Monogram 1/48 F-101B Voodoo…
I built this one a couple of years ago. Wow, what a big airplane the F-101 is! Makes the F-105 look little! And those tiny wings. I have always liked the Voodoo, in some ways it is more distinctive looking than the more famous F-4 Phantom which followed it from McDonnell. I think I like “T-tails” (Javelin, F-104 a couple of favorites) even though they could be nasty in flight.
This model depicts an F-101B of the 136th FIS, 197th FIG, of the New York ANG, based at Niagara Falls International Airport, in the late 1970s – early 1980s. Decals are by Eagle Strike. References included Robert Dorr’s 101 book, Lou Drendel’s Squadron book on the Voodoo, Aerofax Minigraph on the F-101B and F by Kevin Keaveney and “Voodoo Warriors” by Nigel Walpole.
The asymmetrical mounting of just one under fuselage fuel tank is not a mistake, as in looking at my references I discovered this was often done for shorter training flights. They didn’t need any more gas, and the drag was less.
This kit is typical classic Monogram, offering a great rendition of this aircraft, if you are willing to put some extra work into it. It does not “easily fall together”! But it has been the only game in town in 1/48 for some time now. I guess the new Kitty Hawk kit is superior (but I don’t know), but look at the price difference. One of the reasons I will always be a Monogram/Revell fan.
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