light-14Aircraft of the Cold War

During the Cold War a great variety of aircraft evolved; not all of them saw action in the major conflicts of the period.  Some were counterinsurgency aircraft, still others provided a nuclear deterrent, as the competing superpowers and their allies sought to remain vigilant against the actions of the other side.  As aircraft capability increased, so too did their level of sophistication and cost of development, maintenance and deployment.  For these reasons, it  was often the case that military aircraft during the four-plus decades of the Cold War served long past their intended service life.  Another outcome of spiraling development costs was the birth of the multi-role aircraft, starting in the 1960’s with the General Dynamics FB-111, and continuing to present day with aircraft such as the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 and the Panavia Tornado.

Aircraft

A-4E/F Skyhawk

Douglas A-4E / F Skyhawk by Hasegawa 1/72 Scale Kit No. B9 Price: $9.25 History The Skyhawk first flew on June 22, 1954.  Intended to fill the U.S. Navy’s need for a jet-powered light attack bomber that could replace the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider, the Skyhawk was a...

A-26C Invader

MPC’s 1970’s re-box of the Airfix kit bears raised rivet detail and a full cockpit and bomb bay — nose weights definitely needed for this WWII era warbird that was still flying in Vietnam.

B-2 Stealth Bomber

B-2 Stealth Bomber by Revell-Germany 1/144 scale Kit No. 4070 Cost: $15.00 Decals: One version Comments: Raised and engraved panel lines; option for open or closed landing gear doors; engraved detail in one of two bomb bays with separately molded 2,000 lb. GBU-32 bomb...

De Havilland D.H. 100 Vampire

De Havilland D.H. 100 Vampire by Heller 1/72 scale Kit No. 221 Cost: $9.99 Decals: Two versions Comments:  Old kit, basic cockpit, raised panel lines, simple construction; minor fit issues with canopy History Originally named the “Spider Crab,” the De...

F-4E Phantom II

Hasegawa’s F-4E features a basic cockpit, one-piece canopy, raised panel lines and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles — no Sidewinders — coupled with a TISEO TV guidance unit.

Grumman F9F-2 Panther

The F9F-2 Panther entered service with the US Navy one week after hostilities began in Korea, and quickly became a fighter-bomber workhorse….

Lightning F.2A

B.A.C. Lightning F.2A/F6 by Trumpeter 1/72 scale Kit No. 1650 Cost: $24.00 Decals: Two versions Comments:  Engraved panel lines, very detailed cockpit, landing gear and missiles; choice of Red Top or Firestreak missiles. History For a history of the “Silver...

P-80 Shooting Star

Monogram’s Korean War-era Lockheed P-80 features detailed cockpit and landing gear, and a detachable rear fuselage that reveals an Allison jet engine.

RF-4C Phantom II

Italeri’s RF-4C features a detailed cockpit, raised and engraved panel lines, and drop tanks. Developed in the 1960’s after the Cuban Missile Crisis, it served to restore the effectiveness of the Air Force’s low-level reconnaissance capability.

RF-8A Crusader

A hybrid kit using an aftermarket forward fuselage by Ventura, it uses the Hasegawa F-8E fuselage as a starting point to create the Navy’s premiere reconnaisance platform in the early 1960’s. Scratch building skill required.

T-38A Talon

Northrop T-38A Talon/F-5B by Hasegawa 1/72 scale Kit No. JS-018:100 Price: $8.50 Decals: Two versions – U.S. Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force Comments: Older kit, raised panel lines; detailed pilot figures but spare cockpit; includes centerline, wingtip and...

Yakolev Yak-18

Amodel’s Soviet trainer features a basic cockpit, engraved panel lines, and white metal bombs. Designed at the end of WWII, it went on to fame as a night intruder in the Korean War.

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