F-101B Voodoo 1:48 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5811 Review

2015 October 20
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20151020*
F-101B Voodoo 1:48 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5811 Review

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McDonnell Aircraft Corporation developed a new aircraft design in response to the USAF’s need for a high-speed bomber escort fighter. The resulting XF-88 had disappointing performance until the twin engines were fitted with afterburners. While the results were good, the program was cancelled. With the outbreak of the Korean War a year later in 1951, a new bomber escort fighter was requested and McDonnell submitted an enlarged XF-88. They won the competition and the aircraft was re-designated F-101 Voodoo. The F-101 was a twin-engine fighter powered by the Pratt & Whitney J57 engine, the same power plant that powered the Air Force’s first supersonic fighter – the F-100 Super Sabre, as well as the Navy’s first supersonic fighter, the F8U (F-8) Crusader. Unlike the F-100 that may reach speeds over Mach 1, the F-101A fighter could reach Mach 2.25, with the F-101B interceptor capable of Mach 2.4.


For the Modeler: This review covers the This Skill Level 2 for the intermediate builder F-101B Voodoo 1:48 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5811. It consists of 102 parts on three sprues (molded in Light Gray plastic) including a clear plastic canopy set. It has 000b previously been released in different versions and is still available on internet auction sites.  Features include; a detailed cockpit and landing gear, Optional crew figures, Positionable flaps, Positionable canopy, Position-able speed brakes, Rotating weapons bay with choice of either: Two AIM-4 Falcons (GAR-1/GAR-2), Two Genie rockets (AIR-2/MB-1).  External stores include: Two external fuel tanks and markings are provided for two aircraft: F-101B-100-MC, 57-0427, 111 FIS, Texas ANG, or the CF-101, 101027, Canadian Armed Forces.  The completed dimensions are: Length 12”, Wing Span (extended) 10½”. 

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; nose weight consideration and implementation; finishing sequences; using clear coats for decal application; landing gear and tire finishing; identification of the copyright script; historical information; advanced literature reference;  interior panel finishing; clamping methods; ejection seat finishing; exhaust area painting technique; canopy detailing; decal selection, A/N connector details; preparation, and application, and repairs; detailing the landing gear bays; instruction clarifications; using setting solutions for great looking decals; pre-finishing panel lines; crew finishing and modification instructions;  issues around displaying both missile sets; over-spraying with clear flat spray; clamping methods; masking methods explained; air brake finishing and installation; detailing the hydraulic lines with a silver marker; intake detailing; adding black washes for realism; identifying and repairing sinks; extensive landing gear construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this pictorial 24 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.


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2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2016 August 1
    Doug Webb permalink

    Does the 5811 kit differ significantly from the 5853 kit?

  2. 2016 August 15
    Doug permalink

    Doug – I think the only difference is the decal selection.

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