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  1. I have the F 40 book on German F-104's of JG 71 & JG 74, and the pictures show the missiles as white with two bands behind the forward fins, although the photos are black & white, and don't say if they are live or practice rounds,

    The best thing to do is go to the website "916 Starfighter " which has photos of almost every F/TF-104G that served in Germany. Even if you don't find the answer you can spend ages just enjoying photos of F-104's !  Hope this helps . 😀

  2. On 3/9/2022 at 10:02 PM, Murph said:


    In the pictures I've seen of F-100s carrying either "shapes" or live weapons only the pylons carrying the weapon or fuel were fitted.  Since it was almost certainly a one-way mission they wouldn't want to lose the pylons that weren't going to be used.




    There are photos on the Wethersfield Museum facebook page of F-100's in the victor alert barns which show the weapon on the centreline pylon and 275gal. tanks under the wings. these tanks were later upgraded to 335 gal. tanks HTH

  3. The wing walkway lines are correct, but all the photos I've seen of F-100's have no "Walkway " or "No Step " markings.  Here's a pic of the upper wing of F-100D 56-3000, the famous "Triple Zilch " of the 20th. TFW to show you the walkway line.  By the way, if you are doing a USAF airplane the silver aircraft were actually painted aluminium, and not natural metal, apart from the early versions HTH 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the kind words, guys . I usually mix my paints 50 / 50 with thinners, and give a slight rub down between coats, and this helps to remove any brush marks. The final matt, gloss or satin finish is sprayed on with my trusty Badger 200. I don't use acrylics ( I tried once and spent an hour cleaning out the gunge that had formed inside ! ) I do use a spray coat if it's one colour, or an aluminium finish required, and that system has worked well for me over the years. 🙂.

  5. Hi Everyone,

    Here is my latest effort for your inspection. It is a combination of an Esci kit with landing gear from the Revell version, as that had better details .  The model depicts an F - 100D of the 493rd. TFS, 48th. TFW based at Lakenheath in the early 70 's. Brush  painted with  Humbrol paints, apart from the aluminium. which is Xtracolor. with a final spray with Matt Cote.

    I used the technique of painting round the edge of each colour with a fine brush and a 50 / 50 mix of the adjacent colours to achieve the slightly feathered overspray of the real airplane, as my airbrush is only a basic  one, but I think the effect works in that scale.

    All comments ( good or bad ! ) welcome.






  6. Hi guys,

    Thought you might like to see my newly finished F - 100D in the markings of the 20th. TFW, based near me at Wethersfield in the 1960's. This brings back many happy memories of school holidays spent at the end of the runway watching the " huns " activities. There have been many comments regarding the accuracy of this model, so here's a list of mods / improvements I made:

    New corrected resin nose from Zactoman

    main gear legs shortened by 3 mm to get the correct nose up sit of the actual airplane.

    replacement resin wheels of the correct diameter ( The kit ones were too long, and had awful " Rubber " tyres )

    Replacement pitot tube from Master models with a scratch built mounting , as the kit one is wholly inaccurate.

    MN 1 practice bomb carrier from Video nation models.

    AMS resin ejection seat.

    Decals were from Eagle Strike, but I had the wing badge downloaded and printed for me by my friend, as the one on the sheet had the wrong blue for the background, being too light, and the stencils were from Campro .

    Please let me know all your comments ( good or bad ! )







  7. 8 hours ago, BillS said:

    Just a wag on a possible Lakenheath configuration aside from practice munitions would be 2 tanks and a B -61 most 

    likely on station 3. Dollars to donuts they could haul nucs.

    That's correct. There was / is a Victor Alert area at Wethersfield, where nuke armed F - 100's sat on alert, as did the 48th. TFW at Lakenheath. As you say,  The nukes were carried on the centreline pylon.

  8. The UK based F - 100's mostly carried the 335 gal. wing tanks after camouflage was introduced, although there were still some 450 gal. and 275 gal. tanks in use.  They mostly had the centreline pylon fitted at all times with the MN 1 ( SUU 21 ) practice bomb carrier fitted from time to time. also, occasionally outer wing pylons were fitted.

    At the moment I'm building the Trumpeter 1/32 F - 100D, although mine is in the earlier  " Aluminium " finish of a 20th. TFW bird. Hopefully i can post some pics when finished.  HTH 🙂

  9. Looking good, dai phan. Those Fundekal sheets are superb, although I used Xtradecals for my P - 38., I did use Fundekals for my F -102A Delta Dagger, and they went on no problem at all. I think they must be one of the best researched sheets, and they're worth it just for the instruction sheets alone.😀

  10. Hi guys,

    Hoping someone can help me here. I'm looking for a replacement part ( E 21 ) which is part of the retraction mechanism of the left main landing gear. Unfortunately this part is missing from my kit, which I bought second hand some time ago, and I've only just discovered this 🙁.

    I know the kit originally came with metal parts as well, but they too are missing. If anyone can help me out I'd be eternally grateful, and would of course be willing to pay any costs ( ie : postage to the UK, etc. )

    I could try and make the part, but I don't think my scratch building skills would be up to it, so could anyone help me please ?

  11. 5 minutes ago, Curt B said:

    Steve, you're right, and I know that many other model makers do far worse in their molding qualify.  It's just that I was surprised to see this in a new mold Eduard kit.


    Hooter, I hope you don't have any further problems.  Just to be clear, though, it wasn't the clear windscreen part that had the problem.  It was the fuselage plastic itself, the area where the fuselage meets that clear plastic windscreen part which was not molded correctly.  Without correction, if you glued the clear part in place, there would have been a very signifcant 'step down' from the edge of the windscreen part to where the fuselage plastic would start.  That is, rather than a smooth, even transition from the clear part to the gray plastic, the fuselage part wasn't molded 'high' enough for a 'step-less' transition from the clear to the gray plastic.  I wouldn't have minded, at as much, if there had been just a small gap between the 2 parts, but in this case, without fixing, the spot where those 2 parts would have come together would have been a gap and a wide difference in 'height'.  I think I've got it sorted out now, but it took some significant effort!!

    I'll let you know when I get to that stage, but it looks OK at the moment. Guess I'll find out when I get the fuselage together ! 

  12. Funny you should say that, Curt. I'm building the 1/48 Bf 109F 4 at the moment, and I too had a short shot  horizontal stabiliser . Luckily I managed to fill it with some Perfect Plastic Putty ( Wonderful stuff ! ) Haven't looked at the windscreen yet, so hopefully that will be OK.



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