1/72 Airmodel Scorpion and H-21

Gallery Article by Carmel J Attard on Nov 15 2012



Scorpion F-89D
Ever since I have seen the photo of a Scorpion firing its arsenal of rockets from its wing tip pods I remained adamant to build the type in same markings and colour scheme. This goes back to a copy of National Geographic Magazine, the issue being dated December 1952. The photo caption says: 

“Northrop F-89D all-weather interceptor flies faster than 600 MPH. Its electronic eyes and nose search out an enemy in any kind of weather, day or night.  Nearly as big as World War II’s medium bomber, this fighter carries pilot and radar observer.  Scorpion is the most heavily armed fighter- interceptor in the United States Air Force.  With its 104 rockets, it stands guard against air invaders.  A direct hit by a single rocket can destroy a bomber.  Wing tips blaze like comets on firing runs”

The type has since been phased out of service with the Air National Guard.  It became operational in January 1957, 350 F-89Ds being converted to “J” standards by installing the Hughes MG-12 system and fitting a pair of Genie Nuclear-tipped rockets Approximately 1,050 Scorpions were delivered to the USAF.

This is in fact a vac-form kit by Airmodel.  Built before the Revell release which goes some years back then.  Extra work includes undercarriage bay and wheels, cockpit office decoration, crew figures and decals from spares box, some hand made.


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Piasecki H-21A Work-Horse
This was basically similar to the HRP-2 with more powerful engine to meet the USAF requirements.  Primarily intended for search and rescue missions in arctic areas, hence the high visibility colour scheme, and is fully winterised.  At one time it held a World Speed Record at 146.7 mph. T he H-21B is a 22-seat assault transport and the H-21C a special trooper/freighter version of the H-21B to requirements of the US Army.  The type also saw action during both Korean and the Viet Nam war.

This is another Airmodel vac-form kit that was released and built before the Revell kit was available.  It has fully scratch built cockpit office, rotor blades, belly hanging strops, undercarriage.  The kit consisted basically of two fuselage halves and nose Perspex but this was sufficient to make a scale model of the helicopter.

Enjoy the photos.

Carmel J Attard

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Photos and text © by Carmel J Attard