This is my last project, the F-100D piloted by Capt Allen Lewis and based at Tuy Hoa, Viêt Nam, circa 1969-70, with the classic “Snake and Nape” configuration. I am a big fan of the type and era, so I was quite motivated by this build.
This is the very enjoyable to build 1/48 kit from Trumpeter with many modifications I made myself especially in the cockpit, canopy frame, landing gear bays & legs, extended 335 gal. fuel tanks, modified pylons, new refuelling probe made from brass, refuelling light and much more.
I also used some aftermarket goodies such as a correct nose (Renaissance), tyres (ResKit, the one of the kits are horrible), exhaust and seat from Aires, pitot from Master, Eduard’s Mk82 and BLU-27, and a nice but fragile ladder from LP Models. Decals are from Caracal.
I hope that you like it as much as I enjoyed this project.
And because you are some lucky buggers, here are some work in progress pics.
Like on the real thing, I extended the 275 gal. tanks in the center section (28-inch, so 1.5cm 1/48) to correspond to the late 335 gal. type