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F-100 Super Sabre F-102 Afterburner

Master Details 1/32 F-100 Super Sabre F-102 Afterburner First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2008 Manufacturer Master Details
Subject F-100 Super Sabre F-102 Afterburner Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32012 Pros Essential update to the Trumpeter kit Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $24.95    

 

 

First Look

F-100 Super Sabre F-102 Afterburner

Master Details announced this release and it was met with lots of enthusiasm! This is a simple replacement for the Trumpeter 1/32 F-100 kit's afterburner nozzle. Was the kit nozze wrong? Absolutely not, but the orignal J57 afterburner nozzle as depicted in the kit was used by active-duty F-100s through the Vietnam era, but these nozzles were a bit unreliable at the most inoportune (and dangerous) times.

When the F-100 entered Air National Guard service, one enterprising crew chief new that the afterburner nozzles on the J57s powering the F-102 Delta Dagger were no where near as troublesome and his experiment to use that F-102 afterburner nozzle on the ANG F-100s worked out with greater reliability and safety.

The problem was that Trumpeter did not include the F-102-type nozzle as an option in their 1/32 kit as Monogram had done with their 1/48 F-100D. This really wasn't a problem for Trumpeter as all of the markings provided in their kit were for active duty USAF F-100s, but a number of decal companies have produced some nice ANG markings which are not exactly right without this afterburner nozzle. Master Details to the rescue!

This conversion consists of three major resin parts plus eight small pushrods. The casting on these parts is well done and will look great with metalizer and weathering/scorching.

If there is an Air National Guard F-100 in 1/32 scale in your plans, this is one detail/conversion set you won't want to miss!

My sincere thanks to Master Details (http://www.masterdetails.com) for this review sample!

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