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F-100D Model accuracy. Does anyone out there know of the best 1/72 F-100D and why. Thanks to all members. RJK


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Do F-100 models come in great detail as  ESCI did in the past or are they trying to play catch-up with those Trumpeter models seem to be doing. I remember the old Super Sabre from the Hasegawa line . Engraving occurring only in the articulating surfaces of the original jet. Still have to correct improper detail and sizes I believe. I look at the F-100 jets of Tamiya, Hasegawa , ESCI, Trumpeter and herd that ESCI was copied by Tamiya, which was copied from ITALERI, or some way or other. Please set me straight on this perceived topic.

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In 1/72 you have the original Esci kit which was then partially fixed and reboxed by Italeri, by Revell which either had the original Esci or the Italeri revision and then by Tamiya.

 

AMT/Ertl possibly did the F-100F cause I don't remember seeing any F-100F box by Esci, also most if not all AMT kits have the soft plastic filled with flash disease and supernova-gloss decal film

 

Trumpeter F-100F is too long

Trumpeter F-100D you need at least to fix the nose/intake area by stealing parts from Esci kit, someone, somewhere on Britmodeller forums did extensive fixes on Trumpeter kits because they are wacky.

 

As for now like the A-7 and many others in 1/72 you just have kits resembling the real aircraft until you start to notice obvious things that many others do ignore

 

Luigi

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The Italeri, ESCI, Revell, AMT F-100D and F kits mentioned above are pretty good, shape-wise. They just lack detail, especially the cockpits and the lack of extended slats. The same can be said for the Hasegawa F-100D, plus it has raised panel lines, IIRC. I think there were some aftermarket resin cockpits to dress these kits up, but I'm not 100% sure, since I don't normally build 1/72.

 

There was a 1/72 "F-100C" by Pioneer that is best avoided. Revell also released an F-100C back in 1964 that is actually 1/70 and isn't worth building.

 

The Trumpeter F-100 kits in all scales are a mess. They just basically scaled up the CAD, so issues travel across all three scales. I'm not sure the F's length can be fixed at all. The F-100C kits have incorrect cockpits (the C was different from the D cockpit provided, with a very different seat) and the tail dimensions are wrong. The wings are too thin and the main gear tires are too large, which causes the models to sit horizontally, instead of having the F-100's characteristic nose-up stance. I personally don't see any reason to pass over the older AMT, ESCI, Revell, Italeri F-100 kits for the newer and more expensive Trumpeter kits.

 

The best F-100 kit in any scale is still the old Monogram F-100D from 1980. It mostly depicts an F-100D late in its service life, but can be easily tweaked to represent an earlier one.

 

Ben

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"There was a 1/72 "F-100C" by Pioneer that is best avoided. Revell also released an F-100C back in 1964 that is actually 1/70 and isn't worth building."

 

Got it as a gift back in the late 80s. It's going to be made as a Davis Monthan "relic", with all the covered areas, and bushes around!! But, like Ben said, you should avoid this kit.

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I agree with Ben Brown on everything, except for:

 

The original Revell kit dates back to around 1957. I built one when it was new (showing my age).

The Italeri kit seems to be a copy of the Esci with a couple changes, including a fictional framing brace engraved in the single-seat canopy. Weird. They also made wheels that were different - don't know if they are right or wrong.

The Italeri kit was repackaged by Revell and Tamiya.

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Thanks for the correction, @Paul Boyer. I didn't scroll far enough back in time when I checked Scalemates! 😄 

 

Regarding that odd canopy frame in the ESCI kit, I wonder if someone mistook part of the nuclear flash hood for a frame? Photo won't hotlink, so see F-100.org here: F-100D photo with flash hood

 

If you don't have access to the ESCI or AMT kits and need the Vietnam-era 335-gal drop tanks, you can just add a 28" (scale) plug just forward of the leading edge of the pylon, just like they did on the real tanks.

 

For another drop tank option, you could use a single 275-gal tank on the starboard side, a Mk-7 nuke on the port center pylon in place of the drop tank, and rob the 200-gal tanks from the Hasegawa kit for the inboard pylons.

 

Ben

 

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2 hours ago, airmechaja said:

IMHO, there are way too many "kinks" to work out with the Trumpeter F-100 series to make it worth your effort. Accuracy is still ruled by Revellogram.

 

 

 

I agree. Trumpeter is best avoided.  I quite like the Italeri, ESCI, Revell, AMT F-100D and F kits.  ESCI especially were way ahead of their time when it came to the panel lines. Very nice panel details. 

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Ed, you did a great job beating those Trumpeter kits into submission! I tried to fix the problems with their 1/32 F-100D kit and that killed my appetite for F-100s for years. 😄

 

Also, thanks for posting the pics showing exactly where Trumpeter screwed up the F-100F cockpit. I've been trying to figure out where they went wrong. Sadly, they did it on the 1/48 and 1/32 kits, too. Easy fix in 1/72 is the AMT kit, for 1/48 we have the old but accurate War Eagle and Fox 3 Studios conversions for the Monogram kit. The 1/32 folks are on their own, for now.

 

Ben 

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