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Readers’ Gallery: Rusty Keeler’s F9F-2 Panther

Rusty Keeler submitted these photos of his great looking 1/72 scale Hasegawa F9F-2 Panther, and has a nice story behind why he built it.

And it’s a great way to kick off a new feature that some forum members suggested, a Readers’ Gallery.

If you’d like to join fellow modelers who have a great time not only talking models, but also fellowshipping and praising the Lord, please consider joining the forums. And if you’ve built a model recently and would like to share photos of it with your fellow hobbyists, please contact me and let me know. Whether it’s just a few photos or a full build report, I’d love to hear from you.
Jon Bius, Editor/Publisher

I built this for a gentleman I met in 2002 at the “Gathering of Corsairs” in Indy and became friends with. He served in both WWII and Korea flying Corsairs but between the wars he was in a reserve squadron that transitioned from F6F’s to the Panther. He had a few hours in the seat of F9F’s before war broke out in Korea and was returned to Corsairs. An interesting note is that his F9F squadron was stationed aboard the same carrier.

Back in 2002 I built him a pair of Corsairs and I wanted to do a Panther for him as well. A funny story I heard from his wife is that when his kids were growing up one of the boys was doing a report on flying. When mom said he should talk to dad about flying the son said, “Dad flew the “old” prop planes. I want to do my report on jets.” So this is in honor of good old dad, in his moment of glory, flying the jets.

This is the Hasegawa 1:72 scale F9F-2 Panther. The decals are the kit decals but are correct for when it was stationed on the Bon Homm Richard in 1950-51.

And if you’re wondering where Rusty got that great looking deck the Panther is sitting on, you might want to check out his website, Flattops & More Hobbies!