1/144 Revell Goodyear FG-1D, San Salvador

Gallery Article by Gerd Wilcken on Nov 1 2013



Today I present a Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, flown by the El Salvador Air Force (FAS No. 215) 1969 in the so-called "Football War"  between the Latin American countries of Honduras and El Salvador.


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On the history of war is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

TheFootball War, also known as theSoccer Waror100 Hour War, was a briefwarfought byEl SalvadorandHondurasin 1969. The cause of the war was economic in nature, namely issues concerning immigration fromEl SalvadortoHonduras.These existing tensions between the two countries coincided with rioting during the secondNorth Americanqualifying roundof the1970 FIFA World Cup. The war began on 14 July 1969, when the Salvadoran military launched an attack against Honduras. TheOrganization of American Statesnegotiated a cease-fire on the night of 18 July (hence "100-hour War"), which took full effect on 20 July. Salvadoran troops were withdrawn in early August.

Eleven years later the two nations signed apeace treatyon 30 October 1980and agreed to resolve the border dispute over theGulf of Fonsecaand five sections of land boundary through theInternational Court of Justice. In 1992, the Court awarded most of the disputed territory toHonduras, and in 1998,HondurasandEl Salvadorsigned a border demarcation treaty to implement the terms of the ICJ decree.

The model is a Revell 1:144 model of the Micro-Wings series. These kits are rather intended as quick kits for younger modelers and look more like toys. It already requires some effort to make something more Scale-Model like from this kit.

I added a scratch built cockpit and some structures in the wheel wells. The markings should be for a Greek F-4 Phantom. The blue therefore is a bit too dark for San Salvador. 

The colors are partially painted with the spray gun and some with a brush. The color pattern is taken from a decals instruction (1/48) from Aztec. In the original the colors was hastily applied to the aircraft and so I think - without instructions. There are also hardly any reliable photos available. 

FAS 215 was sold after the war to the United States.

Gerd Wilcken

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Photos and text by Gerd Wilcken