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Inspired by the build thread elsewhere on this forum by Corsaircorp I dug this old girl out of the loft and decided it was time to try and get it finished. I think this one wins the prize for longest time on my shelf of doom! Bought and started circa 1999 the build stopped due to a combination of lack of skill and rubbish decals. Does anyone else have a SoD resident older than this? Comments on the aforementioned thread lead me to do a search for new decals and success, with these in hand the build could start again and may even get finished! Originally, I had gotten a fair distance with the build before stopping but there was still a lot of filling, sanding and rescribing to be done. I have to point out at this stage that anyone looking for a masterclass in turning this old turkey into an eagle with exacting accuracy may be disappointed. I will be aiming for something that looks like a Cutlass based on the information I can get and the skills at my disposal and, hopefully, learn something along the way. Anyway, on with the build. The main areas of difficulty on the airframe are the rear of the fuselage and the joints of both vertical stabilisers. These and a couple of other spots have had a couple of applications of filler and are coming along nicely. The air intakes are very poor fit so I may go aftermarket or see what I can do first. The nose undercarriage is going to need some work too. The cockpit is in line with its age and not too bad . The seat however is very basic and nothing like the pictures I found online. I couldn’t find any aftermarket replacement for this so thought why not have a go and see if I can build my own? So I did. I used the seat from an Academy F86 as a basis and shortened the seat base before adding a new structure around it and a new headrest. I have some eduard seat belts to add after painting. The result I think looks passably like the Vought manufactured one on ejectionsite.com. Next challenge is paint. The photo looks like a light colour? Possibly grey or green? Can anyone help? I’m assuming the cockpit should be black for this period (1956)? I’ll end it there for tonight but if anyone can offer advice on colours or improvements feel free to shout out. Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
Hello everyone... I present to you my 1/72 Fujimi/Testors F7U-3 Cutlass. This was built for the “In the Navy group build”. It is finished in the Markings of Attack Squadron VA-12 “Ubangi’s” Circa 1955-57. Heres a bit of info on the Ubangi’s. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/VA 12_(U.S._Navy) According to a squadron history I found the Navy deemed the Cutlass not safe so VA-12 made no cruises with them. The only clear photo in these markings is in a more clean state and seen in a stateside airshow. So that is the way I chose to display mine. I took these photo’s yesterday, someone else has pointed out that the tires have bare spots. They have been fixed now and look more like rubber. The dual Lightning bolts on the canopy are painted with homemade masks. They are a little bit off in their symmetry but i think it gives the plane character. Please feel free to ask questions, comment, and or post thoughts. My build link is here. Dennis