F-100D Super Sabre
by David W. Aungst
The F-100 Super Sabre is represented in this display by the most numerously produced version of the aircraft, the F-100D.
This is the ARII 1/144 scale F-100D Super Sabre kit, stock number A396.
The F-100 and the F-101 are the earliest produced of the models in the set. As such, these were crudest of the models. The moldings, while basically accurate, were less detailed and poorer fitting than some of the other models in the set. Shape-wise, I think the canopy shape is too bulbous and the vertical tail is too narrow in cord. Overall, the final product still looks like an F-100, so I guess I can not argue too much. The only modifications I made to the kit were to fill in the wheel wells, include the mounting tube inside the engine exhaust cone, and scratch build a new nose pitot.
I used all Testors Model Master enamel paints and metalizers. I used five shades of metalizer to simulate the look of natural metal.
The markings are for the Wing Commander of the 474th Fighter-Bomber Wing as seen in 1959. Most of the decals for this aircraft came off the SuperScale decal sheet #44-177 with the national insignia coming off of the SuperScale decal sheet #72-083. The vertical tail was particularly challenging as the stripes are all one big decal. There are 90 decals on the aircraft counting both major and data markings.
As the Century Series display was being built in the style of a desktop model, I applied a final gloss finish with Floquil Crystal Coat and did no weathering to the model.
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