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XFJ-2 Fury: F-86E Modified for Carrier Operations

The first three FJ Fury prototypes were essentially F-86E airframes built at NAA's Los Angeles Division and given relatively minor modifications; all later FJ-2 and FJ-3 models bore more visible changes.

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John H. Rood16/09/2019 01:04:17
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XFJ-2 756 off Palos Verdes.crop.jpg

Martin Gay16/09/2019 01:42:20
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Ooooh! Nice!

Easy colour scheme to replicate as well.

John H. Rood16/09/2019 03:59:47
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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

John H. Rood16/09/2019 04:53:39
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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

Andy Meade16/09/2019 09:33:57
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Good choice! I've got Terry Lidstone's old FJ4 - that's why I'm not partaking in the mass build this year. No point having two airframes the same! She just needs a bit of tidying, and will be ready for the event cool I'll be able recreate this old photo of Terry now I have a SeaHawk of my own too.


John H. Rood16/10/2019 00:24:22
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Open Box

Can't deny it -- there is NOTHING quite like a new scale modelling treat arriving in the post. And is this one ever a goodie! Just HAD to give it a quick fondle. Beautiful!!! I know, I know... I'm a happy love-slave! cocktailcocktail

Arrival Fondle


Mark Kettle 116/10/2019 00:36:24
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Nice picture John.

Martin Gay16/10/2019 09:45:31
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You sound happy John.

Glad to see the kit arrived safely.

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