Hasegawa’s 1/48th A-7E Corsair II, VA-72 Desert Storm
Desert Storm in 1991 was a war that had all the services in transition. Vietnam Era aircraft and Helos participated with the newer generation aircraft, some seeing action for the first time. The Corsair II was one of those that were already being withdrawn from service, VA-72 and VA-46 were the last squadrons to fly the Corsair in combat. Aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), most of the aircraft were already being sent home to transition to the F/A-18, but were recalled to the Kennedy as she sortied from Norfolk NS, for the Persian Gulf in August of 1990. (Just as our reserve squadron was activated in the same month). The Corsair performed brilliantly in its mission, launching two major strikes per day off the Kennedy. Bombing, with CBU’s, Mk-82,83 and 84 bombs, Walleyes, Mavericks and HARM’s. Upon returning home both VA-72 and VA-46 were stood down and decommissioned, the transition to the Hornets went to VA-37 and VA-105 instead, the fortunes of war.
The kit is the excellent Hasegawa offering, wonderful to build, I built the D and E at the same time. Only using Eduard’s Cockpit interior set to enhance an already ok cockpit from the kit. The decals are Superscale, using the kit decals for the stencils and labels. PE are already supplied for the exterior plumbing along each side of the fuselage. I used a standard load of 6 CBU’s and 2 Mk. 83’s 1000lbs bombs along with AIM-9 sidewinders. The scheme of overall Med Blue Grey was used using MM Acrylics and some weathering not to heavy. The bombs have that ablative coating that are applied on all USN bombs to prevent accidental cookoff on the flight deck in case of a fire, Eduards RBF flags and the CBU’s are from the Hasegawa weapons set. Thanks for viewing.
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