1/72, F-89 Scorpion, Revell
October 3, 2013 in Aviation
I found this model in my stash of old models in my parents attic, and was pleasantly surprised. As a straight from the box production, it has real “class.”
Right from the Cold War days of flying shot guns, the Scorpion was designed to shoot down with a barrage of unguided rockets any incoming Russian bombers intruding by way of the North Pole. The broad wing was capped huge tip pods which served a dual purpose with missiles in the front and fuel behind. Known as an excellent flying machine, she set no speed or maneuverability standards. She did however achieve her designed purpose in being a stable weapons platform and well capable of delivering a knock-out punch to Bears and Bisons (Russian bombers). Eventually, a later version was rearmed with Genie nuclear armed missiles . . . which would have been sort of like killing a flea with a sledge hammer!
The model is one of Revell’s best and a dream to build — a real shake and bake kit. The scheme is typical polar high-visibility and the markings are out of box. As I recall, the kit was also grown up to 1/48th scale (or was it shrunk down to 1/72 ?!?) It may be getting hard to find, but it is a goody. I recommend it to all.
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