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The box art incorrectly shows the Marine Fury with the gray over white scheme. It should ne natural meta.

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JPK, they did use the wrong boxart, but, only because of the rarity of the scheme, not because it is the wrong color.

 

For some reason, they chose to use one of the very few airframes actually painted in Light Gull Gray over White, by one of the few FJ-2 units that had them when the metal scheme was cancelled. (photos exist in print media, see Ginter FJ-2 book, and the squadron history, and timeline of paint specs)

 

Many possible buyers are going to automatically think that the box art is wrong, so think "what else is wrong with the kit?",,,,,that could affect sales.

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3 hours ago, Ben Brown said:

D'oh! I was reading "FJ-2" and thinking "FJ-3," as if they were interchangeable. My caffeine level was still too low. 😄

 

Beautiful models, BTW! Love the blue one.

 

Ben 

Here's hoping that Kittyhawk doesn't think they're interchangable (like Esci did - or thought that a Fury was just a blue Sabre)!

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35 minutes ago, Paul Boyer said:

Here's hoping that Kittyhawk doesn't think they're interchangable (like Esci did - or thought that a Fury was just a blue Sabre)!

 

Yes!

 

Ben

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2 hours ago, Rex said:

JPK, they did use the wrong boxart, but, only because of the rarity of the scheme, not because it is the wrong color.

 

For some reason, they chose to use one of the very few airframes actually painted in Light Gull Gray over White, by one of the few FJ-2 units that had them when the metal scheme was cancelled. (photos exist in print media, see Ginter FJ-2 book, and the squadron history, and timeline of paint specs)

 

Many possible buyers are going to automatically think that the box art is wrong, so think "what else is wrong with the kit?",,,,,that could affect sales.

Rex, I have Ginter's book. I'll take a peek. It's been a while since I looked at it. 

 

Took a look at the photos of VMF-312 as well as the other VMF's in the Ginter book. I don't see a gray over white USMC -2 Fury except for the reserve birds at the end. Doing a Google search I found two photos of gray over white USMC Fury's however they were FJ-3M's. I may be mistaken but by the time the gray over white scheme began the -2's were moving to the reserves. 

 

While I'm not enthused they are releasing the -2 first I certainly will buy one if the reviews are good. If they lifted the lines off of the CA -3 Fury then both kits should be ok. No doubt the decal guys have art work ready to send to the printers and even if the paint scheme on the box is correct or not, the squadron markings are still accurate for a VMF-312 Marine Fury. I can't believe anyone that knows anything about Fury's would not buy the kit because the box art is a little off. Look at the KH Banshee. The box art was incorrect for the version they made, it still sold well regardless of the later issues.  

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Monogram and ESCI...wrong finish..but it looks good in my display case. 

 

Fury-2 three quarter.jpg

FJ-2.jpg

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Okay, I didn't look around enough.

 

The WR-5 scheme on the boxart should be a Metal finished FJ-2, just like the front cover of the FJ-2 book.

 

The unit that operated FJ-2s past the advance letter date, and changeover scheme date was VMF-232, page 28. WT-1 and WT-8 (BuNo 131999) had NS Light Gull Gray over G White schemes before the FS standard came out. WT-17 already has a replacement aileron painted in White on it for that group shot. 

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10 hours ago, Rex said:

Okay, I didn't look around enough.

 

The WR-5 scheme on the boxart should be a Metal finished FJ-2, just like the front cover of the FJ-2 book.

 

The unit that operated FJ-2s past the advance letter date, and changeover scheme date was VMF-232, page 28. WT-1 and WT-8 (BuNo 131999) had NS Light Gull Gray over G White schemes before the FS standard came out. WT-17 already has a replacement aileron painted in White on it for that group shot. 

I was looking specifically at photos of VMF-312 Fury's. In revisiting Ginter's book, yes on page 28 there's a photo of four VMF-232  -2 Fury's in formation with two in the gray/white scheme and two in natural metal. Very subtle but there. It is noted in the photo caption as well. Their -2's were right on the cusp of the change over.

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