Revell (Monogram 1/48 F-8E) Finished
May 17, 2015 in Aviation
Well after what seems like an eternity I finished up this build of the old Monogram F-8E Crusader. My goal was to build the kit so that it could stand up beside one of the newer Hasegawa kits. It was a challenge!
I added some updated resin parts starting with a True Details cockpit, SAC landing gear which is a must to correct the kit stance, and the old KMC slat and flap parts. I could not locate the resin parts from Cobra Company that would have provided under wing details and really did not want to scratch build them myself. Normally the slats are extended when the wing is up for takeoff or landing, but I found a photo in one of the Ginter books showing the wing lowered with the slats extended.
I liked the resin pit and gear but the slat and flap work could have just as easily been done using removed and cleaned up kit parts.
Paint is Model Master Gull Grey and Flat White, Futured before decals then over sprayed with Polly Scale Semi-Gloss. (I’m down to my last bottle). Decals are nicely done and come in the kit. Panel highlights were done with pencil and pastels, prior to the Future.
Fit was, well, what you would expect with a Monogram kit of this era. The TERs are really bad. I took a lot of work to get the intake smooth. I need to add the prominent rear view mirrors to the canopy when I find some. They are supplied in the kit but are way too thick.
Thanks to my pal Jim Sullivan for photo work. I hope you like her and now on to something else!
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