F-8E Crusader, USMC VMF(AW)-212 Lancers, WD106, USS Oriskany, Gulf of Tonkin, 1965 (1:72) by Century Wings
Item Number: CW-001624
US Marine Fighter Squadron 212 (VF-212) Hell Hounds was established in 1942 at MCAS Ewa, Hawaii flying the F4F Wildcat. Throughout WWII, the squadron was based at numerous stations across the Pacific and was credited with downing 132.5 aircraft by war's end. The squadron also saw action during the Korean war, at the time nicknamed "Devil Cats" and flying the F4U Corsair. By 1965 their name had changed once again to "Lancers" and they deployed with to the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam with the F-8E Crusader, returning at the end of the year having flown 1,588 sorties totaling 3,018 combat hours.
The Century Wings range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft. Beginning with the ever popular F-14 Tomcat, Century Wings are setting a new standard in 1:72 diecast for detail and accuracy. Each model includes a selection of weapons and removeable pilot figures. Most notable however, are the completed landing gear sub-assemblies that snap quickly into place, elminating the frustration of attaching numerous individual gear doors and struts found on similar diecast models.
Century Wings diecast airplanes feature:
Vought F-8E Crusader
- Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
- Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
- Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
- Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
- Selected moveable control surfaces.
- Optional extended/retracted landing gear.
- Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
- Detailed removable pilot and crew figures.
- Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
Designed to meet a USN requirement for a supersonic air-superiority fighter, the F8 was first flown on March 25th, 1955.