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1:48 Monogram F8J Crusader

Here's a that I built several years ago, a F-8E that I converted to a J model, which I have ugraded over time. I added an aftermarket seat, and a flap/droop/underwing bay set by High Flight. I scribed lines on the leading edge droops to at least depict the appearance of the extended droops of the J version. The UHT's (unit horizontal tail) are larger on the J version, but I didn't correct that (yet!). I also extended the main and nose gear struts to correct the stance, and later used parts from a Hasegawa Crusader kit for the 'football' ECM antenna on the tail. I added scrap plastic rod and wire to busy up the gear wells, and scratch-built steps and a boarding ladder. I used SuperScale decals to depict the VF-211 CAG jet from USS Hancock circa 1972. The RBF flags are from Eduard, and the Sidewinders are from Hasegawa's weapons set (which I need to replace with a later variant!). Monogram's Crusader is a great value for the money, with the biggest innaccuracy being the cockpit is a few scale inches too wide, giving the canopy and windscreen a flattened appearance when compared to the actual jet. But with a little extra work, it can be buit into a fine model.

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14 responses

  1. Nice job on "The Last Gunfighter", Drew.

    • Thanks, Craig - the Crusader is probably my favorite jet. I'm working on another Monogram F-8 right now (wich will be another MiG-killer), and have another Hasegawa F-8 I plan on using with the RVHP set to convert to an RF-8A.

  2. Oldie but goldie. Very nice.

  3. Very nice work! I love Monogram planes too. Great job on that one.

  4. You made an old, nice, but not really good kit look wonderful. Great work!

  5. Hi Drew, this crusader looks simple amazing! Beautiful work!

  6. Great build of a classic!

  7. Superved , great job , look sharp

  8. Nice work with the F8. I have the Monogram kit and plan to build it soon. I noticed you raised the wing. What did it entail to scratch build underneath? Thanks.

    • Hi, Steve - thanks for the comments. I didn't have to scratchbuild the under wing detail - I had a resin underwing piece that came with the High Flight detail set. But it wouldn't be too hard to do yourself. It's basically just a curved bulkhead with some braces, cables, and a large silver pipe on the right side.

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