Kitty Hawk F-101C Voodoo
I’ve had this Kitty Hawk kit since it came out a couple years ago, but it kept getting put on the back burner due to other projects cutting in line. Well, I finally decided to finish the Voodoo, especially since Kitty Hawk has decided to release the “B” and “RF” models. It should be mentioned that Kitty Hawk (like some other kit manufacturers) has tried to maximize their mileage by using common sprues. Ordinarily, this works out OK, but in this case Kitty Hawk has failed to recognise that some parts on the “C” model are different from those on the “B”. This is especially true with the intakes, which, on the “B” model, hev a forward sweep on the upper part of the intake, as well as on the splitter plate. The intakes and splitter plates on the “C” model (as well as the RF-101C) are more upright, requiring some correction during the build. The correction entails removing approx. 1/8″ from the upper intake lip, and some filing/sanding to blend things in.
This kit comes with full intake trunking, running from the intake to the compressor face; this feature is nice, but problematic at the same time. The intake trunking comes in a Y-shape, connecting both intakes together. If you follow the instructions, this Y-shape is trapped between the upper and lower halves of the fuselage, followed by installation of the wings to the fuselage. The wings have the fore part of the intakes, which are supposed to connect to the Y-shaped intake trunking. Well, there is really no way to get a tight, smooth connection between the wing intake section and the intake trunking, as per the instructions. What I did was to cut the Y-shape in half, and used each half to get a good fit to the wing portion of the intake. Now you have the wing sections connected to the intake trunking, but you still have to insert each wing and trunking into the fuselage. I found that some very minor sanding to enlarge the fuelage opening where the trunking fits through, allows you to insert the completed wing and trunking into the fuselage with good results. The wings fit really good to the fuselage sides, with just a small amount of superglue run into the seam to glue and blend things together…no sanding required, if done carefully.
The cockpit really does need some help; there is very little detail included, even though KH provides decals and photoetch to go in the cockpit. I wound up using the deacl for the instrument panel and the PE for the side consoles. I added some thin plastic rod to the PE consoles to give a little relief from the flat boredom of the PE.
Most of the molded plastic parts are very good, and god together without any problems. I did find, however, that some of the small, fiddly parts are prone to breakage, especially while trying to remove these small parts from the sprue. I think the plastic used by KH for this run was deficient, and prone to breakage. Perhaps the newer KH releases will have this issue corrected?
Anyhow, the F-101C Voodoo is finally done. Except for the very minor inclusion of small plastic rod to make some knobs on the PE consoles, everything else is OOB. I used kit decals and I was impressed at how well the kit decals conformed (with very little decal set used). The model was painted with Alclad II aluminum color, clear-coated with Future (Pledge floor finish) for the decals. The upper portion of the main fuselage was painted Model Master F.S. 16473, as seen on some Voodoo’s as corrosion control.
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