Just finished, F-100D Super Sabre
Fresh off the bench is my latest, the North American F-100D Super Sabre, a Trumpeter 1/48 scale kit.
I didn’t start out to build models of jets, but this my 3rd one now, so I guess they are pretty fun too.
The kit offers 4 marking schemes, two American and two French version. I chose the 1970 Viet Nam U.S.A.F. version, from the 30th TFS, 31st TFW, Tuy Hoa Airbase. It should be no. 55-3634, but the large white number decal that goes on the tail and reads ‘634’ disintegrated and I couldn’t use it. Fortunately I was able to find the ‘102’ decal in my leftovers which the right block letting and almost the exact right height, so it fit. Call it 55-3102 then.
I painted it overall with Model Master rattle can, medium green, dark green and dark tan and camoflage gray undersides, after spraying the whole thing silver to start with, which allowed for me to try some paint chipping effect when I got to the weathering stage. I also used some Tamiya weathering powder for that too, aiming for a not-over done but somewhat faded look.
I added the bombs on the outer wings from my spares and leftovers box.
The rear of the fuselage... well, the instructions said it should be painted ‘burnt iron’. I have seen that called for in other kits, but not for such a large prominent portion of the exterior, usually an exhaust or motor part. Maybe someone makes a bottle or can of that, but I don’t have it...searching images for how the rear should look showed the ‘burnt’ part is right, but there is a great variety – from bare metal, to purple, black, brown and some left over original paint. So I did the best I could with the silver base, washes of thinned black and brown and the weathering powders. Note to aspiring F-100 modelers: see http://www.f-100.org/hun.shtml for a treasure trove of images to use for reference, many in color.
The kit goes together very, very well. The biggest complaint I have is that the instructions are a bit lacking in assembly details.. Also, although a very nice color painting guide for each version is included, which is most useful overall, many individual part colors are not specified, so I took my best guess on some of them.
Thanks for looking.
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