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Grand Phoenix's 1/48 scale
McDonnell F3H-2N Demon

by Gary Allen

 

McDonnell F3H-2N Demon

 


 Grand Phoenix's 1/48 scale F3H-2N Demon is available online from Squadron.com

 

Construction

 

Here are photos of my 1/48 scale F3H-2 Demon from start to finish. The model is the Grand Phoenix kit using kit decals. As every thing is included there was not much else to buy or use in this kit. Grand Phoenix supplies a resin cockpit and detail parts plus a nice photo etch fret for wing fences, seatbelts and other details.

 

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This is not a kit for the beginner. I would described it as one step above the best vacuform kit you can find, as you do not have to sand out the parts but there is still a lot of extra work to do.

 

 

The landing gear is very complex and the instructions do not do a very good job of showing the assembly sequence. I have also heard people saying that the seat does not fit well. It actually does fit well but the instructions do not do a good job of explaining how it fits into the cockpit over the rails. once you figure this out it fits wonderful.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

The model was painted with Testor's Model Master 36440 Light Gull Gray and white.

I used artist oils for the wash and weathered it with oils, chalks, and the airbrush.

 

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Conclusion

 

Once complete, Grand Phoenix's 1/48 scale F3H-2 Demon is a model you can be proud of. This is a kit I have waited many, many years to have on my shelf and now I have one.

Now that Eagle Strike have produced several new decal sheets for the Demon I am tempted to tackle another one, this time with the short beaver tail and Martin Baker ejection seat.

I hope you enjoy it.
 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Gary Allen
Page Created 21 February, 2005
Last Updated 21 February, 2005

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