Since the holidays I have been ill with the cold/flu which has been going around and so not managed to get much hobby stuff done. I was feeling bad and work took the priority as you would expect. However, this last weekend finally I managed to finish a few more 1/600 aircraft. These bulk out my Korean War jet selection.
First, we have a collection of F9-F Panthers. Flown by the US navy during the Korean war from their carriers these are typical period jets. I took a few different paint styles from different pictures. So these can be from different squadrons when used in a game. The rest of the new planes are from US Air Force. These are painted in the typically yellow markings of the Korean War.
First I have the F-80 Shooting Star. This was more of a fighter bomber in the war and although a new plane was already starting to show it’s age. It did have several MIG kills though and could put up a decent fight it is had too. However, in the larger scenario’s these are more likely to be the target of enemy MIG’s and on a bombing mission than anything else.And then I have some F-84 Thunderjet, in theory a fighter again by the time of the Korean War this again become a strike aircraft used for bombing. It was not well respected and definitely had it’s challenges, but it had a respectable Korean War record all in all. Although the F-84 started the war flying air cover for the super fortresses, but had a hard time vs. the MIG’s and was replaced by the Sabre. It did do a great number of ground strike missions though so again it will get used in our games. You may be able to tell in these photos but I also got some USAF decals for my Korean War planes. So I went back and added these to the Sabres as well. You can see the end result below- just (the USAF on the left hand wing if you look closely). I mentioned that I was lacking these last time and although fiddly, I’m happy I did them, as I think it completes the Air Force planes in this scale.