Author Topic: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard  (Read 359 times)

Offline Aeroplanedriver

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RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« on: July 19, 2022, 01:42:26 AM »
Finished this one a week ago but just got around to taking some photos.  Pretty happy with how it turned out. 

Kinetic 1/48 Super Etendard, RAN VF-805

In 1956 the RAN began the lengthy search for replacements for the Majestic Class carriers Melbourne and Sydney.  Initial proposals from the US and UK to provide and Essex Class or HMS Hermes were rejected and the plan to replace the carriers was continued.  My the mid 60s the UK Royal Navy was looking at the very distinct possibility that the CVA-01 class of aircraft carriers would be cancelled.  Political infighting and budget issues had brought the program to the brink.  In an effort to save the program the Royal Navy approached Australia and Canada with a proposal to sell carriers of the class to both countries, renaming it the "Commonwealth Class".  Some astute backroom wheeling and dealing resulted in both nations agreeing to order a ship of the class in early 1966.  This made the program politically difficult to cancel and also spread program costs out over five ships instead of three, so work proceeded resulting in the Commonwealth class, the Royal Navy ships Queen Elizabeth, Prince Of Wales, and Duke Of Edinburgh, the Australian Canberra, and the Canadian Bonaventure.  The first UK carrier entered service in 1973, the second in 1975, and then HMAS Canberra in 1977. 

For their airwing the Australians like the British and Canadians went with the F-4 Phantom for air-defense.  But they went alone on a strike platform, choosing the new French Super Etendard. 

This model represents a Super Etendard aboard Canberra in late 1981 during a live fire test of the Exocet anti-ship missile. 








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Re: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2022, 01:50:42 AM »
Wow!! :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Offline Buzzbomb

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Re: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2022, 06:23:33 AM »
Really nice work, taking the scooter scheme onto this.

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Offline Dr. YoKai

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Re: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2022, 12:41:11 AM »
Lovely scheme and a neat backstory.

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Re: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2022, 12:45:45 AM »
Lovely scheme and a neat backstory.

Yeah, I really like the idea of the "Commonwealth Class". :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Offline Volkodav

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Re: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2022, 09:47:23 PM »
 :smiley:

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: RAN VF-805 Super Etendard
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2022, 09:26:16 AM »
Oh my, this is gorgeous!