I. The Kit:
This kit has been reviewed elsewhere, but for those who have not been to "elsewhere," I will show the contents of the box:
(Above) Trumpeter 1:32 F-100D Super Sabre box art.
Decal Sheet A:
Decal Sheet B:
Decal Sheet C contains the aircraft maintenance stencilling:
I highly doubt I'll be using any of these kit decals, with the possible exception of some of the stencilling.
As for the accuracy of these, I'll leave that up to others as I am not familiar with these markings.
419 parts on 19 sprues, plus metal and photoetch as shown below:
Cast Metal Parts:
II. Aftermarket Parts:
AIRES Cast resin landing gear wells:
AIRES afterburner can and jet exhaust nozzle. Lots of ejector pin marks
make the original kit parts mostly unusable. The Aires parts are also more
detailed. I hope to be able to use this in conjunction with the Master
Details F-102 nozzle
335 gallon fuel tank correction/extension from AMS Resin:
Item at lower left is a nose weight ballast.
AIRES cockpit looks much nicer than the original kit parts:
Shown below are the engine front correction and the F-102 style
exhaust nozzle from Master Details. Master details has closed
up shop recently and these parts are no longer available.
Wheels by Renaissance of France. The kit main wheels are too
large, which contributes to the "stance" problem I mentioned above.
Last, but not least, the resin nose correction from Zacto Models.
The trumpeter kit nose isn't right and this fixes it. Also included is
a F.O.D. cover if you wish to use it.
|Decals will be coming from multiple sources since the aircraft I'm doing isn't covered by any existing sheets.
OK......... Let's get started!
First thing I did was to cut the casting stubs off all the resin parts. Once that was done, I started
messing around with the cockpit parts. I assembled the Eduard color instrument panel, and glued
it to the Aires instrument panel backplate. The ejection seat rails were glued into the tub and the
whole thing was given a base coat of dark gull grey. Seat was painted the same color with a O.D.
seat cushion/survival pack. Side consoles painted flat black. To the best on my knowledge, the
Eduard IP is the wrong shade of grey. It should match the rest of the cockpit.
While I was waiting for glue and paint to dry, I turned my attention to the fuselage and intake
ducting. I'm not liking the seam that's going to need fixing inside that duct! Fit of the
fuselage is OK. I can make improvements. I shaved away molded-in cockpit detail from the
inside of both halves. Also needing removal is the landing gear bay areas in the fuselage
bottom (Main gear), and on the bottom part of the intake duct (nose gear) to facilitate the Aires
resin bay parts. This Aires stuff is MUCH MORE detailed than the kit parts! Guess that's what I
pays my money for.... Also, those access panels will be closed up on my model. Undecided on
whether or not the underside speed brake will be deployed or not.
Over engineered! Not only does this kit have an engine, but it has this plastic and photoetch
compressor unit. It will never be seen and that's a good thing because it looks bad. My model
will be all closed up, so I'm only doing minimal assembly and painting here:
Also includes a fictitious turbine that I ended up cutting off in order to fit the Aires resin 'burner can.
Do you think a real jet engine has all those ejection pin depressions inside? I surely hope not!
Here the kit supplied engine nose has been replaced by an accurate one from Master Details. When
deciding whether or not to buy this, I checked with someone who had already built this model if this was
actually visible through the intake from the nose. He says the bottom part is if a flashlight is used. I'm not
sure if this model will ever go to a contest or not, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt and added it:
Engine components prior to final assembly and painting The resin exhaust nozzle, at right, is the
F-102 type; a must if you're doing an Air National Guard aircraft:
Test fitting some of the internal fuselage components. There's a lot in
there, so I'm anticipating fit problems when I join the fuselage halves.
Now, I have to deal with a couple ugly seams running up the intake duct.... BRB......
After spending some "quality time" with that intake duct, I can get back to business.....
Here's a comparison of the unmodified kit lower wing part (left) and with the Aires resin bay in place (right).
Pic of the left fuselage half with everything in, ready to be joined up to the right half.
Considering all the stuff packed into that fuselage, I made lots and lots of practice
dry-runs fitting those fuselage halves together. Before committing glue, I want to know
where every pit-fall along the way was going to be. I realized the Zacto nose was best fit
to the left fuselage/duct assemblies at this time. Fitting it after the fuselage halves were
joined and glued was asking for trouble. Like this, the resin Zacto nose fit very well with
little fiddling around.
Fuselage assembled, and stabilators temporarily fitted into place:
Lucky O'Toole, site supervisor, and general spreader of cat hair, hard at work:
I've now got the wings assembled, but still without the control
surfaces, and the underwing fuel tanks are built up as well.
Harold's resin tank parts fit good and really look the part.
Onward and upward: she has wings!!!
OK, I got the assembly to the point where it's painting time. The aircraft is painted in SEA
camo, so I've sprayed a base coat of tan. I love Xtracolor paints. Found a couple workmanship
flaws, so as soon a everything is really dry, I'll have to take some fine sandpaper to a couple spots,
then respray those places.
More pics of painting progress:
Okey-doke..... got the rear fuselage area painted. Photo doesn't look quite like it really is.
I originally wanted to do aircraft 56-3440, which was used in Vietnam extensively with
active duty USAF units for many years before returning to CONUS and eventually being
transferred to the Mich. ANG. After Mich. ANG service, it was flown to the Smithsonian
NASM where it is currently in storage for future exhibition. Problem was I had a lot of
difficulties in obtaining the decals I used here from many sources. I could not find the
white number decals I needed, so it didn't happen. A couple of photographs of the aircraft
I depicted can be found at http://www.f-100.org/hun.shtml Looks like it was photographed
at an airshow and had a couple of 'zaps' on it from Canadian 434 Sqn. My model will be
without those zap markings.....
Sprayed some flat coat on it. Also wing refuelling probe, nose pitot probe,
and 335 gal. underwing tanks in place. Also painted some of the detail stuff in the
landing gear wells and applied a oil paint wash in there as well. I'm starting to see
light at the end of this tunnel!
She's up on her wheels and I'm happy to report she sits a little nose-high
with the nose pitot probe parallel to the groundline, just like an F-100 should. She's not
looking bad, but one thing I don't like is the area immediately forward of the unpainted
rear fuselage area. I wanted it discolored along the panel and rivet lines, but it's way, way
too dark. Soooooo, fixing that is first on the to-do list for tomorrow. The model is as
weathered as I'm going to make it. With a few exceptions, I don't like real dirty model
airplanes, so mine are usually fairly clean build with only minimal weathering.
|F-100D Super Sabre, 127th Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard
|F-100D - Trumpeter - 1:32 Scale
|Photographs and commentary by P.W. Stantiford
This is a model I have wanted in my collection of 1:32
scale airplanes for a long time. It was used by the 127th
Fighter Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard in the
1970's. When Trumpeter announced they were
developing an F-100D in my favorite scale, I couldn't
wait to get my hands on this kit. Once I had the kit, I took
notice of some faults I didn't care for. A mis-shaped
nose, incorrect details in the cockpit and a few other
things. Most bothersome was that uncorrected built-up
models from this kit had an incorrect "stance." The
F-100 sits on the ground with a nose-high attitude. The
model, from the box, sits level with the ground line. That
would need to be fixed. Thankfully, the guys in the
cottage industry model aftermarket came to the rescue.
This build will include a multitude of aftermarket items as