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SW72138 1/72 North-American FJ-2 Fury

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SW72138 1/72 North-American FJ-2 Fury
Product Code: SW72138
Brand: Sword
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During the Korean War it was found that the swept wing MiG-15 was vastly superior to the US Navy's Panther and Banshee jet fighters and only the USAF's F-86 Sabre could match the MiG. The US Navy set out a requirement for a swept wing jet fighter based on the F-86. The result was the FJ-2, FJ-3 and FJ-4 Fury series of fighters. The FJ-2 was a modified F-86, with strengthened landing gear, arrestor hook and four 20mm cannons instead of machine guns. The FJ-2 was superior in performance to the other USN fighters but the extra weight meant it was not as good as the F-86, plus the landing gear still wasn't strong enough.

The FJ-3 used a more powerful engine and ironed out the FJ-2's flaws. Finally the USN had a fighter to match the F-86 but it suffered from engine reliability issues. The FJ-4 was extensively redesigned with an even more powerful engine and new wing. Other features included more fuel tanks, less ammunition and a modified cockpit, all of which gave it more range. Most of the FJ-4's went to US Marine squadrons and it was never the main USN fighter as within several years both the more advanced F3H Demon and F-8 Crusader entered service. The FJ-4B was the fighter-bomber version of the Fury, which was strengthened to take 6000lbs of ordnance on 6 pylons.

This is Sword’s model of the FJ-2 Fury. Sword is a new manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. The kit is injection moulded in plastic and it includes a resin ejector seat. The level of detail is excellent, with engraved panel lines and markings for 2 aircraft of the US Navy + US Marines.
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