U-2A, AFV Club
AFV Club is well-known for their excellent armor kits, so I was pleased to find that AFV Club now is making some aircraft kits, too. AFV Club has released kits of the early U-2 series, like the kind flown by Francis Powers, during his shootdown, and capture, over the Soviet Union, back in 1960. The AFV Club kit represents a U-2C, and has the enlarged intakes of that version. I had Cutting Edge decals for the U-2A, the version with the smaller intakes, originally used for the J-57 jet engine. The intakes of the -A model are straighter than the bulged intakes,which were used for increased air flow when the J-75 engine was installed to give the U-2 better performance.
I had an original Hawk U-2A in the stash, so I cannibalized the intakes from the Hawk kit and used them on the AFV Club U-2C, to backdate it to a U-2A. The swap was fairly straight-forward and resulted in what I wanted, a U-2A for the decal sheets that I had. In the event, it appears that AFV Club also released a U-2A, but I never was able to locate one, so I converted what I had.
Alclad "Aluminum" was used, along with some ModelMaster red for the colored areas. The kit was built OOB, except for some scratched details in the cockpit, and some clear 5-minute epoxy nav lights. I used the old Cutting Edge decal sheets for the markings.
AFV Club supplied the "Howdah" sunshade, and a pretty nice suite of cameras for the "Q-Bay". Parts supplied in the kit, but not used were the slipper tanks, upper-fuselage canoe fairing, and, of course, the enlarged intakes.
I sure hope that AFV Club continues to make, and release, more aircraft,
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