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F-80C USAF Korean War-Sword 1/72eme


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Hello Kits Lovers! 

 

Here is the second Shooting Star I built to complement my USAF saga: The F-80C from Sword. Not a bad kit, overall accurate when compared to the Squadron Signal drawings. I just improved the wheel wells, cockpit details which are a little bit scarce  and put the gun camera pods in each wing as showed in the photos of the real bird (ref. Osprey Frontline color 5). 

NMF was done using different shades of ALCALD II, markings show a F-80C from the 36th FBS and come from the XTRA decal sheet 72120. I painted in red the air intakes and add each tooth of the sharkmouth, for a better result. The only caveat is the blue color of the national insignia, not dark enough to my opinion...

Here are the photos: 

The  real bird:

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Mine:

 

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And to compare with the Airfix kit which was Bare Metal foiled:

 

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... FT-748 is more realistic to my opinion...

 

And to finish a little diorama: I spent a lot of time (much much more time than on the aircraft!) to modify a Heller CCKW-353 GMC truck into a M-27 Bomb carrier. Based on pictures, I scratch built with some difficulties the rear part of that truck, not being a car/truck/armor modeler. Respecting the overall aspect and dimensions of the M-27 was quite challenging, given the few documents I found on Internet...the little guys are uglily painted, not being  specialist!

 

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That it for this post! Hope you will enjoy it! 

 

 

 

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