EDUARD’S LIMITED EDITION CRUSADER

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Jack Homewood completes Eduard’s aftermarket-equipped 1/48 boxing of Hasegawa's F-8E Crusader.

EDUARD’S LIMITED EDITION CRUSADER

Vought’s F-8 Crusader needs little introduction when it comes to statements of Cold War naval air power. First flying in 1955 in response to a US Navy requirement for a fighter to replace the F7U Cutlass, the Crusader began equipping frontline naval squadrons just two years later.

Armed with four internal Colt Mk.12 20mm cannon and able to carry AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the fuselage, the type was a potent adversary. Owing to this, its pilots would claim the best kill ratio of any American aircraft of the Vietnam war: 19 for 3 (by comparison, the F-4 Phantom had a ratio of 5 for 2). So formidable was the Crusader in air-to-air combat that, in May 1967, one MiG pilot preferred to eject before a shot could be fired! Being the last American fighter at that time to be primarily armed with guns, it was affectionately named ‘The Last of the Gunfighters’.

Crusader  
By: Eduard
Stock Code: ED11110
Scale: 1/48
Price: £49.99
Available from: Eduard stockists

EDUARD’S LIMITED EDITION CRUSADER

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