1/72 scale Vought XF8U-3 Super Crusader Navy fighter in competition with F4H-1 Phantom II

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#AA-2029   1/72 scale  Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III  Powerful fighter competed against F4H Phantom II


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

29 resin parts


Vac-formed canopy & Decal


Span 168 mm


Length 248 mm


Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$6.50

Each model kit contents 1 set of canopy and 1 sheet of decal. Extra canopies and decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal


Extra canopy



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1955, with the success of the F8U-1 and -2, Vought started to conceive a more powerful fighter design, the XF8U-3. Although it was similar to the F8Us and carried F8 designation, the aircraft was entirely a new design that installed larger fuselage to accommodate the new powerful J75 engine. The U.S. Navy was interested in the design and signed contract to Vought for five prototypes in competition with McDonnell XF4H-1. First flight was made in mid 1958, performance and handling were judged as excellent. During flight tests, it achieved speed of Mach 2.39 and would allow reaching potential Mach 3. A few months later, the test program was ended because of heat limitation on acrylic windshield which could not took high temperature. In December 1958, Navy chose F4H as the winner of contest, and cancelled the XF8U-3 contract. Three prototypes were passed to NASA for further high-altitude / sonic boom tests until scrapped in 1960.










Carrier-based fighter

To explore advanced version from F8U-1




1x Pratt & Whitney J75-P-5A turbojet

1457 mph


3x Sparrow missiles


Model References

TheVought XF8U-3 Crusader III is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S. Navy fighter 1946 ~ 1962

Convair XFY-1 Pogo

Convair XF2Y-1 (F-7) Sea Dart

Douglas F3D-1 (F-10) Skyknight

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 

Douglas XF5D-1 Skylancer

Douglas XF6D-1 Missileer

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

Grumman F7F-4N Tigercat

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat

Grumman F9F-2 Panther

Grumman F9F-6 (F-9) Cougar

Grumman XF10F-1 Jaguar

Grumman F11F-1 (F-11) Tiger

Grumman XF12F-1 Lion

Lockheed XFV-1

McDonnell FH-1 Phantom

McDonnell F2H-1 (F-2) Banshee

McDonnell F3H-1N (F-3) Demon

McDonnell F4H-1 (F-4A / F-110A) Phantom II

North American FJ-1 Fury

North American FJ-2 Fury

Ryan XF2R-1 Dark Shark

Vought F4U-5 Corsair

Vought XF5U-1 Flying Pancake

Vought F6U-1 Pirate

Vought F7U-1 Cutlass

Vought F7U-3 Cutlass

Vought F8U-1 (F-8) Crusader

Vought F8U-3 Crusader III

U.S. Navy Advanced carrier-based fighter competition in 1954

Grumman XF12F-1 Lion

McDonnell F4H-1 (F-4A / F-110A) Phantom II

Vought F8U-3 Crusader III


Vought Crusader family served in the U.S. Navy

Vought F8U-1 (F-8A) Crusader

Vought F8U-2 (F-8C) Crusader II

Vought F8U-2N (F-8D)

Vought F8U-2NE (F-8E)

Vought F8U-3 Crusader III


The Korean War operation 1950 ~ 1953


Post war U.S. experimental aircraft