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Thread: RFN F-8E Crusader - WIP

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    RFN F-8E Crusader - WIP

    Hi,
    I open this thread just to give you some visibility on this project which is now on the top of our priority!
    I'm working on the exterior model, mapping the first set of draft textures and animating the main parts (so far only gears and doors are animated)

    Here is a screenshot from FSX to show you the beast as it is tonight
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    Regards,
    Sylvain

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    Superb , Ive had a lot of fun just recent in this shooter , with doing an external update , now that would be something ill be looking forward to <input id="gwProxy" type="hidden"><input jscode="leoInternalChangeDone()" onclick="if(typeof(jsCall)=='function'){jsCall();} else{setTimeout('jsCall()',500);}" id="jsProxy" type="hidden">

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    One of my favorite aircraft of all time. Thanks
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    Sylvain,
    If you have any F-8 detail or performance questions please feel free to contact me. I have a whole community of former F-8 pilots on the F-8 list who can provide answers. These guys constantly amaze me with the extent of their knowledge, and such good recall of their experiences. :salute:

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    Thanks for the update!

    I'll be following this closely - the last RFN productions have been really excellent!



    Owen.

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    Looking great so far! Good job!

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    Awesome! :salute:
    Hopefully, we can also have a stripped model(like the one in the screenie). No Hardpoints, No weapons. Then we can have a real RF-8 for FSX to go along with RFN's "Last Gunfighter" versions.
    Anticipation is...Making me wait. Doggone Ketchup jingle....Again! lol ...Don
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    *drooling*

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    Superb Work Sylvain! :-D


    Best
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    What more can I say than has already been said?

    Looking superb, and with the quality of the RFN Etendard IV as a benchmark, I know this will be mindblowing in its quality and (hopefully) the visual performance. I find it so remarkable how RFN's projects manage to look so good, both in model detail and in paint quality - and with corresponding minimal performance impact.

    This will be a highly anticipated project, and with a good paint kit, I hope it'll get repainted more times than the Mona Lisa!

    cheers,

    DL

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    Hi,
    The Crusader is a plane that really looks like a true fighter, don't you think?



    Don't look too much into detail it is still in Progress... very draft...
    I like to share work in progress from time to time.

    Regards,
    Sylvain

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    Looks great so far! :salute:

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    Looks great! I believe the prototype F-8 is currently being restored at the Boeing Museum of Flight Restoration center located at Paine field, WA (KPAE). It's a beautiful machine! Well done thus far!
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    Looks great Sylvain - your team knows how to conjur some real FSX magic!


    Since in most of our lifetimes, we've seen the E (FN) version in the darker low vis grey ... here's a few shots in its earlier Aeronavale schemes, which was the standard USN white/grey .... shown here cross decking onto a USN carrier (guessing from the VF-14 F-14s, likely either USS Kennedy or USS Independence.)












    Hoping that after the (E)-FN, an RF might make it ... ....






    OK ... better run, before I get kicked out of this thread ... ...

    DL

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    WOW!! I love that low viz paint!! But no guns??

    back on topic: that model is looking incredible!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumonceau View Post
    WOW!! I love that low viz paint!! But no guns??

    back on topic: that model is looking incredible!!
    That is an RF bird, no guns.

    I thing the only RF jet with guns was the RF-84.

    But yes, back on topic. That model looks great! Another classic in the making!

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    Working on Crusaders

    A ancedote about working on Crusaders. My first duty station was at Patuxent River in the early 70s, one Crusader was assigned to the unit (North Site Maintenance). The Egress system on the Crusader was a real challenge, mainly because of the way it was bolted to the rails in the cockpit. The Martin-Baker seat had two trunion bolts. The top one was easy enough to access for removal; but the lower one was a different story altogether. The bulkhead was so close to the bolt head, that a modified, shaved-down socket was the ONLY way to remove it. Believe me when I tell you it was not easy to remove that bolt. You had to use a drift punch, and pound it out. There wasn't much room to swing a hammer, either! My supervisor was always in a bad mood when the 210 Day inspection came due on the Crusader.......NC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dumonceau View Post
    WOW!! I love that low viz paint!! But no guns??

    back on topic: that model is looking incredible!!

    Indeed, as has been pointed out - that's the RF-8G, which along with the RF-8A, were the two photo-recce versions of the Crusader.

    Here's another shot of that low-vis scheme - taken right before the decomissioning of VFP-206 ....



    Though generally not a fan of the low-vis schemes, there are certain aircraft that sported it well, and the Crusader (in my view) is one of them. But then, I'm biased ...

    Back to the E(FN) version currently being modelled, here's a few more pics of it in its French environment. Love this shot - you really see how much that front gear gets compressed on arrested landings - the mains are actually off the ground! ... I love the intense balance of kinetic forces in this photo ...



    Another high vis ....



    A final shot ... nice view of the flightline of some Flotille 12F Crusaders at Landivisiau ...





    cheers,

    DL
    Last edited by delta_lima; December 23rd, 2013 at 19:03.

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    Some news from RFN factory

    Hi,
    It's a long time since I posted some news of RFN Crusader.
    Today I compiled in FSX the result of weeks of modeling and painting : main parts of consoles and cabin sides are now done !
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    Next step : coding all these switch and buttons I've modeled...Still a long way to go...

    Regards and merry Christmas to all!
    Sylvain

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    Tres, tres bon nouvelles!

    Joyeux Noël, mon amis!

    DL
    Last edited by delta_lima; December 23rd, 2013 at 15:13.

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    Sylvain, that is incredible work and great news! Looking forward to this very much!

    Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année à vous et à l'équipe de RFN!

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    My most anticipated freeware release for next year!

    Bonnes fêtes!

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    Says it all, really?
    Now, where can I get a good FSX Landivisiau?

    Dave

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    Beautiful work by the RFN team. Eagerly waiting for this F-8!

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