Hobby Master HA2121 – 1/72 Scale F-100D Super Sabre Diecast Model
1/72 Scale Airpower Series
|Length||20.4 cm||8.00 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||9.9 cm||3.90 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot figurine
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale North American F-100D Super Sabre, USAF – Hobby Master HA2121
Hobby Master HA0197 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the North American F-100D Super Sabre, serial number 55-2894 a “MiG Killer”. Part of the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) based at Da Nang AB South Vietnam during 1965.
North American F-100 Super Sabre
The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American single-seat, single-engine, supersonic fighter-interceptor, later fighter-bomber and the first Wild Weasel air defence suppression aircraft. It was the first USAF fighter, capable of supersonic speed in level flight. The maiden flight occurred on May 25, 1953, entering service on September 27, 1954, with the 479th Fighter Wing, made its combat debut during the Vietnam War. The USAF transferred its last F-100s to the ANG in 1972, the ANG retired the type by 1980. Production ended in 1959 with 2,294 airframes of all variants completed.
Airframe construction is mainly of aluminium alloy and some titanium, a semi-monocoque fuselage with the engine air intake in the nose. The cantilevered swept-back wing, along with the all-moving tailplane are tapered and low mounted; the tailfin is swept-back. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type.
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney J57 axial-flow turbojet engine mounted in the fuselage, the F-100 has a maximum speed of 1,486 km/h (924 mph), a service ceiling of 15,000 m (50,000 ft) and range of 3,210 km (1,995 mi).
Armament of the -D variant consisted of four 20 mm (0.787 in) Pontiac M39A1 revolver cannon mounted in the nose under the engine air intake. Seven external hard-points, able to carry up to 3,190 kg (7,040lbs) of stores: one under the fuselage on the centerline and three under each wing. Ordnance included air-to-air missiles, unguided rockets, conventional and nuclear bombs, drop tanks.
On April 4, 1965, F-100D s/n 55-2894, flown by Captain Donald Kilgus of the 416th TFS, while covering a raid on the Thanh Hoa bridge, engaged four North Vietnamese MiG-17s. Kilgus claimed to have downed one; the VPAF flight leader later admitted three MiGs-17s were lost that day, giving some credence to Kilgus’s claim to have scored the first MiG kill and the only one by an F-100 of the war. The air force lists it as a “probable”.