1/48 Hobby Boss RF80-A Shooting Star

Gallery Article by Ulysses Almeida on Oct 3 2019

 

      

I thought this was an interesting addition to the F80 family of kits. It's a very easy build. There isn't much information about the RF 80A so I got some from an article on the net and pasted here as follows: The Shooting Star began to enter service in late 1944 with 12 pre-production YP-80As, one of which was destroyed in the accident in which the pilot was killed. A 13th YP-80A was modified to the sole F-14 photo reconnaissance model and lost in a December crash. 

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The initial production order was for 344 P-80As after USAAF acceptance in February 1945. A total of 83 P-80s had been delivered by the end of July 1945 and 45 assigned to the 412th Fighter Group (later redesignated the 1st Fighter Group) at Muroc Army Air Field.

Production continued after the war, although wartime plans for 5,000 were quickly reduced to 2,000 at a little under $100,000 a copy. A total of 1,714 single-seat F-80A, F-80B, F-80C, and RF-80s were manufactured by the end of production in 1950, of which 927 were F-80Cs (including 129 operational F-80As upgraded to F-80C-11-LO standards). However, the two-seat TF-80C, first flown on 22 March 1948, became the basis for the T-33 trainer, of which 6,557 were produced. 

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Photos and text by Ulysses Almeida