1/48 Hasegawa F-8E MiG-killer
Here’s one of my collection of US Navy MiG-killers, a 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. I finished it in the markings of ‘Nickel 103’, an F-8E from VF-211 off USS Hancock, flown by Cmdr. Hal Marr. He shot down a MiG-17 on 12 June 1966, which was the Crusader’s first kill of the Vietnam War.
I used the Aires cockpit and wheel well sets, and a Seamless S*****s intake – which had as many seems to fill as the kit intake. I also scratchbuilt a boarding ladder and steps, a standby compass and a few other cockpit details. The AIM-9B Sidewinders are from my spares box, and I used Quickboost afterburner scoops and pitot probe, and a few Eduard photoetched pieces. The decals are from an Eduard sheet of F-8 MiG-killers.
All the resin aftermarket parts somehow threw off the fit – I had to do LOTS of filling and sanding on the fuselage seams, and I had to reposition the right main gear to correct the stance. I usually don’t use more than an aftermarket seat or cockpit, but I traded for this kit and it came with all these extra resin accessories, but they wound up causing lots of construction problems. I wouldn’t use them again.
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