1/48 F9F Cougar - Blue Angels

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by exzealot, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    This concludes the prototype build. I glued the engine inside, and redesigned and replaced the chin; 5 parts vs 9. Also, the left side air intake split panel.

    Next, I will refine all of the graphics and tune in the fit of the parts.

    Gettin' close!


    Attached Files:

  2. rmks2000

    rmks2000 Member

    The chin looks great. That last picture really shows how well the wings, cockpit, and tail are aligned. My builds aren't always as nice.
  3. OhioMike

    OhioMike Member

    Great looking model. The bulge under the nose throws me a bit. Havent seen that on previous cougars? Disregard, i found it on a Good 3-view. I'm a big fan of the Panther, are you considering that model as well?
  4. Janx

    Janx Member

    Excellent prototype, Looks great.
  5. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    Wow Ken you DO work fast. It's does look pretty good. :thumb:

  6. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    HERE STARTS THE PRODUCTION VERSION..... the slop-fest is over.

    The rest of this thread will serve as a builder's aid; pictures to help show the assembly sequence, so it might be a bit boring.

    Picture 1 - 5 pages of parts

    Picture 2 - Fuselage parts are pre-rolled and edge-painted. The ends are butt-joined.

    Picture 3 - The bulkheads are glued inside the rolled-sections

    Picture 4 - Bulkhead 20 is unique.. the engine opening is cut 90 percent of the way through - then the bulkead is blued inside the rolled part. Once dry, the button is removed, and the ring around the opening is hardened with thin super-glue.

    Picture 5 - The fuselage is assembled. :thumb:


    Attached Files:

  7. cdavenport

    cdavenport Member

    Geez, I'm still struggling through the build of the F-84 and you've already completed another model!

    Wait, that sounded bad. The struggle is personal. The model is a beauty; I've been bereft of time to really sit down and work through the model.
  8. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    Pictures 1, 2 & 3 - rolling, gluing and adding the canopy to the fuselage

    Pictures 4 & 5 - building and installing the "chin"


    Attached Files:

  9. exzealot

    exzealot Member


    Picture 1 - folding the air intake like shown..

    Picture 2 - assemble the 2 intake parts with the graphics to the inside

    Picture 3 - attaching the intake assembly to the fuselage

    Picture 4 - gluing the upper skin of the wing root as shown

    Pictures 5 & 6 - adding the lower skin, bulkhead, front corner fillet, and the trailing edge..


    Also note that I moved the fuselage seams from the bottom to the side (hidden underneath the wing root)...

    Attached Files:

  10. Janx

    Janx Member

    Very very neat!
  11. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    The wings deserve a little explanation..

    Picture 1 - shows the top side of the wings. Note the slit in the surface.. The inboard surface is slightly lower than the outboard surface. Also, see how the inboard bulkhead is sunk in slightly? This is because the lower wing surface is designed slightly larger than the top so that it overlaps the underside of the wing roots making a cleaner and stronger joint.

    Picture 2 - the underside of the wings. Note the inboard leading edge construction. The top surface is curled much more than the lower surface.

    More to come....


    Attached Files:

  12. Cybermac

    Cybermac Member

    Good job!

    Good job! Nice and simple!!! I like that:thumb:

    Panthers... I remember from 'The Bridges at Toko-Ri'

  13. Janx

    Janx Member

    Very Effective!
  14. jgderuvo

    jgderuvo Member

    Very nice. Where do we get it?
  15. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    More progress...

    Picture 1 - Airflow direction vanes added to the wings (don't know the correct name for these)

    Picture 2 - A picture that illustrates improved alignment of the US NAVY graphics, the nose tip, and the front view of the air intake panels...

    Picture 3 - A side view of the RH intake panel; also note the 3-pc fillet on the outboard leading edge..

    To answer a few questions: I am considering a Panther version.. a fairly simple conversion..

    Also, this model will be sold through ecardmodels.com very soon.

    More to come...


    Attached Files:

  16. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    Wing tips added - then wings added to aircraft. Wing marker lights too!

    On the underside shot, note the SLIGHT overlap of the wing to the wing root. Ensures a near perfect fit on top while hiding the lower seam. This is a difficult joint....

    Almost finished.


    Attached Files:

  17. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    The next 2 posts show the completed aircraft.

    I still need to build the pedestal - you will see that tomorrow night.

    Enjoy the pictures!


    Attached Files:

  18. exzealot

    exzealot Member

    Next 5 pictures:

    You can see the relative size of the model compared to the Testors paint bottles.

    Stop by tomorrow night for the final posting


    Attached Files:

  19. Getter1

    Getter1 Active Member

    KEN!!! That's abaslootly beutimus!!! I'll be buying for sure.

    Considering a Panther says the beautiful man :D

    Looking forward to the stand ;)

  20. dhanners

    dhanners Member

    Yet another great addition to our hobby. You're a true craftsman and a talented designer. We owe you....

Share This Page