Monogram F-80C Shooting Star “Salty Dog”
I thought I had posted these pics before but it seems that I haven’t. With that in mind, Tom Cleaver’s generous compliments in the “Monograms at the airport” thread” moved me to show the few pics that I do have of this model. The wind was really gusting that day and I had to curtail the session early. So, I only have a handful of decent shots. I was glad that I didn’t knock-off either drop tank. I have disengaged them a couple times just moving the model around the display cabinet!
In the very first issue of FSM magazine that I ever bought (Jan. ’89), there was an article by the great Bob Steinbrun on converting this old kit into one of the P-80s that were sent to Europe in the waning days of World War Two. Bob did an incredible job and it sort of inspired me several years later when I built this Korean War-era bird. So, here’s the “Salty Dog” at the Cameron Airport.
8 additional images. Click to enlarge.