F-100 Super Sabre 1:48 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5317 Review

2015 September 2
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20150902*
F-100 Super Sabre 1:48 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-5317 Review

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The North American F-100 Super Sabre was the world’s first jet fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. The F-100 was initially designed for interceptor and nuclear strike roles. It served with the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard until 1979. When war broke out in Southeast Asia, the F-100Ds were deployed to provide air superiority over the skies of Vietnam much like the F-86s did over Korea. Unfortunately, the lack of radar rendered the F-100s ineffective for air-to-air combat and the F-100 was relegated to air-to-ground duties in the skies over Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam as a fighter bomber. It flew extensively over South Vietnam as the air force’s primary close air support jet in this capacity and excelled for a while, but its age began to show against the newer aircraft entering the war, eventually being replaced by the more efficient subsonic the LTV A-7 Corsair II. In the end, F-100s also served in other NATO air forces and with other U.S. allies. The F-100D would serve in numerous air forces around the world and many ended their careers as target drones for missile testing and/or training. The aircraft was often referred to as the “Hun”, a shortened version of one hundred.


For the Modeler: This review covers the reissued North American F-100D Super Sabre 1:48 Scale Revell model Kit #85-5317. It is a skill level 2 plastic kit molded in light gray with a clear canopy containing 91 parts. The kit does have a positionable Canopy, 000b Stabilizers, Ammo and Gun bay doors, Speed brakes, and if the modeler chooses, the front wing slats can be shown in the closed position by removing the tabs on the front of the wing and gluing the slats in the closed position. The kit also provides under wing ordinance consisting of two Mk 82 500 lb. bombs with extended fuses, 2 Bullpup AGM-12Bs and under wing fuel drop tanks. This kit also features a detailed cockpit with a pilot figure and a ground crewman. The kit has been released previously in other versions. Decals provided are for two different Aircraft: 1.) F-100D-30-NA, 55- 3712, Pahokee Tiger, 308th TFS,31st TFW Bien Hoa, Vietnam, December 1965 (although the box and the instruction sheet states 1955) 2.) F-100D-90-NA, 56-3321 494th FBS, 48th TFW, Weapons Team, Chaumont Air Base, France 1958. Completed dimensions are: Length 13-11/16” Wing Span 9¾”.


Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; extensive paint and finishing information; adhesive selections and applications; cockpit construction and detailing; decal preparation and application; cockpit and instrument panel detailing and methods; complete pilot and crewman figure painting; nose weight consideration; using Future floor wax for decal application; identification of the copyright script; substituting the pilot figure for historical accuracy; interior panel finishing; clamping methods; adding glue tab guides to ensure alignment of the parts; after burner selection discussion; intentional variations in silver shading; finishing the ordinance; complete exhaust area painting technique; extra parts discussed; canopy detailing; decal selection, preparation, and application, and repairs; instruction errors explained; detailing the wheel wells; instruction clarifications; dive brake detailing; using setting solutions for great looking decals; over-coating with clear flat spray to tone down the sheen; complete landing gear construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this pictorial 24 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.



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