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1/48 Hasegawa, F-8 Crusader COMPLETED!

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1/48 Hasegawa, F-8 Crusader COMPLETED!
Posted by Flight Line Media on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 12:16 PM

Just finished this Hasegawa F-8 Crusader. It was a blast to build, but took me a year since I'm rarely home it seems. I love Vietnam-era aircraft. I used a ridiculous amount of aftermarket on this, from a brass gear set, brass pitot tube, canopy masks, and an interior photoetch set. I also used Eduard's afterburner intake set and exhaust set. I want more Crusaders now after building this one! : ) 

This will be at IPMS starting tomorrow. Hope to see some of you there. 






















Here is the F-8 with my previous build. Amazing they're only three decades apart huh? :) 






Definitely an awesome man! First Crusader pilot to down a MiG-21! 

Thanks for looking!

Andrew

Andrew

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 1:21 PM
Nice clean build,I usually build my modern aircraft clean also.

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 3:13 PM

Yup, it's a beauty - congratulations! But it looks a little strange so squeaky clean.. It's unbelievable how filthy those birds tend to get, especially on the underside where you can't see it that good and nobody wants to crawl under...

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 5:39 PM

That is a beautiful build .

  

Nick.

 

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 5:54 PM

Nice job.   Such a cool plane. 

Thanks,

John

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:08 PM

Looks good, nice clean build. I did one last year and it's lightly weathered. http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/185348.aspx

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    July 2021
Posted by Flight Line Media on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 11:02 PM

Thanks for the constructive feedback everyone! I attempted to base my plane off a similar Crusader that served with my subject. I think some of the Crusaders from the Oriskany early in the Vietnam War were some of the cleanest I could find, according to my reference photos. The USMC ones on the other hand gave weathering a whole new meaning haha.  Believe it or not though, I did use several layers of filters and washes in gradual moderation. It doesn't really show unless zoomed in. 

It's presently on display at table 132 at IPMS in the vendors' area. Come check it out and our business too. Say you saw this from FSM and we will give you a free raffle ticket for our drawing. : )

Andrew

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 1:25 PM

That is a great looking F-8. I also prefer a clean airplane, within reason. I keep hoping someone will kit an RF-8 in 1/48th scale. An RF-8 set a speed record from CA to NY back in the early days of jets. The pilot was a Marine named John Glenn, and a Thompson Trophy went with the record, as did an appearance on the "$64,000 Question" TV game show back at that time. He won, getting much national acclaim, and the rest is as they say history. If I recall the F-8 was referred to as the last gunfighter.

Again, that is a great looking model.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 3:17 PM

Flight Line Media
The USMC ones on the other hand gave weathering a whole new meaning haha. 

That's what I've seen too, esp. the F-8Es on land.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:32 AM

Very nice!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 6:48 PM

Looks great in person. Glad you brought it out. These are just excellent planes to build and have so much character. How is the kit to assemble?

In the pattern: Lindberg's 1/48 Snark and Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! Started my Prince of Wales for the Ships of the British Flag GB...oh and I bought another P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo!

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    July 2021
Posted by Flight Line Media on Sunday, September 5, 2021 2:10 PM

Thank you rangerj, Bill, rocketman, and Mongoose. I look forward to giving the Tamiya F-4 a go! I hope they release an F-8 someday! I almost bought another Hasegawa one at IPMS. I'm surprised how hard they are to come by now and how much they go for on eBay, if you can even find one.

@Mongoose, the kit was harder than I thought. It took significant work to build it with flaps and slats retracted. Even though it's an option the kit gives builders, be ready for a lot of scribing and sanding. The fuselage was great. Easy, except the panels are weak on the belly of the kit and need rescribing. Some panels are raised on the fuselage. That needs fixed. They were all flush with the jet. Overall, very rewarding, but I'm hoping Kinetic or even Tamiya will come out with a worthy replacement. Even though many make the F-8 in 1/48, the Hasegawa is really the only game in town in my opinion. 

Andrew

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