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1/48 F-8E Crusader

Robert Bausch’s nice Crusader posted a few days back inspired me to post mine. We did the exact same thing, Esci decals on a Monogram Crusader. I added a lot of stencils too, from an old Microscale F-8 sheet. I remember shortening the main l/g and extending the nose gear to improve the plane’s sit. I also added a KMC resin cockpit to this one that really brought it to life.

Great minds think alike Robert!

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13 responses to 1/48 F-8E Crusader

  1. John,
    Beautiful job on your Monogram F-8, and I agree, very interesting that we did the same thing. What a great airplane, and what a great kit!

  2. Nice looking Crusader John. Duplicate markings just may mean that you and Robert are the same person. After all we’ve never seen you together.. Have we…..hmm.. 😉

  3. Beautiful “Gunfighter”, John….nicely done.

  4. John, this is a beautiful build of my favorite jet. Though the Hasegawa kit is more detailed, your kit proves Monogram kit can be made into a real showpiece. I’ve built two Monogram Crusaders, and have a third on the bench. I used the same VF-162 markings on one of my Hasegawa Crusaders, finished as a Mig-killer flown by VF-162’s commanding officer, CMDR Richard Bellinger.

  5. Really nice jet! That Monogram kit was always a fun kit to build!

  6. The Crusader is certainly an attractive plane to model, and this one’s good.

  7. John,
    Outstanding. I also like the Crusader and enjoy looking at models of this airplane. Yours is beautiful

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