XF8U-3 Super Crusader
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The XF8U-3 first flew in June 2nd 1958.
The Super Crusader had very few interchangeable parts with the standard
Crusader. It was larger, heavier, had a different engine, was faster,
more manoeuvrable, and so on.
Its speed was recorded at Mach 2.39. The Suer Crusader was capable of
sustained cruising at Mach 2.2 at 68,000 feet! Many felt that Mach 3 was
possible for this plane. It was the only plane of its time capable of
This beautiful plane fell victim of politics and the philosophy of
2-engine 2 seater fighters for the navy.
This plane was faster than the Phantom, could turn better, could go
farther on its internal fuel than the Phantom could with a 600 gallon
external tank and it was 25% cheaper than the Phantom.
This kit again originates from my favorite Russian maker who has
created some of the best Collect-Aire kits.
Collect-Aire's 1/48 scale XF8U-3 Super Corsair is molded in the United
States and is of very high quality. My sample had very few pinholes and
the resin was essentially free of warpage.
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The construction is pretty
easy and similar to the regular Crusader.
No problems were encountered during construction. The model went
together better than its Monogram counterpart.
I decided to pose the wing in the raised position so I used a resin copy
I made from the KMC detail kit. One difference is that the regular
Crusader has one support/jack for lifting and lowering the wing while
the Super Crusader has two.
The slats and flaps work in a similar fashion between the two variants.
The Super Crusader prototype was painted with aluminum paint overall
except the engine area in the back and the Day-Glo orange areas.
I used Testors Day-Glo Orange over very light color gray prepped
For the painted aluminum areas I used X-tracolor silver; and for the
natural metal areas I used different shades of Testors Metalizer.
I bought a second Super Crusader to build as the shorter nosed
version with NASA insignia.
Very highly recommended, especially to those that love the Crusader.
If you have already built a Monogram Crusader you will love to
put this one next to it.
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