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1/72 Trumpeter North American F-107A Ultra Sabre

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  • Member since
    April, 2014
1/72 Trumpeter North American F-107A Ultra Sabre
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:12 PM

This is my second build of this kit, I love this aircraft and aircraft of this era. 

Just an OOB build, I used Vallejo Metal color (Dark Aluminium for main colour and different shades in selected panels), and the red is 50:50 Tamiya flat red and Vallejo fluorescent red. Weathering is just the minimum, with some Flory dark dirt wash in panel lines.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Western NY
Posted by Bossman on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:47 PM

Whoa Grant !  That is very impressive.  Nicely done.

She looks incredibly fast just sitting on the tarmac.

Chris

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:00 PM

Well done build. 

Every time I see that aircraft, all I can envision is a Goblin shark for some reason.

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:58 PM

Wow, the model looks great! I always have to show one of the two left, in this case the one at the USAF Museum in Dayton. I think the other other one is in Pima, Az. It was cool to walk up to it after reading about it years back. Anyway good job!

Max

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, March 12, 2017 11:28 AM

Very nice!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Western NY
Posted by Bossman on Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:32 PM

Kinda wondering . . .  Would ejecting from one of these be a concern with the intake right there ?

Chris

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, March 12, 2017 1:17 PM

Whoa !

 Did they build it upside down ? Seriously , A very interesting looking aircraft and a Beautiful model . T.B.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Ypsilanti, MI
Posted by MIflyer on Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:26 PM

Bossman

Kinda wondering . . .  Would ejecting from one of these be a concern with the intake right there ?

Chris 

 

"Concern" would be a massive understatement, and the F-104 had already proven that downward-firing seats weren't such a hot idea. One of the major reasons development of this aircraft was stopped.

Kevin Johnson    Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

On the bench: 1/72 Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop

  • Member since
    March, 2003
Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:41 PM

Very nice job on the F-107. There are two of the three aircraft produced still surviving, 1, at the USAF Museum as mentioned, and one at the Pima Air Museum as mentioned. The third aircraft was damaged when a tire blew on landing. The pilot was Scott Crossfield (of (X-15 fame). The aircraft was burned and used for firefighting practice. Bob Hoover, a test pilot who flew "chase" for the Chuck Yeager sound breaking flight, and was according to Chuck Yeager, one of the finest pilots he ever met, call the F-107 one of the best fighter aircraft he ever flew. That's saying something. Yes, ejection was a concern. The Republic F-105 beat out the F-107 and the rest is as they say history. Nice build. I put a Cobra Kit cockpit in mine and it is a nice addition to the kit.

  • Member since
    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:01 PM

Bossman

Whoa Grant !  That is very impressive.  Nicely done.

She looks incredibly fast just sitting on the tarmac.

Chris

 

 

That she does! Beautiful model, too.

I guess I never knew that the the ejection seat in the F-104 fired the pilot downward (and I'm building one, too). Great idea, let's have the pilot crash to earth at high speed added on to Earth's gravitational pull.Oops

There's a reason why the term "military intelligence" is often considered an oxymoron, in this case, emphasis on the "moron."

 

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

  • Member since
    June, 2004
  • From: 29° 58' N 95° 21' W
Posted by seasick on Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:51 PM

Nice!

Chasing the ultimate build.

  • Member since
    March, 2009
  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:40 PM

The downward firing ejection seat was later replaced with a conventual upward firing seat.  Unfortunatley, that was after there were several unsuccessful ejections.  Seemed like a good idea at the time.

John

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 17, 2017 7:43 AM

Another fantastic job! Love the NM and the red- they both look perfect. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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