »
Thanks, Paul! :smiley:
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« Reply #43 on: November 09, 2019, 07:11:47 AM »
Dang that's good!  :-*
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« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2019, 04:37:26 PM »
Thank you, apophenia! :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #45 on: November 10, 2019, 04:53:30 PM »
Stunning!  8)  8)  8)

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« Reply #46 on: November 10, 2019, 07:10:27 PM »
Thanks, arctic warrior! :smiley:
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« Reply #47 on: November 13, 2019, 01:56:21 AM »
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« Reply #48 on: November 13, 2019, 10:29:53 PM »
Thanks, Moritz! :icon_alabanza:

AIM-9B's arrived today ... erm ... yesterday, so she should get her armament soon.
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« Reply #49 on: November 14, 2019, 12:09:31 AM »
AIM-9B's arrived today ... erm ... yesterday, so she should get her armament soon.
 
Yay! 

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #50 on: November 14, 2019, 12:50:25 AM »
That really is a beautiful looking model! I just noticed the crisp frame masking on the canopy, too - I'm jealous.

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« Reply #51 on: November 14, 2019, 09:18:25 AM »
That really is a beautiful looking model! I just noticed the crisp frame masking on the canopy, too - I'm jealous.

You have no idea how much grief that canopy caused me, Frank! Believe me! :o :icon_twisted: :icon_punal: C:-)

It's still a bit rough, in person, but thanks for the compliment! :smiley:
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« Reply #52 on: November 15, 2019, 07:35:13 AM »
You have no idea how much grief that canopy caused me...

Well worth the fight ... for those of us admiring the outcome from the sidelines  >:D  ;D
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished sans AIM-9Bs
« Reply #53 on: July 22, 2022, 09:07:49 AM »
Someone, somewhere, asked me to post pictures of this build with the AIM-9B Sidewinders (eventually) attached. So, I finally got around to taking photo's & here they are:

















Hope you enjoy them! :smiley:


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« Reply #54 on: July 22, 2022, 12:15:29 PM »
... Hope you enjoy them!

I did indeed! A blast-from-the-past with more ... blast!  :smiley:
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« Reply #55 on: July 23, 2022, 01:33:27 AM »
 :smiley:
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« Reply #56 on: July 23, 2022, 05:49:56 PM »
Thanks, guys! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:
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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #57 on: July 24, 2022, 06:33:02 AM »
Looks great in those colors and markings.

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #58 on: July 24, 2022, 10:19:03 AM »
Thanks, Ramba! :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline RayS

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #59 on: July 24, 2022, 05:37:21 PM »
very nice work there Guy
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Ray

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #60 on: July 24, 2022, 05:44:09 PM »
Thanks, Ray! :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline Volkodav

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #61 on: July 24, 2022, 07:05:08 PM »
 :smiley:

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #62 on: July 24, 2022, 07:18:15 PM »
 :icon_alabanza:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #63 on: July 31, 2022, 09:27:27 AM »
Oh my!! *fans self*

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Re: RAN F9F-8 Cougar - Finished &, finally, with AIM-9Bs
« Reply #64 on: July 31, 2022, 10:02:58 AM »
Thanks, Zac! :icon_alabanza:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."