by David W. Aungst
The F-101 Voodoo is represented in this display by the first production version of the aircraft, the F-101A.
This is the 1/144 scale ARII F-101A Voodoo, stock number A395.
The F-101 and the F-100 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. Actually, to call the fit on the F-101 only "poor" is being nice to it. By volume, the completed model is probably as much super glue as it is styrene plastic. The fit of the fuselage to the wings was particularly bad, leaving a huge gap that required some careful filling and sanding in order not to change the contours of the fuselage. The model is missing some rather prominent items found on the real aircraft, so I needed to do a number of modifications to the model. These included adding engine intake splitters, wing fences, and fuel dump masts. Additionally, I filled in the wheel wells, added scratch built external fuel tanks, included the mounting tube between the engine exhaust cones, and scratch built a new pitot under the nose.
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 a standard 81st Tactical Fighter Wing aircraft as seen in 1962. In spite of the colorful tail, this is not a Wing Commandís aircraft. Restructuring of the Air Force way of doing maintenance on the aircraft caused all aircraft in the wing to get painted into this tri-color scheme. Most of the decals for this aircraft came off the SuperScale decal sheet #44-223 with the national insignia coming off of the SuperScale decal sheet #72-083. The "USAF" on the wings was taken from a Scale Master decal sheet, SM-32B. There are 104 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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Models, Description and Images Copyright © 2001 by David AungstPage Created 21 February, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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