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Panther Decals

Victory Productions 1/48 F9F-2 Panthers Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2008 Manufacturer Victory Productions
Subject F9F-2 Panthers Scale 1/48
Set Number VPD48008 Pros Markings for eleven F9F-2s
Cons   Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $22.95    

First Look

Victory Productions is back with a new decal set. The last release was set 48007 released approximately three years ago, and it is nice to see them back in the decal business! This set follows the tradition of the previous offerings in that this is a superset of decals. There are markings for eleven (11!) different Panthers here, and while you can render three aircraft with the decals provided, you can do all eleven aircraft if you simply find additional national markings.

Panther Panther Panther

This set is intended for the Trumpeter F9F-2 kit, but since the Hobbycraft F9F-2 and F9F-3 releases are out of the very same molds, you can use either kit (or both) for your Panther parade. This set is comprised with full-color profiles of all of the aircraft, plus a brief summary about each example.

The decal sheets themselves are huge (as usual) and are printed by Cartograf, so color and registration are not an issue here.

The eleven aircraft provided in this set include:

  • F9F-3, 123071, VF-51, S/109, USS Valley Forge, 1950
  • F9F-2B, 127094, VF-112, V/209, USS Philippine Sea, 1950
  • F9F-2B, 123633, VF-191, B/104, USS Princeton, 1950, 'Octane Sniffer'
  • F9F-2, 123494, VF-21, C/115, USS Midway, 1951
  • F9F-2, 127147,VF-837, H/406, USS Antietam, 1952
  • F9F-2, 127173, VF-111, V/115, USS valley Forge, 1952
  • F9F-2, 127116, VF-71, L/115, USS Bon Homme Richard, 1952
  • F9F-2, 123484, VF-72, L/206, USS Bon Homme Richard, 1952
  • F9F-2, 125160, VMF-451, AM/19, MCAS El Toro, 1953
  • F9F-2, 123507, VMF-232, WT/5, MCAS Kaneohe Bay, 1953
  • F9F-2KD, 123071, GMGRU-1, ZZ/34, NAS Barbers Point, 1957

This set will definitely make your Trumpeter or Hobbycraft kit stand out as you now have eleven alternative schemes, including two camouflaged Panthers, to choose from. Definitely recommended!

Victory Productions Decals are available from Victory Productions (www.victorymodels.com).

My sincere thanks to Victory Productions for this review sample!

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