Mc Donnell Douglas F-101 C Voodoo – Kitty Hawk
My friend Tom Cleaver already posted an article about Kitty Hawk Voodoo.
As I can be pretty stubborn (there are a couple of subjects you won’t change my mind about unless you’re able to hypnotize an anvil), I decided the warnings I read about this kit could safely be ignored.
Where to start?
Fit is… different.
The radome was designed by a different team than the forward fuselage, and both teams hated each other’s guts.
The mid-fuselage parts come from yet another team, and guess what?
I think the guy who designed the nozzles suffered from an interesting bout of schizophrenia, and was going after his own throat whenever he felt like it (once every 12.5 seconds from what I gathered).
The airbrakes could have given Stevie Wonder an entertaining read, and the stencils all show the depicted F-101’s suffered from pancreatic cancer.
Oh, and remove the low intensity formation lights, they’ve got nothing to do on a F-101 C (nor on a A).
The decals leave their backing sheet quite easily but need a rather strong motivation if you need to move them afterwards.
But once you have puttied every seam and its neighbour, used every grade of Micromesh and all the swear words you might know and quite a few you could invent, and decided correcting the air intake shape was a pain in the equatorial regions you could dispense with, well…
It looks big, it looks brutish, and it looks like a Voodoo (yeah, I know).
My next article will be about a much more pleasing experience.
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