Hobbycraft 1/48 Vought F7U-3 “Cutlass”
Here is my 1/48 F7U-3 “Cutlass”, built 15 years ago.
The F7U Cutlass was a United States Navy carrier-based jet fighter and fighter-bomber of the early Cold War era. It was a tailless aircraft for which aerodynamic data from projects of the German Arado and Messerschmitt companies, obtained at the end of World War II through German scientists who worked on the projects, contributed; though Vought designers denied any link to the German research at the time. The F7U was the last aircraft designed by Rex Beisel, who was responsible for the first fighter ever designed specifically for the U.S. Navy, the Curtiss TS-1 of 1922.
Regarded as a radical departure from traditional aircraft design, the Cutlass suffered from numerous technical and handling problems throughout its short service career. The type was responsible for the deaths of four test pilots and 21 other U.S. Navy pilots. Over one quarter of all Cutlasses built were destroyed in accidents.
The Hobbycraft kit is a somehow simple rendition of this beautiful aircraft. Basic shape seems good, with engraved panel lines. Cockpit is basic and somehow generic. Decals look useable, but did not seem opacque enough.
Anyways, it was built simply OOB. Fit was not bad, a little attention paid here and there, and some sanding and (always for me…) puttying. Painted grey over white. Decals behaved themselves but were not opacque enough and translution can be seen at some spots. A little black wash and I was done!
“GUTLESS” the Cutlass might have been, maybe because of its engines (this plane needed THRUST…anyway it’s a long story…), but what an audaciously beautiful shape. Hope you like it.
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