1/72 scale kits of the North American F-100D Super Sabre made by Meindert de Vreeze
review / modelling report
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In parallel to making the ESCI kit, the AMT 1/72 kit (no. 8892) for a two seater F-100F was assembled. I bought the kit at a modelshow in 1999 and did not know it existed. This is a nice kit and it has a lot in common with the ESCI F-100D kit.
Similar improvements as to the ESCI
kit were made such as:
The cockpit could also benefit from
some extra details from small pieces of card and some rod. This will be
done later. For now the cockpit interior was simply painted medium grey
The AMT kit scheme with decals for
the 353 TFS of the USAF 354 TFW is
very nice indeed with a metallic look.
On the internet I found a nice photo that showed that this squadrons' Super Sabres have red wing tips and sometimes red areas on their banana fueltank. This is not shown in the AMT kit drawings. The red areas were later on added through hand painted with a brush. Also, some "no steps" are seen on the trailing edges of the flaps and these were added from a spare MicroScale F-100 set 72-97.
The AMT kit decals were applied. These
look great but are VERY THIN and break up easily, so be carefull.
Otherwise, I cut the striping decal
#34 in half and removed 0,3 mm from each halve, it is a but too long. The
red striping decals #19 + 20 on the vertical tail did not fit and
fell apart and brittled. I have to fix this with red paint. The red band
on the nose is a nice decal.
After decals were set, the model was
completed in a similar fashion as the ESCI F-100D (see
page 1) with adding the smaller parts, the slats and getting a protectice
coat of gloss Johnson Future/Kleer. This will protect the decals for years
Inside the two seater canopy, a cross bar was made from plastic card as wel as pilot mirrors from thin metal foil. The inner canopy frame was painted black.
NOTE: I later found out that the mid-frame is in the wrong position, it should be sanded off, polished and moved more to the rear! So when you build this kit, do not forget this correction.
After decals drying for 24 hours, finally the model got a decal protecting coat of Johnson Future/Pledge with the airbrush. No fueltanks were added as this aircraft was assumed to be used for training near the home airbase. And that completed this model...
Next will be the good old Hasegawa kit for a F-100D in a Vietnam scheme....
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