Revell 1/48 Northrop F-89C Scorpion

US Air Force, 74th FIS, Greenland 1954

The F-89C Scorpion is a surprisingly large aircraft — the wing is massive. Revell’s kit of this early Cold War warrior is simple but well-executed. The model has raised panel lines, which I rescribed, but several inaccuracies for the C-model. These include various vents over the fuselage which need to be filled or omitted, moulded-in wing pylons for rockets (not carried by the F-89C), incorrect nosewheels (they should be spoked) and no fins on the wing-tip tanks. I used photos of the F-89C from the web to make the changes to the airframe and added tank fins from plastic card. To improve the nosewheels I overlaid the hubs with paper cut to a spoke pattern to give the impression of spoked hubs. For the NMF I used Alclad II for the first time over an entire airframe. I undercoated with Humbrol enamel gloss black and then sprayed the Aluminium. I then masked off the aluminium and sprayed the red and yellow trim in Humbrol enamel. These areas were coated with Klear, decalled (using the kit decals, which were resistant to settling into the recessed detail), washed with oil and then sealed with Pollyscale Flat. The masking was then removed and an oil wash applied directly onto the Alclad, followed by the decals. Some of the aluminium had to be retouched where small flecks of the Alclad were removed by the masking. The multi-hue metal effect is simply different densities in the application of the Alclad. A nice kit which was straightforward to correct, easy to rescribe and simple to construct.

Year bought: 2000 (Antics, Guildford)

Year built: 2003 (Maid’s Causeway, Cambridge)



  1. Carlos "Charlie" Ballesteros · June 27, 2016

    Great model. I have my own. Basic differences are that mine has a black frame cannopy, no “pocked” nose wheel, those two wheels on the main landing gear are in black so the tire and the wheel could no be adverted. I’ve always wonder if “tanks” located on the wiing tip are fuel tanks or missile storage. Very nice work.


    • Jon Bryon · June 28, 2016

      Thanks for your kind comments. On this model, the wing tip tanks are for fuel. Later F-89s did use them to hold missiles or rockets (depending on the subtype).


  2. Carlos "Charlie" Ballesteros · June 27, 2016

    One more question: Do you know if main landing gear tires on the actual aircraft were pneumatic or solid? Seemed to me to be solid, either because of diameter and / or width that makes to look like very narrow. Best regards.


    • Jon Bryon · June 28, 2016

      I can’t imagine they’re solid, but they are huge!


  3. Max Brandt · December 25

    Excellent work, Jon! It’s not often we see early variants of the old Scorpion and in quarter scale no less. Re-scribbing those annoying raised panel lines is a must on aircraft with bare metal showing, why Revell-Monogram held out on this issue for so long I will never know. “Bondo” Phil Brandt did and excellent late variant of the Scorpion with Falcon missiles on swing-out launch rails in the wing tanks, it’s an interesting contrast to your early Scorp. Keep up the fine work, I’m learning much through your modeling woes and resin purchases!


    • Jon Bryon · January 24

      Thanks Max. I’ve been on Hyperscale since the beginning, and well remember Bondo Phil’s later model F-89. A modern tooling would be most welcome!


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