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Revell F-8E Crusader 1-48

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  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Revell F-8E Crusader 1-48
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, December 02, 2017 9:08 PM

Here is one of my latest completed builds, the F-8E Crusader.  I don't know if this kit began life as a Monogram release or if it was always a Revell release, but it has a lot of the fit and flash features of an aging kit that is nearing the end of its mold's useful life.

Here is the kit.

I built the ride of Lt. Commander Tim Hubbard, of the VF-211 "Checkmates" squadron. This squadron was the highest scoring F-8 squadron of the Vietnam War.  I liked the relatively simple markings that still had a good flash of color.  Completed with a variety of Model Master enamels and Tamiya colors.  The exterior paint job is decanted Tamiya spray can paint - insignia white for the underside and light gray for the upper surfaces. Weathering with a Flory dark dirt wash, Tamiya weathering compounds and ground pastels.

The kit has some fit issues but I have actually seen far worse.  I did a lot of dry fitting prior to actual construction, and then took my time getting the long fuselage halves mated.  The wing slides into the upper half of the fuselage - on a real Crusader, the wing is also serves as an airbrake (I think) but Revell (Monogram?) did not include that option in its kit.  I chose not to attempt to scratch that detail.

All in all I think I did a decent job on this one.  The Crusader would not make any list I would compile of favorite aircraft.  I think it's a fairly ugly bird, probably the reason I'd never before built one.  It should look good on my jet display shelf, though.

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, December 02, 2017 9:25 PM
You really did the old kit justice. Looks great

 

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    December, 2015
  • From: providence ,r.i.
Posted by templar1099 on Sunday, December 03, 2017 5:22 AM

Thought I was having deja vu,another beauty.

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    December, 2017
Posted by Returner43 on Sunday, December 03, 2017 8:18 PM

Amazing job with that kit. The F-8 is on my list of planes I want to build and that looks amazing. What's your opinion of current Monogram or Revell kits? Since I got back into modeling I have mainly bought Tamiya, Academy Hasegawa, Dragon and other brands but haven't touched the previous two since I was a teen. 

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    February, 2011
Posted by knox on Sunday, December 03, 2017 9:55 PM

Very nice!

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, December 03, 2017 10:47 PM

Nice work, Stephen.  The wing was raised to increase its incidence for landing without a high nose attitude like the F7U had.  It wasn't used as an air brake.

John

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    January, 2006
  • From: Pineapple Country, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Wirraway on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 4:55 AM
Just as good as the scooter ! Nice work all 'round.

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    May, 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 7:12 AM

Bravo! great work!

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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:10 AM

Fantastic work!  Just excellent!

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Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:30 AM

Nice looking workhorse!  Do you know what the markings on the ventral fins represent?

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    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:46 AM

Nice job! Yes the molds were originally by Monogram and date back 35 years or so give or take a few. The Crusader was quite a fighter. The “last of the gunfighters”.

keavdog, the ventral fin markings are the squadron scoreboard for Mig kills. 

 

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  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:17 AM

Stikpusher and keavdog, I actually did not know that about the markings. The limited research I did indicated this was the highest scoring squadron flying Crusaders in Vietnam. That is good to know that the markings represent that.

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