F9F Panther Wingfolds

Published: January 12th, 2014     
F9F Panther Wingfolds Packaging
F9F Panther Wingfolds Packaging
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Price: $16.50
Product / Stock #: 7305
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Aires' F9F Panther wingfold set comes in a bubble package, consists of 10 parts, and is made for the Hobby Boss F9F kit #87249. The pieces in the package are very nicely done and look great.

To install the Aires sections, about 1/4 inch needs to be cut out of the kit's wings. I "under-cut" mine (slightly less than a full cut) then filed them down until I got a good fit. I had to thin the Hobby Boss leading and trailing edges on the inside of the wings to get a good fit for the resin parts.

Each fuselage side of the wingfold has 3 small tabs, and each wing side has two---these slide into the 3 on the fuselage side---just like the full size machine. But be careful; they're very fragile. I broke one side sanding the joint and had to carefully glue them back on.

I used CA glue to attach the resin parts to the plastic and sanded them to blend in. Most panel lines lined up but a few didn't.

I painted the model in 3 sections---the fuselage and the two outboard wings, and joined them at the end of the build. There's no diagram or instructions on how much to fold the wings, so I used the diagram from the F9F Panther/Cougar In Action book by Squadron to get the angle.

There was nothing tricky with this detail set, except having to be careful sanding because of the very fragile wingfold parts. In the end you get a nice model, and now, if you're out of room in your display case, you can save space by folding your wings.

Thank you to IPMS/USA and to Aires for the opportunity to review this aftermarket kit.

  • Closeup of Detail Parts
    Closeup of Detail Parts
  • Stock Kit Wings
    Stock Kit Wings
  • Kit Wings Cut
    Kit Wings Cut
  • Inner Wingfold Attached
    Inner Wingfold Attached
  • Closeup of Inner Wingfold
    Closeup of Inner Wingfold
  • Conversion Complete
    Conversion Complete
  • Kit Completed
    Kit Completed
  • Kit Completed from Front
    Kit Completed from Front
  • Closeup of Completed Wingfold Conversion
    Closeup of Completed Wingfold Conversion

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