Caracal Models CD 48172: FJ-2 Fury part 2
Thanks to the release of the Kitty Hawk 1/48 FJ-2, Caracal Models has provided us with a couple of sheets featuring this aircraft. This is the second sheet. A few notes on the kit are appropriate for those wanting an accurate model. For whatever reason, Kitty Hawk molded the FJ-2 with reinforced rudder and elevator surfaces. While this would be correct for those that were in service a long time and retrofitted with them (like the reserve bird), the majority of these planes did not have these reinforcements. This means that you need to fill them in. It is always wise to check reference photos for the plane you are building to see if these are present or not. Secondly, there is no prototype kit, even though prototype markings are provided. To build the XF and YF option it would be best to start with an F-86E and add the modifications such as the guns, canopy, and the flat horizontal stabs. It will also require the wing fences to be sanded off.
The sheet provides markings for seven aircraft running the full operational life of the plane.
Here is what you get:
XFJ-2 BuNo. 133754
YFJ-2B BuNo. 133756
FJ-2 BuNo. 132057, VMF-312, USMC
FJ-2 BuNo. 131955, VMF-451(early), USMC
FJ-2 BuNo. 132122, VMF-451(late), USMC
FJ-2 BuNo. 131980, VMF-235, USMC
FJ-2 BuNo. 132111, NAS Columbus, US Navy ReserveIn addition to the unique markings, a Fury insignia/stencil sheet is provided. Instructions are excellent and provide notes where needed. The set is superbly printed by Cartograf. There are enough data markings for two planes if one of them is the sea blue option. You can do others by using the kit decals.
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