North American F-100 "Super Sabre"
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1/72 scale kits of the North American F-100D Super Sabre, made by Meindert de Vreeze
kit review / modelling report

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Another ESCI kit of the F-100D was made, now to be finished in a scheme of the F-100D of the Turkish Air Force "Türk Hava Kuvvetleri" of the early seventies with old style national markings (prior 1972). 

The kit was made in a similar fashing as the first kit described on page 1.... So, intake was opened up, exhaust deepened.

The canopy was to be installed closed. 
NOTE: if you want an open up canopy: inside the canopy the round bulge moves along with the canopy as it is installed inside. The kit bulge is moulded fixed onto the fuselage halves (indicated to be painted "A" back by ESCI in kit instructions STEP 2). So you need than to cut away the bulge at each halve. Make a new bulge for inside the canopy rear. 

The kit has the slats moulded within the wing leading edges. As always parked F-100 aircraft have their slats drooped down, this kit would get drooped slats to be shown. The slats in the kits'wing were carefully sawed off with a razor saw on both wing halves parts #12A, 13A with a wie chord as indicated by the panelline and a tiny thin chord section of the lower wing #11B. These are needed later so be carefull here. The lower and upper slat parts were glued together to get the loose separate slat. 


The wing "gap" was closed with thin metallic foil made from a house hold BBQ plate, this keeps its shape when bended. But you can also use thin card bended a bit in a curve and glued into position. The wing assembly was completed. As always, also the "end" edges/ sides of flaps and ailerons were "sawed in" with a razor saw to show these loose surfaces better with their gaps.

The lower air brake in the lower fuselage in front of the gear bays was set closed and the remainder of the model assembly done.

Only a small amount of filler is needed, some at the nose intake ring and lower fuselage joints. No problem and after filling and sanding the model got a grey base coat, any building errors still there were corrected.

The model would get a nice shiny metallic paint scheme using the ALCLAD II system and the airbrush. A special trick was used to get slightly different sheens (described below). This needs a scratch free surface first and the model also needs a GLOSS black undercoat (using Revell Aqua 07 acrylic gloss black) applied with the airbrush. 

Now the trick... when dried, some black areas with masked of with VERY LOW tack masking film from Revell. 

Next, a few thin layers with the airbrush using ALCLAD II, in this case Gloss Aluminium ALC-105. After 3 minutes, the masking films at the covered areas were removed with a tweezer. 

Immediately, now these panels were lightly airbrushed with the same ALCLAD ALC-105 but not too thick. This gives a DIFFERENT sheen and looks very good as on real bare metal aircraft.  So using this trick saves time a trouble as compared to adding a different separate colour.

Real Super Sabres always showed burned areas at the rear fuselage. At the rear of fuselage, the model got a few strains of "clear transparant blue" using Tamiya acrylic X23 with the airbrush. 

 I opted for a Turkish F-100D of the "Panther squadron" (111 filo 1.AJU Eskisehir) with a panther marking on the nose and red-white trim. The red-white areas were masked and than first a white coat airbrushed, followed after masking by the red (using Revell Aqua 330 "fuer rot" red).

The model next got its decals as it had a gloss (metallic) undersurface. 

This Turkish colour scheme has the "old style" squadred Turkish national markings. I thought I could use an old ESCI decal set with various national markings but these decals were very old, only I could use the Turkish Flag. But no problem, as the squared markings could be made from scrap using separate red and white decals; any brand can be used, I had wide XTRADECAL decal stripes. These were cut in squares at the correct size. 

The "panther" was hand painted using a drawing on clear decal with a paint brush, for both nose sides. The 2 decals were cut and applied as usual. This is much easier and less risky than painting the panthers immediately directly onto the model. 

The other stencilling and smaller markings came from the kit decals and an old Microscale set 72-97 for the F-100: .....


Finishing is now done with the smaller parts. Fitting the rear horizontal stabilizers required enlarging a bit their slots. Wing tanks and gears were installed. The main gear legs have nice hydraulics moulded on but they are a bit thick so these were replaced with thin metal wire.

The canopy glass part #20c is one piece. It also has a strange frame moulded at the rear, it should NOT be there. So this was polished away with a nail polishing block and Tamiya rubbing compound (or use any other stuff you have for polishing). 

The canopy was installed closed and smaller gaps closed with white glue. (if you want it opened up, separate the windscreen with a razor saw, see also note above...). 

In most cases, the Turkish F-100 flew without refuelling probe, so these kit parts remained unused.  Slats were installed and anti-collision light painted red and blue dots on the wing tips. A drop of Kristal Kleer was added on these small dots. 
A nose pitot tube was installed made from a metal needle, glued with super glue. 

Finally, a very thin overall coat of ALCLAD II ALC-105 was "misted" over some areas with the airbrush, this "blends in" the decals and looks really good. That completed this model. 

..Current:  ..             Old style before 1972:

[area: 783,300 km2 | population: 83,6 million | capital: Ankara | GDP 7,500 USD nominal per capita ]

The Turkish Air Force ("Türk Hava Kuvvetleri") was established in 1911 and during the Balkan wars in 1912 and 1913 a few aircraft were used and flown by mercenaries. During the first World War, Germany supplied aircraft. After the Second World War, Turkey joined NATO and got various American aircraft types. One of these was the F-100 Super Sabre and the Turk Hava Kuvvetleri received 206 F-100C, D and F Super Sabres and most came from USAF stocks. Also 21 F-100Ds and two F-100Fs were supplied second hand by Denmark. Turkish F-100s saw extensive action during the 1974 military operation against Cyprus. It was replaced by the F-4 Phantom in the late seventies and the Turkish F-100 was out of service in 1982.
As of today, the air force and army are one of the largest in NATO. Large numbers of F-16 aircraft are used as well as types like the F-4, F-5 and various transports and helicopters. More recently there were severe disagreements with the USA as Russian equipment was purchased and so F-35 deliveries never took place.  

This model now represents a F-100D of the "Panther squadron" 111 filo 1.AJU Eskisehir of "Türk Hava Kuvvetleri" in the early 1970s with the earlier white-red squares. 




A nice Super Sabre model is now in the World Air Forces collection.

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