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RF8U photo crusader?

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Gotta do a Cuban Missile Crisis bird!

Indeed!

 

Back in 2003, Albatross Modelworks of Mexico released a Crusader sheet in quarter scale that featured one of the NAS Key West detached RF-8A's http://www.arcair.com/Rev5/4001-4100/rev4074-Albatros-Decals-48-015/00.shtm

 

Was Eli associated with this firm? If so, then perhaps that increases the likelihood of seeing such a bird on the LS offering...here's hoping!

 

At the risk of contributing to thread creep (sorry Paul), here's a Hollywood inspired seducement:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPI0UGW8_I

 

Rich

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Indeed!

 

Back in 2003, Albatross Modelworks of Mexico released a Crusader sheet in quarter scale that featured one of the NAS Key West detached RF-8A's http://www.arcair.com/Rev5/4001-4100/rev4074-Albatros-Decals-48-015/00.shtm

 

Was Eli associated with this firm? If so, then perhaps that increases the likelihood of seeing such a bird on the LS offering...here's hoping!

 

At the risk of contributing to thread creep (sorry Paul), here's a Hollywood inspired seducement:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPI0UGW8_I

 

Rich

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Guys, i have one question: don't know too much about the recce-crusader ops at that time, but the Albatros decal sheet is showing a so called RF8A, whereas Paul is doing the RF8G version, so at the time of the cuban missile crisis which version of the recce crusader did the job?

In the movie they show "RF8G" versions, with the deepened under fuselage (shark like :hmmm: ), but it's a movie, and often a good look-alike is used, but considering Albatros did it's homework  the A variant didn't have the deeper fuselage, just camera windows in the original fuselage line.

So would it be obvious to be able to do a cuban crisis recce Sader with Paul's version?

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Jack,

 

All RF-8G's were upgraded RF-8A's - same basic airframe. They differed in detail only. The re-manufacturing took place in the late 60's to early 70's.

 

In addition, the tri-service aircraft re-designation changeover took place officially in September 1962, just weeks before the crisis. Previously, the photo-crusader was called the F8U-1P.

 

Paul has indicated the kit will include optional parts to produce a wide range of configurations.

 

The Crusaders seen in the movie looked like hybrid airframes or studio mock-ups (note IR sensor on forward windscreen). Crudesaders?

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RF-8A's were taking the pictures during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. RF-8G's were depicted in the movie (afterburner cooling scoops and ventral fins, etc). RF-8A's went on to fly missions in Vietnam as did the G model. According to Detail and Scale, 53 aircraft were upgraded from RF-8A to RF-8G standard between 1965-1967 and another 20 between 1968-1970.

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Jack,

 

All RF-8G's were upgraded RF-8A's - same basic airframe. They differed in detail only. The re-manufacturing took place in the late 60's to early 70's.

 

In addition, the tri-service aircraft re-designation changeover took place officially in September 1962, just weeks before the crisis. Previously, the photo-crusader was called the F8U-1P.

 

Paul has indicated the kit will include optional parts to produce a wide range of configurations.

 

The Crusaders seen in the movie looked like hybrid airframes or studio mock-ups..."Crudesaders?"

 

Thanks for clarifying guys, i was just wondering why the image on the mentioned decal sheet was different from what a G (with the deeper belly) looks like, that's why the "era" confusion.

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The RF-8s shown in the movie were modified Philippene F-8E or J, so no wonder they have cooling scoops and fuselage fins. The fuselage itself was identical between A and G as already mentioned by allthumbs, no difference in depth or so. The only big external differences were the fins and the afterburner cooling scoops.

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Making good progress, currently building the seamless intake, which is a real challenge as there are camera bays on either side of the nose wheel well and the intake arcs up over this stuff...Yeesh!

 

Making the final master for a canopy too, it has to be polished to a mirror finish before molding, without wrecking the framing lines.Once it all comes back together i will post pics, right now it looks awful!

 

Paul

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