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The Ford that chased airplanes for a living.

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  • Member since
    May 2017
  • From: Park City, Utah
The Ford that chased airplanes for a living.
Posted by Frankenpanzer on Saturday, June 22, 2019 5:47 PM

A true "Cold War" warrior. The USAF Ford Mustang LX 5,0 chase car for the U-2 spyplane. 

Scratchbuilt the radio.

Wired the engine.

The real deal.

I finally received confirmation as to what the antenna looked like, so I made one from scrap.

Color is a old Floquil Railroad color, CSX Blue gloss enamel. Interior is three shades of Tamiya gray.

Light bar is from Dave Panek. 

 

 

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, June 22, 2019 5:58 PM

Hello!

A very interesting piece of history and a very nice model representation of it! Congratulations!

How come the inscription on the door is different than on the photo? The scale is 1/24, right?

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 22, 2019 6:04 PM

That’s great! 

IIRC the SAC used a Corvette 427 in A-12 landings.

I know a guy who flies the latest version of the U-2 over a country that is run by a short fat kid.

He’d give a walnut to ride in an SR-71.

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:42 AM

Very nice!

I wonder what the ceiling is on that car :-)

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:24 AM

Very nice.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, June 23, 2019 1:17 PM

Okay !

 Now, a question;Where did you find a Notch-Back FOX Body car ???

  • Member since
    May 2017
  • From: Park City, Utah
Posted by Frankenpanzer on Monday, June 24, 2019 8:16 AM

Revell's Mustang LX kit.

They also have a Mustang LX "Drag Car" version. It too can be built stock. 

Tanker - Builder

Okay !

 Now, a question;Where did you find a Notch-Back FOX Body car ???

 

  • Member since
    May 2017
  • From: Park City, Utah
Posted by Frankenpanzer on Monday, June 24, 2019 8:18 AM

Topped out, 135. Acceleration was the key, it's the 0-100 time that was most needed. 

 

Don Stauffer

Very nice!

I wonder what the ceiling is on that car :-)

 

 

  • Member since
    May 2017
  • From: Park City, Utah
Posted by Frankenpanzer on Monday, June 24, 2019 8:19 AM

Pawel

Hello!

A very interesting piece of history and a very nice model representation of it! Congratulations!

How come the inscription on the door is different than on the photo? The scale is 1/24, right?

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

 

I couldn't find the decals to totally replicate the real car, which is a brilliant restoration I might add. 

  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by LonCray on Monday, June 24, 2019 2:22 PM
Heh, my Army unit went to Patrick AFB a few times in the late 1980's and we set up our trucks next to the U2 runway. Early every morning that sucker would come wheeling out of their hangar with patrol cars on either side (I don't remember what they were - Mustangs or something else) and drove up the runway really slow - then suddenly it was going almost straight up in the air. Landing in the evening was much more conventional - but the patrol cars wheeled in as soon as it was on the ground and escorted it right back to that hangar - which then closed up tight. Great fun to watch, plus the Air Force mess hall let us get their really great food (Steak & lobster! Sandwich bar! Custom omelets!) on our Army meal cards.
  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 1, 2019 8:07 AM

I meant to comment on this build the other day when I saw it and went and got busy with work here at the house and forgot to come back to it.

I'm a BIG 5.0/ Fox body fan and love any build I see of one that does them any kind of justice and THIS does just that. Great work!!!

                   

 

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