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  1. Second you say? Well yes as I built a Monogram one for the Bomber/Ground Attack GB last year which was a thoroughly enjoyable build and GB with one exception, the old Monogram decals I had for a VMF(AW)235 machine with the red bands and stars just would not conform to the kit so I had to go with my second choice of VMF(AW) 232 (Red Devils) as there were no decals available for 235. So as you can imagine as soon as it was announced that Hobby 2000 were going to release a boxing of the Hasegawa F-8E with USMC markings that included an option from 235 I wasted no time in ordering one which arrived in due course; Got to love that scheme! Just to prove that I somehow resisted the temptation to get stuck in straight away here are the contents all still sealed in the original plastic bags; And a closer look at the option I will be building; And some aftermarket extras for her; I may yet get a bit more aftermarket as one of the arming options I am looking at involves a TER under each wing with 4 Mk.82 Snakeye's on it and I'm not sure if I have any of these in my spares or in other kits, another option is to just have an LAU-3 rocket pod under each wing with the aerodynamic cap fitted, either way we can't have the A-7's taking all the mud moving glory can we? Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦
  2. "When you're out of F-8's then you're out of fighters" goes the saying, and with good reason, but the Chance Vought F-8 Crusader was no one trick pony she was also more than capable of turning her hand to close air support and flak suppression using bombs, rockets and the 4 onboard Colt 20mm cannon and was used in these roles by both the US Navy and US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. To me some of the most iconic pictures of that war are of bomb laden Crusaders of the USMC at Da Nang in what can best be described as a very "used" condition, very heavily weathered and covered in grime and smoke from the cannons and rockets, lovely! Now I know that there is a very nice modern tooling of the F-8 by Hasegawa but I don't have one of those and they aren't easy (or cheap) to come by but what I do have in the stash is a Revell re-boxing of the old but still good and accurate Monogram kit. Like most Monogram kits of it's era it comes with a quite nicely detailed cockpit and landing gear and fine but raised panel lines, and no I will not be rescribing them as life is far too short and they don't bother me, in fact they can be very helpful with the weathering. So lets start with the usual box top picture; Quite nice box art and a nice scheme on the F-8 on it, an aircraft that was unfortunately lost on a mission over North Vietnam to the dreaded flak. But thats not what I am after this time as I want a Marine machine. Unfortunately this boxing doesn't come with a USMC option but has a rather nice decal sheet with the US Navy option on the box and an Aeronavale machine; The stencils will come in handy this time and I can always use the markings on future Crusader builds should I be able to source them without needing to re-mortgage the house. There were a few Marine Crusader units involved in Vietnam starting with VMF(AW)-312 (despite what Wikipedia say as according to them they stayed State side) who were the first shore based unit and they are one of the units that I have markings for including these on a Microscale sheet; Both very nice options and thanks to my mate Keith (cheers mate) I have these from an original Monogram boxing that did have a USMC option; They are quite old (like Keith) but have been well looked after and appear in very good condition (unlike Keith) and would allow me to build an aircraft from the unit featured in most of the images of Marine F-8's shore based in Vietnam which is VMF(AW)-235 with their star spangled unit markings such as can be seen in the picture below; Lovely!!! A lot of the pictures of Crusaders used in CAS show them carrying twin Zuni rockets on each of the stations on the fuselage mounted missile rails but the machine above only has an empty AIM-9 rail on the lower station, I don't think I have any Zuni's so might go with this option if I can't find/make some. As for the wing mounted stores I could go with a similar option to that shown above with a MER but with only 4 bombs on each one or I could fit a Mk.84 2000lb bomb onto the pylon, until the advent of the A-6 the F-8 was the only USMC aircraft in theatre that could carry this weapon. I have a few references on the F-8 including these; And the kit parts themselves; The kit seat has been built up as have the main wings as seen below; As can be seen a little filler was used when I put these together some years ago but nothing major. I shall now get stuck in to getting the cockpit done with some paint and dry brushing. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
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