USN F-8E VF-162 'The Hunters' 1/72 Academy

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The F-8 Crusader was one of the first true supersonic carrier-based fighter aircraft to be developed. In 1952, the US Navy was modernizing its carrier fighter force. From all the proposals, the new F-8 Crusader stood out and won the competition, its maiden flight taking place on March 25th 1955. The design of the F-8 was unique in that the pitch of the entire wing could be adjusted in flight (up to +7°) to allow for a proper angle of approach at low speeds. This was necessary for carrier landings. The Crusader had a very impressive combat record with the Navy and Marine Corps in Vietnam, and was nicknamed "the Mig killer" because of its numerous victories over these jets. In fact, the F-8 shot down 14 Mig-17s and 4 Mig-21s during the Vietnam War. The F-8E variant was produced as a multi-role attack fighter with an improved engine, new radar, and underwing pylons to carry up to two AGM-12 Bullpup missiles.

Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.


Product Details:

Scale: 1/72
Skill Level: 2
Length: 9.4”
Height: 2.25”
Parts: 90+
- Painting and assembly required
- 5 sprues
- Molded in grey plastic
- One decal sheet
- Clear parts
- Detailed cockpit and landing gear
- Various weapons include AGM-114 Hellfire and M261 2.75” rocket launcher
- Accurately detailed panel lines and rivets
- Assemble with air brake open or closed

- Includes decals and paint guides for the following versions:

  1. F-8E, US Navy, VF-162, ‘The Hunters’, CDR Burt Sheperd, CAG, BuNo. 149203, USS Oriskany (CVA-34), 1966
  2. F-8E, US Navy, VF-103, ‘Sluggers’, BuNo. 15030, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), 1964

- Illustrated instructions and paint guides

Paint Guide:

Gloss Black
Gloss Red
Gloss Yellow
Flat Black
Burnt Iron
Clear Red
Clear Blue (for option A above only)
Olive Drab
Gloss White
Light Gull Grey
Dark Gull Grey
Zinc Chromate Type 1 FS 34151
Tan (for option A above only)