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Diecast Airplanes
1/72 Warplanes
SkyMax United States

Type Fighter/Demo
SkyMax item no. SM1004
Production run Unlimited

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014

Grumman F8F Bearcat, Beetle Bomb, 1949
Right off, and to get the issue out of the way, the wings of the real Bearcat had a 2 or 3 degree dihedral, and the very flat wing on this SkyMax mold detracts quite a bit from the finished product. That said, the rest of the model is just plain excellent. For the scale, SkyMax has included tons of detail, mated with excellent paint and printing, and fantastic manufacturing quality. I especially like the tight fit of the canopy to the fuselage, something even higher-end manufacturers too-often fail to accomplish. Again, the Hobby Master pilot was a perfect fit.

I wasn't going to collect the models from this mold, but fell in love with Beetle Bomb (and not just the Spike Jones version). After getting BB, I decided to loosen up and get the first issue in the series, which was a bit of a challenge, since they have been sold out at most vendors (finally locating a copy at OBs). Now I'm looking forward to the new releases. Good work, as usual, SkyMax.

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