Saturday, July 22, 2017

Aircraft walkaround vol.83: Dassault Étandart IVM

Subject: Dassault Étandart IVM
Location: Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum, New York, USA, 2015; Musée d'lair et de l'espace, Le Bourget, Paris, 2015.
Comments: The Dassault Étendard IV was a subsonic carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft, which entered service with the French Navy in 1962. It served as the basis for the more advanced Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard. During the 1970s, it had been intended to replace the Étendard IV with a navalised version of the SEPECAT Jaguar, designated as the Jaguar M. However, development of the Jaguar M was cancelled and shortly after replaced by the Super Étendard. The Étendard IV was progressively withdrawn during the 1980s and finally retired from service with its sole operator in 1991.The Étendard IVM was a single-seat Maritime strike fighter aircraft operated by the French Navy.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Aircraft walkaround vol.82: McDonnell F3H-2 Demon

Subject: McDonnell F3H-2 Demon (F3H-2 N and F3H-2M)
Location: F3H-2N 133566 at Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, New York, 2015; F3H-2M 137078 at National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida,2017.
Comments: The McDonnell F3H Demon was a subsonic swept-wing United States Navy carrier-based jet fighter aircraft. The successor to the F2H Banshee, the Demon was redesigned with the J71 engine after severe problems with the Westinghouse J40 engine that was part of the original design but ultimately abandoned. Though it lacked sufficient power for supersonic performance, it complemented daylight dogfighters such as the Vought F8U Crusader and Grumman F11F Tiger as an all-weather, missile-armed interceptor until 1964. It was withdrawn before it could serve in Vietnam when both it and the Crusader were replaced on Forrestal-class and similar supercarriers by the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. McDonnell's Phantom, which was equally capable against ground, fighter and bomber targets, bears a strong family resemblance, as it was conceived as an advanced development of the Demon. The supersonic United States Air Force F-101 Voodoo was similar in layout, but was derived from the earlier XF-88 Voodoo, which also influenced the Demon's layout. The F3H-2N was an all-weather fighter powered by 9,500 lbf (42 kN) (14,250 lbf (63.4 kN) Allison J71-A-2 engine and equipped to carry AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles of witch 239 were built.It was redesignated F-3C in 1962. The F3H-2M was a derivative of F3H-2N armed with four AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles.  Eighty were built and redesignated MF-3B in 1962.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kit review vol.34: North American XB-70A Valkyrie

North American XB-70A Valkyrie
US$90,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
This is AMT's old XB-70A Valkyrie re-released by Italeri. There are no improvements on the original molds. However, i think that Italeri's plastic is much better then AMT's soft one. Also, the decals are a major leap forward when compared to the original release. The panel lines are mostly raised, and are nicely done. However, i enjoy recessed details. If you have never re-scribed a kit, this one might be a good option for your first job because of the large flat panels of the airframe. Also, get ready for some serious shelf space. XB-70 is a huge plane, even in 1/72 scale. I was planing on getting the recent release of the Valkyrie in 1/48 scale. The price tag changed my mind. Now i am glad i gave up on that idea. Storing it at my home would be a huge challenge. Finally, one interesting thing about the Valkyrie is the huge amount of literature and pictures available. I listed, at the end of this article, two books i got with several interesting information about the plane and many colorful pictures. The XB-70 must have looked awesome and almost impossible to resist the temptation to take several photographs of it!