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Thread: XFJ-2 Fury: F-86E Modified for Carrier Operations
16/09/2019 04:53:39

FJ-2 NMNA.port fore.jpg

At the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola: An FJ-2 painted in spurious markings to represent XFJ-2 Bu 133755. Note the 4x20mm cannon installation, as contrasted with the F-86 Sabre's 6x.50 calibre.

A small detail, also: the XFJ-2 had the same nose inlet shape as the F-86E/F, whereas the production FJ-2 on view here has a just slightly deeper nose.

The follow-on FJ-3 had a yet deeper nose shape, and the later FJ-4 was a different airplane altogether, only superficially resembling its predecessors.

FJ-2 on display as XFJ-2 at NMNA Pensacola.jpg

FJ-2 NMNA.aft fuselage.jpg

ABOVE: Pax River! Home of the NATC -- and TPS, the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

BELOW: Watch that MiG !!! Note the clean lines of the Sabre/Fury family from aft, and the gaping maw of what looks to be an FJ-4 in the foreground.

FJ-2 NMNA.from aft.jpg

Edited By John H. Rood on 16/09/2019 05:15:04

16/09/2019 03:59:47

xfj-2 133755 Illustration.jpg


XFJ-2 shipboard trials.jpg


Some of my photos are c/o the noted author, researcher, and model builder Tommy Thomason and his excellent TAILSPIN TOPICS blog. Tommy's meticulous eye for detail is just the kind of thing we addicts crave. For example, here he traces the FJ Fury & F-86 Sabre lineage and development.

XFJ-2 133754 Launch.jpg

XFJ-2 133754 AOA.jpg

16/09/2019 01:04:17

XFJ-2 756 off Palos Verdes.crop.jpg

Thread: Steve McLaren's version of the A4 Skyhawk
24/08/2019 02:23:12
Posted by Steve McLaren on 07/08/2016 13:46:39:

I always thought these whiskey bottle tubes would be useful for something! I started to make this exhaust shroud as a template for cutting a bit of 1/16th balsa, but then I thought - why not just use it as it is?



Steve, it's a safe bet that more than a few members of the global Scooter drivers and fixers community will vouch for this unique touch of sparkle to your model's mojo!

Thread: Phil Beard's F-86 Sabre Build Blog
23/08/2019 17:39:20

Excellent. Best wishes on the Sabre adventure.

Thread: JSDAF Blue impulse F-86
23/08/2019 17:22:39


Toshiro, it is good to see that you have a proper furry four-legged inspector for your new F-86 Sabre project. These things matter; accept no substitutes!

23/08/2019 04:46:09
Posted by Toshiro Saruwatari on 14/08/2019 03:04:52:

In 1964, a squadron of JASDF F-86s drew the Olympic symbol over the skies of Tokyo, during the opening ceremony of the Olympic games.

Ohhhhh... the excitement of that epic 1964 Tokyo Olympiade. I was just 9 years young (and I am 64 now), yet I the remember the stunning upset victory by unheralded USA runner Billy Mills in the 10,000 metre race. Mills was a Native American, born in impoverished circumstances, overcoming harsh obstacles en route to a college degree, a commission in the US Marines, and this stunning 1964 victory in Tokyo became a “forever” moment in modern Olympic history.


Best wishes on your Blue Impulse Sabre!

Thread: Drone harassment
07/06/2019 16:27:08

Drones look an awful lot like SKEET, clay pigeons as it were, so why not pay a visit to Grandad's shotgun cabinet, caress Ol' Bessie with your finest gunsmith's care, and then go on out there and give those daffy drones a good hunt!


Thread: B24 Liberator - 1/12th scale PSS
14/11/2018 20:04:22


This I.P.M.S. good guy Jef Verswyvel is a hoot, AND he has no idea yet that a 1/12th scale monster Lib is emerging from the Meade Aircraft Werks!

Edited By J.H. Rood on 14/11/2018 20:05:42

Thread: USA Build: A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk, circa 1956, Southern California
20/09/2018 17:36:42


18 Sept 2018 and back in the fray.

Adding balsa bits here and there toward final-shaping the fuselage.

Thread: 2018 PSSA Mass Build - The Completed Model Thread
08/09/2018 15:10:56

Superb work, guys!  Best wishes on your weekend.

Edited By J.H. Rood on 08/09/2018 15:11:25

Thread: Russian hurricane
31/08/2018 23:22:31

I landed on this page 2 first, saw your Hurricane all in white and thought “Ohhh... he’s doing a Russian winter white “distemper” scheme.

Next I saw your page 1. A two-seat Hurricane, and camo. Fantastic!

Thread: RN Hawker Sea Hurricane IIc
24/08/2018 22:14:22
Posted by Peter Garsden on 23/08/2018 19:09:09: Willie Wonka would say "So much time, so little to reverse that."...

Fun coincidence, as Willy's creator Roald Dahl flew Hurricanes and Gladiators in Greece!

Thread: USA Build: A4D-1 (A-4A) Skyhawk, circa 1956, Southern California
18/05/2018 00:11:58

JUST A TEST: Posting a pic via my flickr account.

This one was back on 6th March 2018.

6 March 2018 Ridiculousness

Thread: Steve McLaren's version of the A4 Skyhawk
17/05/2018 18:51:54

May 2018: Phil Cooke posted some photos the other day, and... hey!

The entire album at a glance:


SWSA Bwlch PSSA Event May 2018


Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 17/05/2018 22:02:26

Thread: An Introduction to the PSSA 2018 Mass Build Project
24/04/2018 13:42:04

Just a screenshot from my phone, an IG post this week by our friends in Ottawa:McGill.jpeg

24/04/2018 13:36:23

This photo recently appeared somewheres online; photographer’s name I do not yet possess but I will add it asap.


14/03/2018 23:02:02
Posted by Andy Meade on 14/03/2018 18:04:00:
Are you putting a wig on then?

star Moments in Time!


Edited By John H. Rood on 14/03/2018 23:02:42

14/03/2018 16:19:44
Posted by Andy Meade on 14/03/2018 14:45:56:

Crikey, who did their CGI - Wallace and Gromit?!

imai thunderbirds tracy island.jpg

I know who I'd call...

Thread: Hurricane Happenings in Boston
14/03/2018 14:31:27

Here's the teaser for that new movie.

Edited By John H. Rood on 14/03/2018 14:32:05

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