Signifer 1:48 Grumman Goose JRF-5

The Signifer 1:48 Grumman Goose JRF-5 is a multimedia kitset; a combination of molded styrene plastic and resin castings, and it’s beautifully detailed. The resin castings have an exquisite level of detail that is truly stunning.

Once painted the interior is incredibly well detailed. This includes the passenger cabin, as well as the cockpit, and front well (which contains the anchor and winch assemblies).

Key Points to Note when Building the Signifer 1:48 Grumman Goose JRF-5

References of the cockpit are essential to understand the colours required when painting it. There is an awful lot to paint, instrument panels, levers, knobs you name it. Time and patience are the key here.

With multimedia kits there is a lot of grinding and sanding involved to get the parts to fit inside the fuselage, both of the resin parts and the fuselage itself, as there is a lot of test fitting involved before finally gluing every thing in place.

Modelers Tip: When gluing resin and plastic you either have to use cyano acrylic or epoxy resin to glue them to one another.

 Signifer 1:48 Grumman Goose JRF-5I found it best to adhere very closely to the assembly instructions as some parts of the kit will interfere with the fit of others, especially in the interior of the cabin.  I started the kit by following the instructions to the letter, and was very cautious as this kit was a commission and I had no wish to make a glaring errror (Which I have anyway more of this later!). So construction took a while as fear of a mistake slowed me down coupled with the fact that this was the first kit I used oil washes to weather it and the first use of an airbrush!

Researching the Grumman Goose JRF-5

There are a couple of good reviews on this kit on the web, both of which I downloaded and used as reference material for construction issues and paint guides. Both reviewers are masters of their craft and it shows, you can find the reviews at One for the British Fleet Air Arm Grumman Goose the other for the American Grumman Goose JRF-5.

Finishing the Grumman Goose JRF-5

Weathering of these kits is up to the individual, whether you leave it in factory fresh paint or whether you weather it to look well used is entirely up to you. Weathering is never an easy thing to replicate and photo references are essential of the aircraft your wanting to reproduce. In some cases you might have only one or two to go by and from these it may not be evident how badly weathered the aircraft might have been, and to it depends on where the aircraft saw operational service.

For instance aircraft in the Pacific theater, where aircraft maintenance was carried out in the open were heavily weathered. These aircraft were operated from coral atoll’s often with crushed coral as a landing strip, this acted like a fine abrasive and wore away the paint not to mention the effect of harsh sun and tropical rain!

The same issues applied to the desert air force as well. In the Eastern Theater of Operations however servicing was done in hangars and the aircraft were well maintained by ground crew. So the aircraft were not so badly weathered, and not as dirty as the ground crew kept the aircraft clean to a high standard.

As weathering is a personal choice, what looks right to you, factory fresh or well used it’s entirely up to the individual.

Photos of the project can be found in the Grumman Goose Gallery Album

Video: Grumman Goose Landing

Kit Details
Kit:  Grumman Goose JRF-5
Manufacturer:  Signifer
Scale:  1:48
Type:  multi-media: resin & styrene
Paint:  Humbrol paints 180 Glossy sea blue 144 intermediate blue and 34 white
Accessories:  None
Documentation:  Pictorial but a little indistinct as to what goes where at times.
Kit History:  First release circa 1990s-2000s
Aircraft History:  Patrol and reconnaissance anti-submarine aircraft  with the handy ability of being able to land in water or on land.
Kit Assessment
Sprue Quality:  Good for short run technology, little flash evident with very little clean up required.
Kit Detail:  Stunning detail with a complete resin interior and engines
Fit:  Excellent but a lot of dry fitting is necessary because of resin interior
Decals:  Excellent with up to as many as five versions being able to be built. Excellently thin decals without being brittle that settle very well over a gloss surface with only light coating of softening solution.
General Comments:  A stunning multimedia kit with incredible detail that benefits from careful attention to the fit of the various resin parts. Recommended for intermediate and experienced modellers who have some multimedia kit experience.


Avid WW2 aviation enthusiast and modeller. Been making model kits since age nine and I now model mostly ww2 model airplanes. (my wife is an understanding one!)

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