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Readers’ Gallery: Hutch’s 1/48 Trumpeter F-100F

Here is part two of Dale “Hutch” Hutchinson’s dual Trumpeter F-100 build. You can see his F-100D here. Great work Hutch!

Here are the pics I promised for the completed F-100F Trumpeter 1:48.  Same comments I made about the D apply here.  It was a fun build…  I did Eduard PE in the pit as well as Legend AM seats.

This aircraft is the one Gabreski flew as part of the 354th TFW, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1959.  Decals were from SuperScale and they went down as flawlessy as the AeroMaster decals for the D.

Again, Alclad was used for the NMF.

3 thoughts on “Readers’ Gallery: Hutch’s 1/48 Trumpeter F-100F”

  1. Regarding the F-100F: Wow!! Another stunning example of an F-100! Nice build and excellent paint job. I especially like the tarnished metal effect along the rear fuselage. This model belongs in a museum or some sort of display area where throngs of people can see it. This website is a great start.

  2. I wasn’t aware that Colonel Francis Gabreski flew the “Wild Weasel” version of the F-100, which strikes me as very odd because he was a consummate fighter pilot with 34 and 1/2 kills dating back to Korea and WWII (he became an ace in both wars). Does anyone know if he flew this aircraft as some sort of special training program for “Wild Weasel” back-seaters? I’m just curious as to why a great fighter pilot would be “demoted” (so to speak) to flying “Wild Weasels”. Did his career as a fighter pilot come to a close because of his age, slowed reflexes, poor eyesight or some other developing weakness? I’m just curious.

  3. The F-100F was intended to be a two seat trainer. It wasn’t until 1965 when the two seat F model was pressed into service as a SAM hunter killer (Wild Weasel). The two seat F-100F also saw service in Vietnam as “Misty FAC” – or foward air control. To say that either of these assignments were a “demotion” is hardly accurate. Both missions were some of the most dangerous in the skies over North Vietnam. In the particular case of the Weasels, this mission was highly secretive and crews were hand selected from the top pilots and SAC EWOs (Electronic Warfare Officers) – primarily from B-52s. Their primary mission was to “dogfight” with a Mach 3 missile roughly the size of a telephone pole. This truly required the best the USAF had to offer. A great read is “First In, Last Out: Stories by the Wild Weasels”. If you are an aviation or history buff you won’t be able to put it down.

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