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F11F-1 Tiger, 1/72 Hasegawa

An aircraft like so many of the 1950's suffered from inadequate powerplant, the J65. Serving with fleet squadrons for about two years, it was more successful with the Blue Angels, where it served for ten years. J-79's were installed in two Tigers which increased the aircrafts performance, but the design of the aircraft was being surpassed by newer types. Grumman had been providing the Navy aircraft consistently since before WW 2. what a change in technology there was before it supplied another.

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15 responses

  1. Nice build Robert. 40 years ago, when I used to work at Curtiss Wright, I had to tear down a couple of J-65's for overhaul. No idea which aircraft were using them back then, maybe the A-4's. Our main focus was the J-57's for the B-52's.

  2. Nicely done, Robert. Love all the Grumman 'Cats!

  3. Excellent build, Robert!

  4. Very nice looking Tiger & Tomcat !’

  5. Superb result on this Tiger, Robert @roofrat

  6. Nice clean job Rob, I like the comparison with the Tomcat .

  7. Good looking kitties Robert, nicely done.

  8. Beautifully done, Robert!

  9. Well done, Robert. Nice and clean. Looks great with it's generational cousin.

  10. Great work, Robert!

  11. Nice looking tiger, Robert

  12. Nice Work Robert and a great recognition of a plane not well known but elegant and small.
    I hope you don’t mind me adding 2 photos of a Tiger taken in Ridgecrest California. This in tribute to your build.

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  13. Thanks everyone. Bernard, I think that's one of two Tigers that J-79 engines were installed.

  14. Nice build! The Tiger sure was a "plane Jane" looking aircraft, was it not? If you were going to draw a quick sketch to describe to someone who had never seen an airplane, it would probably end up looking like the F11!

  15. That is nice Robert! Great looking model Tiger. I'm still holding our for a new kit F-11 kit in 1/48...😉
    And thanks for the comparison pic with the Tomcat! I love those kind of photos. 🤩

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