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Monday, July 12, 2010

Pogo





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.

9 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Nice POGO, Is a Lindberg kit?

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo. Yes it is a Lindberg kit although this kit has been released by other model companies as well.

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Yes, I like Lindberg kit, but I have problem to find in my country.
I made the Fairey Flycatcher 1/48 and I like

Warren Zoell said...

Yes it's like that hear in Canada as well. There is stuff your country has easy access to that is next to impossible to get here particularly after market parts and several European model kits.

Arkonbey said...

I've been thinking of getting this kit for a while and getting all AMS on it (I always thought it'd look awesome in that post-war dark blue livery).

However, I totally appreciate your going 'retro' on it! Remember being a kid and not thinking twice about brush painting and how you didn't count a single rivet as you ran around the yard waking zooming noises.

Have you hit the Life Magazine photo catalog on google? There's some great Pogo stuff

Arkonbey said...

@pablo: there's always Squadron or Great Models.

Warren Zoell said...

Akonbey- Heh I use to do that as a kid as well. Still do ;) As for Time Life absolutely, I use it as one of my main reference points.

Pat Tillett said...

I remember this one and might have actually owned one

Warren Zoell said...

It's quite possible it was around when you were a kid and it's a very popular model even to this day.