Nato goes to the Crusades......

Started by Bungle, November 17, 2009, 05:16:50 AM

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I'm not sure how it happens but every now and then your collection seems to gather rather a lot of the same aircraft. Are they all bargains you can't refuse or some sub conscious 'buy me' plan set up by the HaseTamiItaliRevFix Corporation ? Anyway in a recent stock count I found an over abundance of Harriers, MiG 21s and F-8 Crusaders. Now I'm not a great lover of the Crusader but with five Hasegawa, Italeri, Esci (2) and Revell kits I thought.... What if ...?

So What If the F-8 Crusader became NATO's chosen aircraft of the sixties.... Nothing special about the kits themselves straight out of the box creations but whiffie colour schemes.  I'll post individual pictures later when I have the time but for now.... What If Crusaders in service with the Italian Navy, Norwegian Air force, Germany's Marineflieger, The Fleet Air Arm and Danish Airforce.
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Very nice- especially like the German version- anything looks good in those colors.  Thanks for posting.
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Very nice crusaders Bungle, good work! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Quote from: Bungle on November 17, 2009, 05:16:50 AM<...> Now I'm not a great lover of the Crusader <...>

BURN THE HERETIC! Only your fantastic job on those Crusaders and the promise of more pics has saved you from the funeral pyre.  :thumbsup:

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Good choices but you should get a couple more and make an Aussie and a Canadian version.
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Hard to pick a favourite out of that collection.

IIRC Radish once built a danish F-8 using the Monogram 1/48 kit.
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Getting a few comments... I thank you all.

So here's a few individual ones.....

Crusader the One is the Marineflieger.... This the old Revell kit in 1/67th scale complete with a seven foot pilot who must be sitting on a cushion as you'd never get the cockpit closed ! Decals are from the Heller F-86 Sabre and spares box.

First picture is with flash the other without

"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." - Julius Henry Marx (Groucho)


The second offering is for the Royal Norwegian Airforce. Got the idea of the Tiger meet plummage (sorry not Norwegian Blue) from the last image.

Kit is the Esci F-8H, decals from the spares box.... the black 'blob' on the tail is my thumb print
"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." - Julius Henry Marx (Groucho)


Crusader number Three

The Royal Danish airforce... or in this case the Italeri F-8 Crusader (no variant given but strangely all the sprues identical to the Esci F-8H)

Again the decals from the spares box and the inspiration was the F-100 Super Sabre.

"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." - Julius Henry Marx (Groucho)


Go forth said the wife.... so this is the fourth Crusader and another Esci. This time it's the F-8E(FN) and yes it's the same as the F-8H and the Italeri.... nothing more nothing less on the sprues just different decals.

Decals from an old Revell Tornado kit.

Only did two photos of this one due to brain failure and the inability to count.
"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." - Julius Henry Marx (Groucho)


Normally I'd say and finally.... but guess what I've found another Crusader - a two seater conversion in resin plus a Hasegawa donor. Its by a Mexican cottage industry producer Aescala (an F-8U-1T). So could still produce an Australian or Canadian machine (though What if Australia being in NATO is pushing it even for me !).

So the last for now is the Hasegawa F-8E Crusader part of an exchange with Chrisonord minus a canopy. So those who may have noticed, the front canopy does look a bit strange.

Decals are the French made Hawker Sea Hawk decals by ABT Modeles.
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Some very nice crusaders, Bungle - very top notch birds in general.  The two-seater Canuckistanian bird might look quite interesting indeed, looking forward to seeing what you do with it.  The German one is very sharp, as are the FAA and Norwegian ones.  I'll admit, I'm no Crusader fan in general myself per se, but I don't mind them in general.
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Love the Norwegian and RN ones in particular!  :thumbsup:


Well I am a Crusader fan, so I've got to say, those are an excellent collection of machines Bungle - well done!  :thumbsup: :wub:

I think the Crusader is one of the great underrated fighters of the late '50s. It almost never gets mentioned in the same breath as the Mirage/Mig-21/Starfighter/Lightning, probably because it lacked the (largely theoretical) Mach 2 capability of those aircraft, yet it was a perfectly good fighter with more practical capability than many of the others on that list. Sure it had it's problems (no rear view, crappy gun instalation), but what didn't? All that could have been fixed.
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