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North American F-100D Super Sabre. . The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the USAF and a few other contries from 1954 to as late as 1979. As the first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters , it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. The F-100 was designed by North American Aviation as a high performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter. . Missing the F-100 Super Sabre in my collection of RDAF aircrafts, I decided it to be my next LEGO model. I always hesitate to build models that all ready are represented with very good or even excellent versions, and in this case there are some brilliant versions from (Lego Pilot) Wayne, Ralph Savelsberg and in particular Cody Osell. Having seen Cody´s excellent model I decided to use the same wedge pieces for the nose section as he did, but everything else is my own design. Funny thing though is that we ended up using the same pieces for the landing gear wheels and the main fuselage section, although my version has a slightly (half plate) raised middle section, to give it a little more curve of the upper side. The wings however are very different. The rear wings are angled at exactly 45 deg to the fuselage, and built as one continuous plate. The main wings are also angled at nearly 45 deg, built individually, and attached with hinges inside the fuselage. Using this technique led to a very thin looking wing with a nice and clean leading edge. The model is equipped with two 450 US gal (1730 l.) droptanks and 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The color scheme is chosen from a period in the mid sixties, when ESK 727 had their F-100s painted with the distinctive red nose and striping. A single aircraft painted this way can be seen at Danmarks Flymuseum in Stauning, Denmark. The model has no working features and is solely built for display. About the RDAF North American F-100D Super Sabre: As a successor to the F-84G, squadron ESK 727 received 17 F-100D and 3 F-100F in 1959. Two years later also ESK 725 and ESK 730 received 31 F-100D and 7 F-100F leading to a total of 58 fighter aircraft. The delivery of these aircrafts was part of the postwar Military Assistance Programme. Due to a lot of incidents and accidents, many aircrafts were lost, and by the end of 1966 only 41 aircrafts remained, and because of the Vietnam war it was impossible get any replacement. In 1974 a new opportunity opened to buy 14 two-seater F-100F from USAF. After a number of modifications, to suit the Danish standards, these aircrafts were designated TF-100F. In 1976 to 77 again a lot of planes were lost, this time because of bad service quality from the companies servicing the J-57 jet engine. Over the past years a lot of changes and modifications was made to the F-100; Navigation system, bombsight, and weapon systems. In august 1982 the F-100 Super Sabre flew for the last time, ending an era of 23 years with the Royal Danish Airforce. Specifications: Crew: 1 Dimensions: wingspan 38 ft 9 in (11,81 m) length 50 ft 0 in (15,2 m) height 16 ft 3 in (4.95 m) Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J-57-P-21/21A turbojet, 10.200 lbf (45 kN), 16.000 lbf (71 kN) with afterburner Performance: max speed 864 mph (1.390 km/h), Mach 1,3 range 1.733 miles (3210 km) service ceiling 50.000 ft (15,000 m) rate of climb 22.400 ft/min (114 m/s) Weight: empty 21.000 lb (9.500 kg) max 34.832 lb (15.800 kg) Armament: Guns: 4x 20mm (0.787 in) Pontiac M39A1 revolver cannon w/200 rpg Missiles: 4x AIM-9 Sidewinder or 2x AGM-12 Bullpup or 2x or 4x LAU-3/A 2.75 in (70 mm) unguided rocket dispensers Bombs: 7.040 lb (3.190 kg) conventional or special. More informations about the North American F-100D Super Sabre at Wikipedia. More pictures on my Flickr Hope you enjoy the pictures.


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