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Century Series #2 - Monogram F-101B Voodoo 1/48

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Century Series #2 - Monogram F-101B Voodoo 1/48
Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:32 AM

I have completed the second in the Century Series aircraft, the McDonnell F-101B Voodoo.  I actually did two in different scales, but will post the smaller Voodoo in a separate post.

This is the 1/48 kit I had built this one many years ago, but as with all the other Century Series interceptors that I built in the past, that build was lost in the shelving collapse I experienced in 2006.  Built out of the box with the exception of the decals, which came from a Caracals Decal sheet - F-101B Part 2: Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas ANG.  Being a native Texan, obviously I was going to model a Texas Voodoo, so this build represents a Voodoo of the 111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard, 1980.

This Voodoo kit is a good one, with great detailing in the cockpit and wheel wells/flap bays commensurate with Monogram kits throughout the years.  But the kit is not without its challenges.  One of those challenges is in the intakes.  John "Jeaton01" here has this Voodoo kit in his blog where he points out that the way Monogram molded the air intake parts will result in a difficult seam to deal with along the wing roots.  Dry fitting revealed this to be the case, so I took John's suggestion of cutting away the middle connecting legs between the intakes to eliminate much of the seam.  I never could not determine what in the plastic that was removed was causing such a seam in the wing roots, but at the end of the day, the plastisurgery resulted in a much easier to deal with seam that I was able to eliminate fully.

I also struggled to get the weapons bay inserted into the fuselage.  The cockpit goes into the fuselage after the fuselage has been assembled, slotted in through the area that the weapons bay occupies.  You then slide the weapons bay in.  That part did not want to seat properly into the position.  I pushed on it with as much pressure as I dared to utilize, but could not get it to line up straight or go all the way in.  Then ... snap, it slid all the way in and I was able to line it up correctly.

The primary paint is Mission Models ADC gray, with some Model Master Metalizers for the tail pipes and that area on the underside of the tail.  Vallejo flat black and yellow was used on the nose cone and around the canopy.  Tamiya red for the flap bays and portions of the wheel wells.  Mission Models interior green in the wheel wells.  Model Master Acryl ghost gray in the cockpit. I kept the weathering to a minimum, with a wash of Mig neutral wash and some Tamiya weathering pastels.

Next up is the F-102A Delta Dagger (Monogram Pro-Modeler kit that was released in 1995).

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:46 AM

I had been looking for that kit for a long time.  I was a long time MDC empolyee, and the Voodoo was my favorite MAC fighter.  I picked up a kit at Nordicon last September.  Your build is an inspiration- can't wait to get started.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:04 AM

That turned out great.  Very sharp looking bird and I like the markings.  I have my first century series in the stash, f100.  Well done!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:46 AM

Looks fantastic Aggie. Beer

That is a very nicely detailed kit. I built one but in NMF.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:36 PM

Sharp looking model, Stephen, the burner can treatment looks really good.

I put both drop tanks on mine also, but I have read that the range was the same with one drop tank or two as the additional drag used up the advantage of the extra fuel.

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:30 PM

Aggie, you turned out a real beauty of a Voodoo here! Excellent work! Toast

 

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:29 PM

Great kit!  

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:39 PM

Well done

Nick.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:50 PM

Don Stauffer

I had been looking for that kit for a long time.  I was a long time MDC empolyee, and the Voodoo was my favorite MAC fighter.  I picked up a kit at Nordicon last September.  Your build is an inspiration- can't wait to get started.

 

Don, thanks for your kinds words.  Looking forward to seeing your 101.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:51 PM

keavdog

That turned out great.  Very sharp looking bird and I like the markings.  I have my first century series in the stash, f100.  Well done!

 

John, thank you for your kind words!  When I found that Caracal Decal sheet, there was zero doubt I'd be doing the big Texas flag on the tail, being a native Texan as I am.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:53 PM

plasticjunkie

Looks fantastic Aggie. Beer

That is a very nicely detailed kit. I built one but in NMF.

 

Thank you for your kind words!  I did another Voodoo simultaneously to this one, far less detailed but I did it in NMF.  I'd actually like to do a 101A, but new kits are not in the budget right now.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:54 PM

jeaton01

Sharp looking model, Stephen, the burner can treatment looks really good.

I put both drop tanks on mine also, but I have read that the range was the same with one drop tank or two as the additional drag used up the advantage of the extra fuel.

 

John, thank you for your kind words, and for pointing out the wing root issue and your solution to that.

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:54 PM

stikpusher

Aggie, you turned out a real beauty of a Voodoo here! Excellent work! Toast

 

Stik, thank you for your kind words!

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:56 PM

philo426

Great kit!  

 

  It certainly is a great kit.  The only difference I see in your build is the tail ID code.  Was that the release that actually included the markings for the 111th FIS?

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:56 PM

crown r n7

Well done

 

Nick, thank you for your kind words!

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:15 PM

I guess ...it is the 1985 release with Canadian Markings.  

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:57 PM

That came out great.  Those Monogram kits were a welcome site when they showed up.  I wish sMonogram had done a RF-101C.  When I do my 

monogram kit it will be from the Arkansas A.N.G. at Litle Rock A.F.B.  They flew bith types at the time.

I have the 1/72nd scale kit that will be put in the markings of the Maine A.N.G.

