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 REVIEW: Falcon Models FA728001 US Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger VF-21 "Mach Busters"

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Falcon Models FA728001 US Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger VF-21 "Mach Busters"   Mon Jul 24 2017, 10:43

U.S. Navy Grumman F11F-1 Tiger
VF-21, "Mach Busters"
1/72 Scale
March 2013 Release

First of all I would like to thank Chris at Falcon Models for providing a copy of this model for review.


The Grumman F11F/F-11 Tiger was the first supersonic, single-seat carrier-based United States Navy fighter aircraft in operation during the 1950s and 1960s. Originally designated the F11F Tiger in April 1955 under the pre-1962 Navy designation system, it was redesignated as F-11 Tiger under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

The F11F/F-11 was used by the Blue Angels flight team from 1957 to 1969. Grumman Aircraft Corporation manufactured 200 aircraft, with the last aircraft being delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 January 1959.


The very first F11F Tiger release by Falcon models. The subject represented is from VF-21 which was assigned to Carrier Air Group Eight (CVG Cool on the USS RangerĀ“s shakedown cruise from 04 Oct 1957 to 06 Dec 1957. The F11F carries the tail code "AM" of Air Task Group 181 (ATG-181).

Overall I am very impressed with this latest addition to the Falcon stable.

The model has a lot of metal content and has a considerable heft factor. It comes well packaged with Sidewinder missiles and Area Ruled external fuel tanks pre attached. All you have to do is plug in the nose gear and main gear modules (although the main gear doors are separate but are easily attached). The nose gear is a bit "beefy", but if it was as delicate as it should be - it might not stand up to any abuse given the heavyweight of the model (Falcon is not alone in this regard - Hobby Master's F-101B Voodoo comes to mind). You can also display the model "Gear Up" if you wish. A Pilot figure is not included but as usual I have used a Hobby Master Volunteer that fits without any modification required. The canopy can be positioned both open or closed and a plastic black display stand is included.

The colour of the model is spot on. I have included a photo taken with a Century Wings F-8 Crusader and the two colour schemes match very closely. If you have other US Navy jets in your collection you can be assured that the Tiger will fit in nicely with your other Century Wings or Hobby Master Navy Jets.

Overall a great addition to the US Navy Collection. Very highly recommended.


A surprising detail is the painted arrestor hook underneath.
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