by Ron Cline
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This is my hypothetical take on a Blue Angels
It is actually not too far from reality, as
the Blue's did consider the F-8 as a replacement for the F-11F
Tiger before going with the F-4 Phantom II. The F-8 wasn't chosen
due to none being available (all were committed to use in
Vietnam), and the fact that it was already out of production. But
I think you'll agree that the F-8 would have been a great aircraft
for them to use.
I used the old Monogram 1/48 F-8E kit. I thought that this would
be a quick, slam-dunk build since I was going to build it in
flight and I wouldn't have to mess with the cockpit or landing
gear. WRONG! It took a HUGE amount of filling and sanding (my
least favorite part of modeling!) to get it somewhat smooth, the
toughest part being the gear doors.
The only cockpit modification was using a
spare MB Mk5 ejection seat to replace the incorrect kit seat; and
I deflected the ailerons and stabilators to go with the display
angle of the finished kit.
The decals are from Yellowhammer models.
They're meant for the F-4 Phantom, but they fit the F-8 almost as
if they were meant for it.
overall blue color was mixed according to the 'formula' in the
Yellowhammer directions, with the yellow on the tips of all the
flying surfaces and the 'swoosh' around the canopy being in Model
Master RAF Trainer Yellow.
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