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Whirly

North American XF-108 Rapier 1/72

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The North American XF-108 Rapier was a proposed long-range, high-speed interceptor aircraft designed by North American Aviation intended to defend the United States from supersonic Soviet strategic bombers. The aircraft would have cruised at speeds around Mach 3 (3,200 km/h; 2,000 mph) with an unrefueled combat radius over 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km; 1,200 mi), and was equipped with radar and missiles offering engagement ranges up to 100 miles (160 km) against bomber-sized targets.

To limit development costs, the program shared engine development with the North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber program, and used a number of elements of earlier interceptor projects. The program had progressed only as far as the construction of a single wooden mockup when it was cancelled in 1959, due to a shortage of funds and the Soviets' adoption of ballistic missiles as their primary means of nuclear attack. Had it flown, the F-108 would have been the heaviest fighter of its era.

 

This is the Wikipedia abstract, full story here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_XF-108_Rapier

 

I recently completed this build from the Anigrand resin kit: since both incarnations of the mock-up (overall metal or white) were quite bland and uninspiring I chose to depict a fictitious evaluation a/c from Edwards, as imagined by the artist on the front cover of this Airpower Magazine issue:

 

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The build thread can be found here for those interested. As you will read it was truly a collaborative effort with great inputs from BM members, thank you again to all!

So here are the images. Thanks for looking!

 

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how was the kit over all?

 

Hacker

 

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Corrrr...... luvverly! 

 

It looks like the didn't quite get the canopy right, though :(

 

Martin

 

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Wow!! Very nicely finished!!

I have built several of their 1:144 kits so I know how tricky they can be. I have one of these in my stash but in 1:144 scale.

 

Miguel.

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Whoa!  That is one sexy fighter!  A really clean, beautiful job on assembling and painting that lovely thing.  

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This is...awesome! Made out of an Anigrand kit, I mean...

 

Congrats, what a beauty. Very nice scheme you've chosen.

 

B.

 

 

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Absolutely gorgeous! If mine turns out half as good as yours I'll be happy.

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7 hours ago, Whirly said:

 

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It is photos of beautifully finished models like this that inspire others to build a model. Perfection.

 

BM.

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Nice work!

 

And quite the good looking aircraft, just like it's older sister, the XB-70!

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Clicked on as I had never hear of this aircraft before - glad I did. Really lovely build.

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That's brilliant, definitely not the easiest kit to build but what a flawless finish 👏👏👏

 

(I'm definitely nicking your idea for the decals, love it.)

 

Congratulations, it's a beauty.

 

Alan

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Hello, sorry for the long absence, it is a hard period with my daily job and family commitments so I couldn't make up my mind to post a proper reply :sad:

On 9/16/2019 at 2:09 PM, hacker said:

how was the kit over all?

 

Hacker

Hi Hacker,

as you can see from the WIP posts there were some basic issues to address even considering it is nearly a What-If. Overall I would say it is quite buildable with average accuracy considering its low appeal to the market.

On 9/16/2019 at 2:30 PM, RidgeRunner said:

It looks like the didn't quite get the canopy right, though :(

 

Martin

Hi Martin, I guess you are referring to the rear canopy windows being round instead of angular shaped? This detail changed during the mock-up life and the model shows the latest configuration.

 

To @Mig88 @Corsairfoxfouruncle @mdauben @bearmatt @Space Ranger @Blue Monday @Getting Old @RMCS @dnl42 @Neil.C @Vultures1 @Alan P : thank you all for the very generous appreciations, I liked it very much!

I enjoyed building this model for its futuristic appearance and wanted to bring back a little bit of forgotten history from the Cold war years, I'm very glad people liked it.

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Whirly said:

Hi Martin, I guess you are referring to the rear canopy windows being round instead of angular shaped? This detail changed during the mock-up life and the model shows the latest configuration.

No, mate. I was referrring to the front end. The mock up and images show a very angular frame, rather than the model's more rounded appeareance. Nonethless its an awsome build :)

 

Martin

 

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8 hours ago, RidgeRunner said:

No, mate. I was referrring to the front end. The mock up and images show a very angular frame, rather than the model's more rounded appeareance. Nonethless its an awsome build :)

 

Martin

 

Now I see what you mean! Obviously you are right and I admit I really hadn't noticed despite having it in front of me for weeks...

Well, you live and learn. Hope this will come useful for anyone eager to tackle the same subject.

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Absolutely superb job, and on an Anigrand kit no less. Respect!    :)

 

I have this kit in my stash, so I know the raw materials you started with. You can be right proud of this one.

 

Cheers,

Bill

 

PS. How cool would it have been if the XB-70, XF-103, XF-108, XF-109, CF-105, and the TSR.2 had all gone into production - we can all dream.

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9 hours ago, Navy Bird said:

PS. How cool would it have been if the XB-70, XF-103, XF-108, XF-109, CF-105, and the TSR.2 had all gone into production - we can all dream.

and the TSR-2, Bill ;)

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She's turned out a real beaut, Whirly! I'm looking forward to getting round to mine before too long.

 

9 hours ago, Navy Bird said:

PS. How cool would it have been if the XB-70, XF-103, XF-108, XF-109, CF-105, and the TSR.2 had all gone into production - we can all dream.

Wow, four of those are on my "must build" list (and I already own three of them). Couldn't remember the 103 or 109 but a quick google reminded me that they're not to my taste. We may not see them in the sky, but we can always model the dream 🙂

 

Kev

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Absolutely beautiful work Whirley. I've always loved the Rapier. Would have been a beautiful bird.

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