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R. Tex

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Hi guys!

I'll be joining this great GB with a F-8 by hasegawa.

I'll have to convert my F-8EN (french version) to a standart F-8J.

Here is the story of the aircraft from Mr. Wikipedia.....

In September 1952, the United States Navy announced a requirement for a new fighter. It was to have a top speed of Mach 1.2 at 30,000 ft (9,144.0 m) with a climb rate of 25,000 ft/min (127.0 m/s), and a landing speed of no more than 100 mph (160 km/h).[4] Korean War experience had demonstrated that 0.50 inch (12.7 mm) machine guns were no longer sufficient and as the result the new fighter was to carry a 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon. In response, the Vought team led by John Russell Clark, created the V-383. Unusual for a fighter, the aircraft had a high-mounted wing which necessitated the use of a fuselage-mounted short and light landing gear.

The most innovative aspect of the design was the variable-incidence wing which pivoted by 7° out of the fuselage on takeoff and landing (not to be confused with variable-sweep wing). This afforded increased lift due to a greater angle of attack without compromising forward visibility because the fuselage stayed level.[3][4] Simultaneously, the lift was augmented by leading-edge slats drooping by 25° and inboard flaps extending to 30°. The rest of the aircraft took advantage of contemporary aerodynamic innovations with area ruled fuselage, all-moving stabilators, dog-tooth notching at the wing folds for improved yaw stability, and liberal use of titanium in the airframe. Power came from the Pratt & Whitney J57 afterburning turbojet. The armament, as specified by the Navy, consisted primarily of four 20 mm (.79 in) autocannon; the Crusader happened to be the last U.S. fighter designed with guns as its primary weapon.[3] They were supplemented with a retractable tray with 32 unguided Mk 4/Mk 40 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket (Mighty Mouse FFARs), and cheek pylons for two guided AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.[4] Vought also presented a tactical reconnaissance version of the aircraft called the V-382.

Vietnam War

When conflict erupted in the skies over North Vietnam, it was U.S. Navy Crusaders from the USS Hancock that first tangled with Vietnam People's Air Force (North Vietnamese Air Force) MiG-17s, on 3 April 1965.[12] The MiGs claimed the downing of a Crusader, and Lt Pham Ngoc Lan's gun camera revealed that his cannons had set an F-8 ablaze, butLieutenant Commander Spence Thomas had managed to land his damaged Crusader at Da Nang,[13][14] the remaining F-8s returning safely to their carrier. At the time, the Crusader was the best dogfighter the United States had against the nimble North Vietnamese MiGs. The U.S. Navy had evolved its "night fighter" role in the air wing to an all-weather interceptor, the F-4 Phantom II, equipped to engage incoming bombers at long range with missiles such as AIM-7 Sparrow as their sole air-to-air weapons, and maneuverability was not emphasized in their design. Some experts believed that the era of the dogfight was over as air-to-air missiles would knock down adversaries well before they could get close enough to engage in dogfighting. As aerial combat ensued over North Vietnam from 1965 to 1968, it became apparent that the dogfight was not over and the F-8 Crusader and a community trained to prevail in air-to-air combat was a key ingredient to success.

The Crusader also became a "bomb truck" in war, with both ship-based U.S. Navy units and land-based U.S. Marine Corps squadrons attacking communist forces in both North and South Vietnam.[10]

USMC Crusaders flew only in the south, while U.S. Navy Crusaders flew only from the small Essex-class carriers. Marine Crusaders also operated in close air support missions.

 
An F-8E of VMF(AW)-235 at Da Nang, in April 1966 showing the IRST sensor in front of the canopy.

Despite the "last gunfighter" moniker, the F-8s achieved only four victories with their cannon; the remainder were accomplished with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles,[15] partly due to the propensity of the 20 mm (.79 in) Colt Mk 12 cannons' feeding mechanism to jam under G-loading during high-speed dogfighting maneuvers.[16] Between June and July 1966, during 12 engagements over North Vietnam, Crusaders claim four MiG-17s for two losses.[17] The Crusader would claim the best kill ratio of any American type in the Vietnam War, 19:3.[3] Of the 19 aircraft claimed during aerial combat, 16 were MiG-17s and three were MiG-21s.[15] U.S. records only indicate 3 F-8s lost in aerial combat, all to MiG-17 cannon fire in 1966, but the NVAF claimed 11 F-8s were shot down by MiGs.[18][19][20] A total of 170 F-8 Crusaders would be lost to all causes during the war.[21]

 

Now some pictures!!!





