North American F-100D Super Sabre
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Super Sabre in 1/32 scale
 
The North American F-100D Super Sabre was a fast USAF aircraft designed as successor of the famous F-86 Sabre used in Korea. The aircraft flew in several versions in Vietnam, the USA and was also stationed in Europe in the USAFE during the Cold War and the seventies.

 

The model was made to represent a North American F-100D-70-NA from the 429th FBS, 474 TFW USAF .
 
 
There was at the time only a very basic model available of the F100 as a vacu-form from ID models of the UK. The kit provides only three sheets of plastic with the basic shape of wings, fuselage and no detail parts at all. So, a lot of scratchbuilding was required! However, as I really wanted a big 1/32 model, there was no alternative as to start with the model...

UPDATE NOTE: TRUMPETER has issued a 1/32 scale F-100 kit in 2008.
 

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This picture shows the model's underside 
This picture shows the major parts that comprise the model, basically all interior parts made from plastic sheet. The intake tunnel is provided by ID models 

The kit required a large amount of research and scratch building. THe best approach is to handle the parts making as "separate projects" and working along the way to create various parts.
The shape of the ID model is OK although the tailfin required some work and also the exhaust area needed opening. Fortunately, ID provides the intake tunnel so this was a nice "bonus" to the rather basic parts. The cockpit was scratchbuilt but the canopy of the kit could be used.


 
 

 

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References:
- F-100 Detail & Scale, Kinzey
- F-100 in action, Squadron Signal
- Century series, Squadron signal

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