by Bob Aikens
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Here is the venerable
Monogram F-101B. This kit was first released, I think, in 1982 and is
still going strong. It remains the only show in town for 1/48 scale
Voodoos. Nothing much but the decal sheets has changed on this kit over
the last 20 years or so, but if retooled, I think it would be a superb
Veteran modelers will
probably remember when Monogram was the standard for cockpit detail-it
wasn't always accurate, but it was always nicely done and great for
drybrushing! But so much for nostalgia.
This model was built for
the 'Canadiana' section of the Maritime Modeler's Meet for 2002. It
wasn't meant to be a show stopper, just to have good paint job and a
The model is very
literally 'straight from the box'.
The overall painting was
done with Testor's Aircraft Grey Gloss. Testor does produce a Canadian
Voodoo Grey,but I couldn't wait to procure it. The CVG, I believe has an
ever-so-slightly bluer tone.
Decaling was done with
the Belcher decal sheet BD-9 - CF-101 Voodoos. Any operational
CF-101 can be built up from this sheet!
My Voodoo represents
CF-101B 101025, based at CFB Chatham in 1984. Chatham is several hundred
miles north-west of Halifax, in the Province of New Brunswick.
Chatham Voodoos made
their last flights in 1984 and the airbase was subsequently closed.
However, one of Chatham's Voodoos can still be seen in commemorative
markings at the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum adjacent to the Halifax
Man, what a beast. The
Lynx still lives!
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