Czech Master Resin's 1/72
by Piotr Dmitruk
Curtiss F9C-2 "Sparrowhawk"
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Curtiss F9C-2 "Sparrowhawk" was parasite fighter
and scout plane carried by the US Navy big rigid airships "Akron" and
The Navy ordered six production F9C-2s in 1931.
After USS "Akron" crash, all were transferred to USS "Macon" based at
NAS Moffett Field in California. Those fighters were often used with its
landing gear replaced by an auxiliary fuel tank. In December 1933
Sparrowhawks did qualify for aircraft carriers landings. During deck
trials on USS "Lexington", prominent deflectors were fitted on the wheel
pants to prevent from catching arresting wires with small aircrafts
When USS "Macon" crashed in February 1935, four "Sparrowhawks"
went down with her. Remaining F9C-2s were assigned to limited utility
roles. The last F9C-2 (No 9056) was put on diplay in the Smitsonian
Institution. It's also the sole survivor of all 158 Curtiss Navy
biplanes built between 1925 and 1935.
This kit needed some work, because of mould
misalignment and several pinholes, very visible on tiny aircraft.
I have added some details in cockpit, made new
windscreen, telescopic sight and panels below the hook, new ventilation
shutters for the engine, exhaust pipes, hook details, pitot head,
venturi tube, wheel overriders, and wing compass.
The original rigging was much thicker than the
antenna strut, and I made it so.
Decals were quite good, but without black pinstrip
near the wing and fuselage strips. I made it with spare decals and black
marker. The decals with rudder strips were totally wrong, and I realized
it after painting and decaling. The only way was to mask it and paint
Thank ou CMR for providing this original and
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2006 by Piotr Dmitruk
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Last Updated 21 February, 2007
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