This is Monogram's kit with Black Box interior. The napalm tanks came from a pair of Monogram A-10s. The kit drop tanks were lengthened to represent the 335 gallon jobs that were used as the Viet Nam war progressed.
The markings are of the 522nd TFS that flew out of Da Nang August to November 1964. Squadron markings come from the C & H two F-100F conversion kit. I sprinkled various stencil markings from a Pro-Modeler F-86D sheet. I'm told the airplanes arrived in Viet Nam wearing buzz numbers, but were removed as time allowed.
The silver finish reflects the
silver laquer paint jobs natural metal TAC airplanes recieved before everything
was covered with green, green and tan. I mixed some light gray into Model
Master Chrome Silver to seriously dull it. The burnt aft end is the Chrome
Silver darkened a couple times with gloss dark brown. The distinctive
vertical bands were airbrushed with very thinned dark brown then further
darkening where needed with dark blue. For those interested in hardware I
use a Paasche H single action. Nothing fancy at all.
Photos and text © by Patrick Hawkey