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Current and Finished Projects => Physical Models => Aero-space => Topic started by: b29r on July 10, 2019, 05:44:34 AM

Title: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: b29r on July 10, 2019, 05:44:34 AM
During December 1947, the newly minted USAF issued an RFP for a multi-role airplane, it's primary mission to escort SAC bombers.  In addition to this, secondary roles of photo recon, interception, and ground attack would be required.

 North American Aviation was successful in drawing on the experience gained with its revolutionary Twin Mustang in meeting these requirements.  The resulting F-82K was dubbed Tri-Stang, it's designation due to a budgetary funding issue.  513 units of all variants were produced, and it went on to serve with distinction during the post war period.  The superiority of emerging jet performance, plus the capability of in-flight refueling brought about the retirement of the Tri-Stang from active units, beginning in 1959.  It continued to serve with the ANG into the mid-sixties.  Only a handful of these elegant birds remain preserved today in aviation museums around the world.

 The F-82K  pictured here,  'Ole 97, served with the 27th Fighter Escort Wing, stationed at Ladd AFB in Alaska.

(https://i.imgur.com/R8nXTffh.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pQEqKYX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tJiKqVF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lj0gQPL.jpg)

And, seen here with a standard F-82G

(https://i.imgur.com/h4utbkK.jpg)

A pretty easy conversion of the old Monogram F-82.  Starfighter decals were used, along with some checkerboard decals.  Extending the wings and dealing with the contra prop were probably the most tedious items to deal with.

Best regards,
Kem
Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: elmayerle on July 10, 2019, 09:29:16 AM
Not that's just plain beautiful.  A very clean and attractive aircraft and a most credible backstory.
Title: Excellent...
Post by: Retired In Kalifornia on July 10, 2019, 10:16:35 AM
...center fuselage contra-rotating props, nice touch; large turning radius likely, MiG-15s having field day, Tu-4s are fodder, Tu-85s if were in service might had held their own.
Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: Camthalion on July 10, 2019, 01:01:18 PM
very cool
Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: Brian da Basher on July 11, 2019, 06:16:28 AM
Would this make it a Chain-gang Lightning?

Great stuff! Love the paintwork!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: apophenia on July 11, 2019, 07:07:13 AM
That is seriously twisted and certifiably brilliant! Love it  :-*
Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: ericr on July 12, 2019, 03:12:14 PM

beautiful design and build

Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: Robomog on July 15, 2019, 10:37:44 PM
Impressive, i like this a lot,

Tophe would have loved this, where is he these days ?

Mog
>^-.-^<

Title: Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
Post by: apophenia on July 16, 2019, 03:40:56 AM
...Tophe would have loved this, where is he these days ?...

He would indeed! Tophe dropped out last year after he was diagnosed  :'(

Christophe, if you're reading this: J'espère que vous allez bien!