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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series HA7208
Grumman F9F-5 Panther Diecast Model
USN VF-153 Blue Tail Flies, H312 Blue Tail Fly, USS Princeton, Korea, 1953

Limited Edition

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman F9F-5 Panther   9.75"   9.5"

Two Grumman F9F Panthers from VF-153 suffered AA fire damage. One Panther wore a natural metal finish and had its tail section destroyed while 126652 wore a glossy sea blue scheme and had its forward section destroyed so it was decide to mate the good sections from each aircraft to produce one airworthy Panther, 126652 the "Blue Tail Fly". The unique aircraft flew 12 missions in this configuration before being sent for a complete rebuild returning to service with VF-63 and later VMF-115, VMF-311, VMA-224 and in 1958 placed in storage.

Grumman F9F-5 Panther

Designed as a carrierborne jet fighter for the US Navy, the F9F was first flown on November 24th, 1947. During the Korean War, the Panther was the Navy's most heavily used jet fighter. It flew 78,000 sorties and was responsible for the first US Navy air to air kill of the conflict. The Panther's armament included four 20mm cannons and two bombs or an assortment of rockets. The wingtip fuel tanks and dark sea blue coloring made the aircraft extremely recognizable. The Panther was such a successful design that in 1949 it became the first jet flown by the "Blue Angels."

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Hobby Master's 1:48 scale F9F Panther has been designed with almost no visible seams. It has a solid look with a nice, heavy feel. The highlight of this model is its solid metal folding wings—pull the wing away from the fuselage to reveal a robust metal hinge, then configure it in a folded position to view internal structural wing details. The flaps are movable, the metal tail hook is retractable and the wing tip fuel tanks are removable. The canopy slides open, revealing front and side instrument panels. A deployable speed brake is positioned behind the hinged metal nose gear, and the main gear is also hinged for easy display. A selection of appropriate wing-mounted ordnance is included with each release.

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Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:48 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:48 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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