Academy 1/72 F-8

Has anybody actually seen one of these at a show? Is it new tooling?


Don H.

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Don Harstad
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Hannant's web update has some pictures from Nuremberg hobby show. One of them is of what is supposed to be the actual stealth (up until now??) F-8.

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Too poor a picture to really tell if it is a rip off or new tooling, but at least we seem closer to reality than we were a while back.


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Norm Filer

been waiting 2 sign of it so far

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All new tooling has been confirmed.

Available ex

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from April 2004.


Alan T. Alan's Hobby, Model & RC Links

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They're taking preorders at HLJ. 1710 yen per piece(early bird special). After the /35 Hind & /32 Salamander, this year keeps getting better and better! Cheers! Tvrtko

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Don, I've had test shots of the Academy F-8 for about a month now. It is all new tooling. Complete intake trunking, open speed brake well, separate control surfaces, etc.

It also includes 5.00" Zuni launchers, the Y racks, weapons pylons and bombs. The shots I have also contain the different leading edge slats and horizontal tails for the 'J' and the 'FN'.

Cockpit is OK for 1/72 scale. Panels lines are recessed and very fine. They look good compared to published references.

It is slightly better than the Hasegawa 1/48 F-8 in a couple of areas. I have a scan of the decal sheet if you want to see it. Just email me direct.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 9.9

Dave Roof

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It doesn't 'owe' anything at all to the Hasegawa, Ace, or Heller kits? Not that the latter would be so bad.

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Al Superczynski

Pictures of the sprues here:

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