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Posted by rangerj on Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:03 PM

That is a great looking Voodoo. I did 4 of the Canadian Voodoos one of which is in the monogram builds section. That kit is an oldie but a goodie and it wont break the bank. There is a real 101B Voodoo on display at Willow Run Airport in Michigan and If my memory serves me correctly it as an ANG or Reserve bird. I got to see one of those take off one time and it is impressive. I love the Century Series birds and I remember them when they were new and hearing the sound barrier being broken was the cats behind!!! 

Keep up the great work.
 

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Posted by Ish47guy on Friday, March 27, 2020 5:33 AM

Nice work. Now at some point in time, you'll have to build the companion F-4 & F-16 from that unit to round out your collection.

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, March 27, 2020 12:20 PM

ikar01

That came out great.  Those Monogram kits were a welcome site when they showed up.  I wish sMonogram had done a RF-101C.  When I do my 

monogram kit it will be from the Arkansas A.N.G. at Litle Rock A.F.B.  They flew bith types at the time.

I have the 1/72nd scale kit that will be put in the markings of the Maine A.N.G.

 

Thank you for your kind words!  Looking forward to seeing your Maine ANG -101.

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, March 27, 2020 12:23 PM

rangerj

That is a great looking Voodoo. I did 4 of the Canadian Voodoos one of which is in the monogram builds section. That kit is an oldie but a goodie and it wont break the bank. There is a real 101B Voodoo on display at Willow Run Airport in Michigan and If my memory serves me correctly it as an ANG or Reserve bird. I got to see one of those take off one time and it is impressive. I love the Century Series birds and I remember them when they were new and hearing the sound barrier being broken was the cats behind!!! 

Keep up the great work.
 

 

Thank you for your kind words!  I've only ever seen any Century Series aircraft as a static display in various museums around the US.  I did get the pleasure of seeing an F-4 Phantom one July 4th about 20 years ago here in the Houston, TX area as it was flying from east to west across the wide-spread city of Houston.  Basically came right over my house, did a U-Turn and headed back east, and repeated that maneuver several times that evening.  Very very loud, even at its altitude.

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Posted by Aggieman on Friday, March 27, 2020 12:24 PM

Ish47guy

Nice work. Now at some point in time, you'll have to build the companion F-4 & F-16 from that unit to round out your collection.

 

Thank you for your kind words!  You probably shouldn't give me such ideas as building the companion planes to this unit, lol.  Where are these aircraft displayed?

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Posted by Ish47guy on Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:40 AM

Those two are in Camp Mabry in Austin, headquaters of the Texas Nat. Guard.  Used to fly down there a couple of times a year when I was in the guard in Dallas.

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:41 PM

One time I was taking pictures at Little rock down near the Base Ops/ National Guard area as some 101s wer launching.  Sitting on the transit ramp was a Marine F-4 with the crew sitting on its back.  I coiuld see that they were sort of making fun of the old 101s as they went by, probably because they figured even though they were just passing through, they had the best performing aircraft on the base.  As they watched, a C-130 went down the taxi way with only two engines running, they hardly paid any attention to it.  At the end of the runway the Herk kicked in its other two engines  and started its roll.  As it passed the F-4 the Herk went into a steep climb and the two Marines just watched kept leaning back more and more as it climbed away.  Who's superior in takeoff?

The 154th TRS at Little Rock had a amazing collection of photo on their walls.  One was a shot taken of a low approach at a Geodesic dome sitting on the side of a mountain somewhere in Arkansas as well as a beautiful shot of two recces going straight up, belly to belly, or doing it horizontal.  

THey had a reputation of finding small towns and making high speed, low passes, and going supersonic.  By the time anyone couild spot them they were just a dot in teh distance.  They also had a tendency to fly low over the Arkansas River close to guys fishing in small boats.  They claim to have actually swamped a few.

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:37 AM

Ish47guy

Those two are in Camp Mabry in Austin, headquaters of the Texas Nat. Guard.  Used to fly down there a couple of times a year when I was in the guard in Dallas.

 

Thanks.  My son just moved out of the Austin area, so I likely won't find myself in that town any time soon (there is a presence in that town that rubs me the wrong way, being a Texas Aggie and all).  

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:49 AM

I used to live outside Randolph AFB. My nephew lives in Austin and I get your comment. Huston got "gentrified" so to speak. I'm being kind.

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Posted by RadMax8 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:23 PM

Aggie, awesome job on this one! I never realized how hunkered down the Voodoos were. 

I really like the fin flashes, makes for an interesting splash of color.

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Posted by Aggieman on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:24 PM

RadMax8

Aggie, awesome job on this one! I never realized how hunkered down the Voodoos were. 

I really like the fin flashes, makes for an interesting splash of color.

 

Thanks!  They do sit pretty low to the ground, but my pictures could be exxagerating that just a bit, as I had the Voodoo sitting on a cloth background that came with my photo studio box thing, whatever it's actually called, and the fabric never lays perfectly flat.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:10 PM

So I pulled the old Monogram Delta Dart out of the stash!  I think I'm going to give it a go. Raised panel lines and all!  

Chad

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On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:37 AM

Mopar Madness

So I pulled the old Monogram Delta Dart out of the stash!  I think I'm going to give it a go. Raised panel lines and all!  

 

I have that one in the "staging area" of my stash.  I'm currently doing the Monogram Pro-Modeler F-102A Delta Dagger, and next up is Hasegawa's F-104C Starfighter.  I'll follow the Starfighter with two F-105s - 1/48 Hobby Boss F-105D Thunderchief, and the ancient Monogram F-105D Thunderchief in 1/72 (I've found a KitsWorld decal sheet for that kit that I like).  Then will finish my Century Series with the most recent boxing of the Monogram F-106A Delta Dart.

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