Parking here for now. Took some pics but won't be posting things until this weekend. As you can see the subject line, I am doing something a bit different and to my knowledge no one else has. This started out as a discounted Fisher F9F-8. I managed to find it on eBay from someone that I guess got in over their head some years ago so it is a first release. Paul has changed resins a couple of times over the years, and this early version is not one of my favorites. The stuff he has now is really nice albeit it more expensive for him.
Anyway, this all started when I was watching a video of the Blue Angles a year after they all came back from Korea and received their F9F-8's. I know what you are thinking. They had F9F-8's in 1954 and continued through the 1956 season. In 1957 they went to the F-11F. The only "B" version was the TF-9J or F9F-8T. Well, that is correct, but they did add a F9F-8B in 1955 and one in 1956. Here is the video if you would like to watch.
You can see a couple of minutes into it that #2 at that time was indeed a F9F-8B. In 1955, I believe it was #5. For those that don't know much about Cougars, the B has the slats added into the intakes on the sides and a few internal changes. They also switched some paint colors and primers. The Detail in Scale book is wonderful for anyone who has interest in building a Cougar.