Monogram 1/48 F-101B VooDoo
I really gotta stop this stuff and get started on my D-Day build! I finally got around to building (and actually finishing) Monogram's F-101B! Now I like the Phantom, and the Demon is interesting to look at, but I think McDonnell's best looking aircraft ever is the VooDoo! Monogram did a wonderful job with the F-101B. Detailing and fit are very nice, bud getting the landing gear attached was a little fiddly as there are no positive attachment points for the mains, just oval depressions in the plastic. It has a rotating missile pack and normally I won't build working features into a model (swing wings aside) but this was okay. The only thing that detracts from the model having it rotate is a nasty gap at the rear, but it's on the bottom between the drop tanks and not too noticeable unless you look for it. I just like that I can display the Falcons AND Genies. I've seen photos of the real thing at airshows with the bay halfway through the rotation so you can see both sides, if I take it to a show I'll probably do the same thing so the gap isn't there. (Sneaky sneaky!)
The paint came out orange peel free (I notice that's the case when you airbrush gloss colors!) and the decals snuggled down great, even around the formation lights! I did make one error as I believe this aircraft is and older one and should be aluminum lacquer or natural metal. Didn't realize it till I was done! There is one member here who takes his photos at the local airport, and nothing makes a model look more realistic than natural daylight and appropriate surroundings, and he does a great job of it! (Well, I'm not actually at the airport, but at least I'm shooting towards KOSH!) I do want to get a larger table and surface it with tarmac/grass for when I do photo sessions, but I'll wait for the snow to thaw first!
Can't wait for KittyHawk's single seater to come out go go with this!