1/48 Monogram / Cutting Edge F-100 C Super Sabre

Gallery Article by Peter Doll on Aug 6 2010


Long time ago before Trumpeter decided to release a "C"-model of the Hun, I had already planned to build a C-model by converting Monogram's "D". When finally Cutting Edge offered a resin conversion kit and decals of one of the most gaudiest Huns ever taking into the air, I wanted to realize my plan.

Subject of CED48128 decals is Colonel George Laven's personal aircraft, serialed 54-2076. Col. Laven was a veteran ace with more than 1000 combat missions in WW II. In 1954, as the commander of the 479 TFW at George AFB, California, he picked this brand new jet from the North American factory. The last 4 numbers of the serial was the same as the P-38 he flew in 1942 and 1943.

In his personal Hun Col. Laven logged over 2000 flying hours.

Although a major conversion, building the model was surprisingly easy and no problems occured to be mentioned here.

To create the highly polished finish of Laven's bird, I used simple kitchen aluminium foil, but this time I've used the shiny side of the foil.

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Applying the decals was this time not as easy as I had expected, because even the external fuel tanks carried 4 colors around the tips causing me some problems. But it worked finally.

Looking back at my project I can say if I should do it again, I would use Trumpeter's C-model of the Hun by using Monogram's nearly correct intake. This would save me a lot of time.

Enjoy the pictures and let me know your opinion.

Peter Doll

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Photos and text by Peter Doll