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1/48 - Lockheed U-2A/C & D Dragon Lady by AFV-Club - U-2A, U-2C & U-2D released


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Scale confirmed: 1/48th :clap2:

 

Seen in the AFV-Club Facebook. Definitely a Lockheed U-2 or TR-1 outrigger wheel 3D render.

Considering it's AFV-Club - a Taiwanese company - , I’ll bet it will be the U-2C most commonly used by the RoCAF Black Cat Sqn (link). Cross my fingers for a new tool 1/48th Dragon Lady kit... But I fear she'll be in 1/144th scale. 

To be followed.

Source:  https://www.facebook.com/AFVCLUB.TW/photos/a.1888884937823683/1894502393928604/?type=3&theater

 

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IMO it doesn't fit the rather round shape of the U-2 fuselage dorsal spin. In design for a future AFC-Club F-104 Starfighter?  link

 

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I'm no authority on the U-2 (or anything for that matter), but I believe that the canopy used on U-2's is all part of the access step contraption. So it is suspended over the cockpit and does not make any physical contact with the aircraft. So pretty sure that sun shade is not intended for a Dragon Lady model.

 

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and a link to a photo of a two seat version (just be aware that this image I found is in a gallery that contains some glamour shots. I couldn't link direct to the image but there's nothing too racy in there).

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The earlier U-2C/CT used a similar single/double "howdah" arrangement extending from the steps platform. 

 

That, adapted for the Dragon Lady, and some David Clark besuited pilots, would be a treat. 

 

Glad to hear AFV may be doing a big Starfighter after all, and a Dragon Lady in either 1/48 or 1/32 would be super. 

 

Tony 

 

 

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1/48th detail level? Wishful thinking as details of the camera rack are definitely oversized (see pic)

Source: https://www.facebook.com/AFVCLUB.TW/photos/ms.c.eJwztLC0MDA0NDM0MDIxMTax1DOECJibGJuam5uZWQIAccIGvg~-~-.bps.a.1888884937823683/1898011610244349/?type=3&source=48

 

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The real camera rack

Source: https://www.denverpost.com/2012/10/13/mythology-of-cuban-missile-crisis-endures-50-years-later/

 

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 Ok from looking at the brakes on the wheels & the bulge on the centerline of the gear doors I’m convinced this is a U-2C I’m hoping in 1/72 or dare I say 144th , whatever scale you can get more mileage out of an early 50’s U-2 kit then the later U-2R-U-2S Dragon Lady,

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Test build will be on display at the "All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2018" - ref. AR48112 - Lockheed U-2A Dragon Lady.

:clap2::yahoo::clap2::yahoo:😍

Source:  https://www.facebook.com/AFVCLUB.TW/posts/1923092761069567?__xts__[0]=68.ARDOfvE1YwdtS_m6TX4Gc0Nxsc97UIo4BSEVQ-wcY4U7JWOlrm_WpxR8lFSp4qC7KYOmrIYBsD-km81bleF8QBn2VGR4qBqEqWPUVPvjuekurLNhfeJvPfQc3QJWymB7WJcc2aYrxD3I_oQl-cmv0P4O5xLA5YYzcYpyxUBH1d1bW89LNhcLkg&__tn__=-R

 

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