1:48 Monogram F8J Crusader
Here's a Crusader that I built several years ago, a Monogram 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.