Academy's 1/72 scale
images by Brett Green
scale F-8E Crusader "Marines" is available online from
Having received Academy's new tooled 1/72 scale F-8E Crusader direct
from HobbyLink Japan, I decided to build it straight away (a rare thing
The first choices I made were to display the model in flight and to use
aftermarket decals, Superscale sheet 72-086, which I found out
afterwards would be nearly 30 years old. Wow!
Obviously the decals where not designed for this kit, which led to
its share of extra work for me.
The model as you see it here is pretty much out of the box. All the
weapons (Mk-82 Snakeye and Zuni Rockets) are provided with the kit.
Academy also provide you with suitable AIM-9's if you want to model a
gunfighter rather than a mud mover.
In terms of additional work done to the model here's a list:
Added a pilot figure
Detail added to kit seat.
Made custom decals for the stars on
pilots helmet (yes, they are tiny in 1/72)
Separated the aileron control
Mounted the model on a stand
Drilled out the zuni tubes at front
Opened up the auxiliary engine
The model was painted in Humbrol Enamels and Alclads for metalics.
Weathering was applied extensively using oil paint washes to depict an
aircraft during the Vietnam conflict Random panels across the airframe
where painted in a slightly darker shade to represent differential
fading and replacements due to battle damage and maintenance.
As mentioned above, the decal sheet for the Death Angels was not
designed for this kit (I assume it was for the Hasegawa or Fujumi kit).
As a result the large red decals on the nose and ventral fins did not
fit. To obtain a satisfactory result I decided to paint the red sections
and then use the white stars from the decal sheet individually (after
cutting each one from the decal sheet, whew !). The only stars decal
that was used intact from the sheet was the flash on the tail.
The bomb graffiti was taken from a sheet by Gekko Graphics. They do
several sheets (eg Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc) in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32
To further highlight the weathered look of the model, I lightly
distressed the decals once dry by lightly sanding them (to achieve a
Well I hope you like the result. If you've been wondering about the
Academy F-8E kit, I can strongly recommend it.
This model took Gold at the NSW Scale Model Expo in May 2005
at Koonawarra south of Wollongong. You can see more of Gary's model on
his website, the Scale Spot
The "in flight" images were composed in Photoshop by combining the
model photos and images of the sky taken over northern Arizona in
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Model and Text Copyright ©
2005 by Gary Wickham
Images Copyright ©
2005 by Brett Green
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