Started on the bang seat and canopy






The kit does not provide a turbine, and I think you can see it at the back end of the intake, so I took a burner can from an old 1/72 F-4 and made on....





Decided to add some detail to the bay under the wing.




Time for some painting.





Some filling, sanding and rescribing before priming.

[URL=http://s1210.photobucket.com/user/Gansolino666/media/Hasegawa%20F-8%20Crusader/IMG_3226.jpg.html]





the wing will be positioned up so this gap is of no importance.

Some primer on.










And I found out I needed to do a better job at filling as you can see........


The canopy. Sprayed black for the interior black, then yellow for the fine yellow line, then re masked 





Re primed and started on the preshading.

 






More soon.

Cheers!

 
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what a great WIP thread starting with the history. very well done. Looks like your work is really solid. nice photos and progress.
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Very nice so far.
Loved the idea of using the old cd case as a stand for painting.

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Have never considered an F-8 but what a beautiful start to an beautiful aircraft...on my wishlist now...thanks for sharing the build....

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Thanks for the complements guys!!!

Paul: good eye spotting my aircraft stand....
It works great!!!

 I'm back on the build!!!!

First of all I would like to say, again, MANY thanks to a fellow modeler from another forum, for donating the parts I needed in order to be able to do the version, and airframe I REALLY wanted!!!!!

The parts came all the way from Australia to Portugal!!!!!

OK on to the build.....


Sprayed the metal parts with Extreme Metal, GREAT STUFF!!!! But I forgot to take any pictures.... [frown]
Here's one with the exhaust part all masked.



The withe parts where sprayed with Tamiya XF-2









Then I masked them with some tape and white tack



Gunze 315 (FS16440 Light Gull Gray) sprayed and masks off


















Next the nose, with some Tamiya Nato black


















The firts masks of the frame was take out. this way I can weather and fade the color a little bit. Note that this is NOT the final look on the frame!!!






With the rush I forgot to print the decals instructions and made a royal mess....
I put some decals that my aircraft does not have.....

So the next day (when I noticed it....) I tried to remove them, but it was REALLY hard. The decals solvents did there the job REALLY good and the decals had to be sanded off.



This decals are the ones I need for my build, but they just shattered and became useless, so I had to use tape to make myself a template, and paint them.... 



















































Some color matching with the decals that I'll (hopefully) use






Not really happy with the end result......
I'll try to fix them later.

Until next time, CHEERS!!!!

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Not a job I envy you for. Great effort thought and only a little bit of tidy up and weathering and I'm sure it will come good.
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Wow, you really are putting a lot of effort into this model...I'm sure this is going to look great, Paul.

Excuse me if I missed it, but what paints are you using?

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Very brave masking job and worked out very good. I like the checkers, looks very nice and colorful, well worth the effort!
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some great work. your dedication is sincere to do that checker masking job!
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Thanks for all the complements guys!!!

I'm glad you guys are liking it!!!

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Wow, you really are putting a lot of effort into this model...I'm sure this is going to look great, Paul. Excuse me if I missed it, but what paints are you using? [thumb]


Hi Nigel, thanks!! The paints are mix of several brands...

White Tamiya, red is a home mix of some craft (nature color) acrylic paint with future, and as for the Light gull gray I started with Gunze 315, but ran out of paint in the middle of the paint job, so I mixed my one using Tamiya acrylics...

XF20:1 + XF2:2 = FS16440 



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Here is the next update.

I wasn't really happy with the result on the checker tail so I redid it.....

I manage to respray the tail, it's still not perfect, but much better...

First the paint was a little rough, so I tried to sand it back a bit in order to do some minor touch ups to the paint job.

But unfortunately the red paint stained the withe, and I ended up with red squares and pink ones.....

So I sand it a bit more and resprayed every thing again......











First the withe











Then, the SUPREME fun of masking.....

I found that it was much easier and faster to cut the squares first and then put them on the kit....

2 hours masking for 2 minutes spraying.....



Then the red




And the result......





I still have some minor touch ups to do but this time the paint job came up much better.

That's it, cheers!!!!
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Nice work on the new checkers. I was wondering if you would try to touch up with a brush or respray. The second attempt looks great, and it always feels good going the extra mile to make sure things look nice. excellent work!
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Yeah much better second time around. [thumb]Well done
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Very nice!
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[thumb] My favorite aircraft! Making that checkerboard reminded me of something...

One of my two ready Crusaders with my latest build (also Vought aircraft), which could have entered to this group build..
[043_HobbyBoss_F4U-4_1_72-800]

Looking these great builds really makes me to want to build a Crusader again!
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