Lindberg 1/48 Convair XFY-1 VTO “Pogo”
Trivia question: What post WWII US Navy aircraft had no tail hook or wing walks?
Thanks to Jaime, I finally took this one from the stash and got busy. What was supposed to be a "group" build, sort of went by the wayside, with a couple of the others eventually joining in. Still, it was a good time sharing notes, and observations on the kit, and of the actual aircraft.
According to my references, there were 3 of these planned, but only one ever flew. I chose to do mine like the one at the National Air and Space Museum, in Suitland, Md., because of the variation in colors.
What should (and was) have been a simple kit, took much longer than planned because the more I got into it, the more little changes I made. I had read that it had never made a flight with the canopy closed. While this proved incorrect, I had already opened the cockpit, added instruments, and side consuls, while enlarging the seat and replacing the pilot. Clipping off the tip of the "bottom" tail was another nuance in most photos. Just little things that took time.
Obviously the paint job was simple, but effective. At least good enough to fill a space on my shelf. Apparently this kit was released with different sets of decals. Mine was simple, and without the Convair logo, however I couldn't find reference for quite a few of the "stencils"/warning decals, and so, left them off.
For me it was a fun build, although sometimes wore my patience, and, yes, those big props do counter rotate !
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