As the "K" moves along, it was time to work on my 2nd project for the "Nam" GB, which was a great excuse to finally work a really good kit of the F-100 in 72nd scale. Though produced in the late 70's by ESCI I believe reboxed under Italeri, which most of the old ESCI kits ended up with.
In an era where raised panel lines were the norm, this little gem has fine engraved panel lines. Well defined panels, that look pretty accurate at first glance.
So lets take a look what is in the box.
I purchased the kit several years ago while in Connecticut. So almost 20 years I have had it. The box is a bit soiled from the humidity. As I pop the lid, first item on top are the instruction sheet.
A fold out type with exploded views for the construction process. Aged to a yellow tint yet still quite clear and easy to follow. The paint options are listed as well and flagged to what color a particular part will be painted.
Step 1 starts with a basic cockpit, not bad for the scale, compares to Hasegawa in some of their basic 72nd scale kits.
The decals provided have yellowed and are not protected just loose in the box. For a Turkish and a French bird.
To help with the cockpit I purchased a PE zoom set for the Italeri boxing. They will work fine for this kit.
I have had a pair of Super Scale F100D decals before I got the kit. New in the envelope they should perform with out any problems when it's time to decal the model. The set carries not only the squadron scheme, but also all the airframe stenciling and stripes. Just need to dig through the decal spares for the Stars n bars.
Now on to the plastic. Moulded in silver, the sprues are safely kept in one bag. No loose parts. Kit is well preserved despite years of several moves. The first sprue has the cockpit tub, seat, nose intake cone, landing gear struts, and exhaust cones.
The gear struts look decent for and accurate as I compared them to a 48th Monogram F-100. Nice, though no brake lines.
The nose intake is a bit shallow as it attaches to the forward section of the nose, in this scale it won't be much of a factor.
The cockpit tub is devoid of any raised details, dials or knobs, hence the Eduards PE to help here. Though decals are provided for the side consoles and instrument panel but doubt if they will still be viable. The seat thankfully looks like an ejection seat not a lounge chair. Again detail painting and PE Belts will be a big help.
Nice touch that ESCI provides a tail exhaust cone with open afterburner cans or closed.
The next sprue contains the fuselage halves, exterior details like the dive brake door, landing gear doors, wheels and wing strakes.
The pleasant surprise for this scale and age of the kit, is a nice fuselage that will be simple to assemble and apply a bare metal finish. The rear section in particular as this will be enhanced when we get to the painting, as this area was always darker due to the heat from the engines, on camouflaged schemes it was left unpainted.
1. Nice engraved panel lines
The wheels look ok with the unique F-100 style hubs. Nice.
The gear bay doors and dive brakes have very nice interior details which normally are never shown on a kit this scale and again from the time frame. A lot of effort was really put into this model.
Though not really easy to see once the cockpit is assembled and the halves mates the side walls have no details.
The next sprue are the wing panels and flying surfaces/
The wheel and dive brake bays again well defined not just interior walls with stringers.
The wing panels like good as well, no warpage, the wing strakes are separate parts.
There are no weapons provided, just a pair of drop tanks which again have the Super Sabre unique shape.
Finally the 1 piece canopy is clear and has well defined framing.
next is to paint the interior bits and then get started on the cockpit
More to follow