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1/48 Hasegawa F-8J Crusader

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This was a pretty tough build for a Hasegawa kit. I opted to build it with the wing down and droops & ailerons up since the whopping majority of photos of parked F-8s show it in that configuration, but it wasn't easy getting rid of all the gaps that presented. Then there was the infamous problem of posing the canopy open. It's clear Hasegawa intended for the wing to be up and the canopy to be down, but I just had to be contrary. To make matter worse, the kit decals shattered when they hit the water. I managed to salvage them by spraying the sheet with Future, but that made them tend to curl up when they came off the backing sheet. In the end I used some of them, but I supplemented heavily from aftermarket AeroMaster (thanks Jeem!) and Furball decals. I also added an Aires resin cockpit & the Wolfpack resin speed brake (which is most excellent, BTW). An Air Master brass pitot tube rounds out the aftermarket stuff.
 
41338034105_54b6bf5857_b.jpgF-8J_1 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
 
41338034955_c9f0f4d821_b.jpgF-8J_2 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338034815_5f30feeb2c_b.jpgF-8J_3 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338034685_52045eec92_b.jpgF-8J_4 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338033985_419cc261a6_b.jpgF-8J_5 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338034645_ced1ff9e4d_b.jpgF-8J_6 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338033865_47685aa9bc_b.jpgF-8J_7 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338034475_21a5b1ed8b_b.jpgF-8J_8 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338033815_3d59515cdf_b.jpgF-8J_9 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338034415_3868ce1e8e_b.jpgF-8J_10 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338033635_89fcbe41fe_b.jpgF-8J_11 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338035235_f356bc09bd_b.jpgF-8J_12 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338035085_442478698d_z.jpgF-8J_13 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr
41338034405_aa4aa2d23d_z.jpgF-8J_14 by Marshall Blythe, on Flickr

 

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That turned out great! I've got a Hasegawa E that I plan to build in the same configuration. Any lessons learned/ things you'd do differently?

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It's a nice build, and it belongs either in Display Case or Critique Corner sub-forum.

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9 hours ago, seawinder said:

It's a nice build, and it belongs either in Display Case or Critique Corner sub-forum.

Doh! Sorry about that. Perhaps a moderator will boot this into the display case forum. 

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10 hours ago, picknpluck said:

That turned out great! I've got a Hasegawa E that I plan to build in the same configuration. Any lessons learned/ things you'd do differently?

 

Thank you. If I built one of these kits again I'd skip the Aires cockpit and just install a nice resin ejection seat in the kit cockpit. The Aires fit was lousy, and you really can't see much it once the kit is assembled. While dry fitting the leading and trailing control surfaces on the wing I noticed that if I posed them in the drooped position there were very few gaps, but when I posed them in the raised position there were lots of tiny gaps that had to be filled. It was worse on the right wing because it was a bit warped. I straightened it by dunking in hot water and bending against the warp, but I still had gaps to deal with.

 

Also, I think I'd skip the "J" and build an "E" next time because there appear to be more decal choices for it including some Mig killers. There were no Mig kills made by the "J" that I could dig up. For either model I highly recommend the Wolfpack resin speed brake. It was easy to install, and it looks great. Most photos of parked F-8s show the speed brake at least partially open due to the hydraulic pressure bleeding off and allowing the brake to fall under its own weight.

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What a clean build! I have the monogram kit for this plane but havent built it due to the dread of scribing it and sanding off the panel lines. Hope it turns out half this nice.😉

 

Chris

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