Vought F6U-1 Pirate model in 1/72 scale by Admiral ( AZ model )
The Chance Vought F6U Pirate was typical one of the earliest jets developed after the second world war, pioneer of the jet age for the US Navy. Development started during the war and the swept wing concet was still unknown. The Pirate prototype used one of the first american jet engines, the Westinghouse J34. It was quite unreliable . For the US Navy, some 30 aircraft were ordered in 1947. The Pirate had one of the earliest ejection seats and special were the vertical fins fitted on the stabilizer.
The first production
F6U-1 had its first flight June 1949, and 20 of the aircraft were provided
to US NAVY VX-3, an operational evaluation squadron based at Naval Air
Station Patuxent River in Maryland USA. Pilots did not like the type with
only marginal performance. It was thus not an aircraft to be produced in
large numbers and quickly better other aircraft types became available,
also fitted with a swept wing for higher speed like the Panther. Only 30
Pirates were produced.
Decals are a bit simple and the stars-and-bars
have not the blue as the basic plane is Gloss Sea Blue.
Inside the intakes a piece of card
was fitted to suggest a duct.
The kit assembly needed quite some
filling with putty but otherwise it is very simple. Some sanding was indeed
The model got a base coat of grey with the airbrush. Correct any flaws with putty as needed.
Some panellines were re-scribed with
a Olfa P-cutter 450. The ailerons' edges were sawed in with the TIGER razorsaw.
The general colour is Fed. Standard FS 25042 Gloss Sea Blue, for which WEM WEMCC ACUS 07 enamel was used. (Alternative paints are also widely available for the Sea Blue).
At the tailareas, metal coats were
hand painted. A green anti-glare panel was airbrushed after masking the
The decals were applied, picking the
NASA scheme to get some extra colour to the model with TEST markings.
A nice kit to have the Pirate in the US NAVY collection.
Chance Vought Pirate, naval fighter series no. 9, Ginter
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