Monday, July 12, 2010
Here are some images plus a composite of Lindberg's 1/48 scale Convair XFY Pogo. From Wikipedia "The Convair XFY Pogo tailsitter was an experiment in vertical takeoff and landing. The Pogo had delta wings and three-bladed contra-rotating propellerspowered by a 5,500 hp Allison YT40-A-16 turboprop engine. It was intended to be a high-performance fighter aircraft capable of operating from smallwarships. Landing the XFY-1 was difficult as the pilot had to look over his shoulder while carefully working the throttle to land". This kit was first released in the 1950s and as one would expect the cockpit has practically no detail whatsoever and I decided to keep it that way. Why you ask? Purely for retro reasons. Aeroplane kits from that time period often had very little interior detail. The most you got was poorly detailed pilot with a peg in his back and sometimes an instrument panel decal if you were lucky. Of coarse there was always the ever present raised panel lines. Admittedly I don't understand much about the old mold making process but wouldn't it have been easier to make these aircraft with recessed as opposed to raised panel lines? If anyone knows about the mold making process I would love to hear about it.