The first jet aircraft to be used successfully operationally from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier was the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom. The aircraft was not really combat ready and was transferred to the naval reserves by 1949, disappearing from service [...]
Taegu AFB South Korea 1952
the little round hole was an access cover so ground crew could get to the electronics below the canopy
pilot is Col. Joe Davis Jr.
58th Bomb Wing
the white canopy frames were not individual windows...the frames w[...]
This is the Kitty Hawk F2H-2 done almost OOB, using kit decals. I added Furball canopy decals, along with a scratched metal pitot. Reading the reviews of this KH kit is not very much fun, because they highlight a lot of problems that this kit ha[...]
Firstly, a confession. This is a re-post of one of my favourite aircraft & like many others
(I think) I was hoping that the new Kitty hawk kit would bring me the satisfaction I have been waiting so many years for. Didn't happen! There have [...]
Completed my Academy 1/72 F2H-3 Banshee. This is the most recent boxing. I built it mostly OOB just adding some wingtip navigation lights and some wire and plastic card to help make the ejection seat look more like a ....ejection seat. The kit h[...]
Yes, folks, this is the Kitty Hawk 1/48 F2H-2 Banshee. I don't think I need to go into the history of the plane as you guys already know far more about it than me, suffice to say that it's a jet fighter bomber designed for the US Navy and Mari[...]
This the Hobbycraft Mcdonnell F-2H-3,in VF-31 livery circa 1953-56, I added a tail bumper and pitot tube and it kit bashed decals. I used MM aluminum plate metalizer rattle can for the paint. In this time period the Navy was experimenting with a[...]
In contrast with the profiles posted in the first part of this article, the later versions of the F2H Banshee offered a rather greater variety of color schemes. These late-production Banshees also looked quite different from the original.
Following the recent release of a new 1/48 F2H-2 Banshee from Kitty Hawk, let's have a look at some of the markings and history of this aircraft.
In late 1944, US Navy ordered three carrier-based jet fighters, the Vought XF6U-1 Pirate, the McDo[...]
For some totally inexplicable reason there is no 1/48 scale I/M kit of the Banshee in this scale (and precious few in any other either). This is my second effort from the 1957 vintage Hawk kit. There are only about 20 parts in the box so there's[...]