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Tonopah Queen -  Tom's Cat

F8F-2 Racer

available in 1/72 & 1/48 scales

Red Pegasus Decals


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Catalogue Number and Description:

RPD48005 - Tonopah Queen - Tom's Cat

Scale and Price: 1/72 scale   $8
1/48 scale    $13
available online from Red Pegasus Decals
Contents and Media: Each set contains one decal sheet and instructions
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting and different appearance for your F8F-2 Bearcat kit; simple paint job; good instructions; silk-screen production


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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Red Pegasus Decals is based in the U.S. city of Columbus, Ohio and specialises in producing decals for air racing aircraft in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale.

Red Pegasus Decals RPD48010 supplies markings for Walt Ohlrich's Tonopah Queen-Tom's Cat racing aircraft #10, a Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat.

This is another sheet from Red Pegasus Decals that would be an ideal first step into the colourful world of air racing as the donor kit will require little in the way of modification.

The suggested kits are the Hawk/Testors efforts and the later Hobbycraft one. As mentioned above, the modifications required are minimal. Simply remove the arrestor hook, fill the gun ports and you are there. If you want to depict it as appeared later in life, you will need to add a P-51H spinner and an extension to the tail cone.

Finish is overall "dark blue" but it did sport an overall white finish with red and blue trim in 1967 but those marking s are not provided.


The decals themselves are silk screen printed. They are thin and have a moderate amount of carrier film around each subject. They appear to be opaque enough to survive application over a dark blue finish but only actual application will tell.

The decals are accompanied by an A-4 sized sheet that shows two photographs of the machine at different stages of its life, as well as colour and conversion notes to assist you in producing a 1/48 scale version.

The placement guide and the decal sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.

This is a nice sheet that will produce a unique air racing model with the minimum of conversion effort.


Thanks to Red Pegasus Decals for the review sample

Red Pegasus Decals are available online from their website

Review Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 04 October, 2005
Last updated 05 October, 2005

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