SW72140 1/72 McDonnell F3H/F3H-2N Demon
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The F3H was an all-weather fighter built for the US Navy. Early versions were plagued by unreliable and underpowered engines. This was partly rectified by fitting the more powerful and reliable Allison J71 Turbojet engine.
Despite the increase in power, the plane was still underpowered and a bit sluggish, leading to the nickname, 'Lead Sled'. The F3H-2N was capable of using the heatseeking AIM 9 Sidewinder missile while the F3H-2M added the capability to use the longer range radar guided AIM 7 Sparrow missile. The Demon had a short career in the US Navy, being first deployed in 1956 and the last squadron retired in 1964, when there were enough F4 Phantoms to go round.
Sword are a manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. This kit is an injection moulded in plastic with a resin ejector seats and exhaust, there is also a small fret of photo etch metal parts. The level of detail is excellent with engraved panel lines. The cockpit area is nicely detailed and the casting on the resin parts is really nice. Decals are provided for 2 different USN aircraft.