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Trumpeter F-100D, Capt Ronald Swanson, 10 JUNE 1968


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This model was built to depict the F-100D flown by Captain Ronald Swanson during a ground support mission in 1968 whilst under the direction of Forward Air Controller, Flying Officer Macaulay Cottrell RAAF. It was whilst I was building Mac's O-1 Bird Dog that I had the idea to try and track down either of the F-100 pilots mentioned in the combat report written by the BLADE flight, and was successful in contacting Ronald. He agreed to be my subject pilot and this is the result.

 

Additions:

 

Aires Cockpit.
Aires Wheel Bays.
Aires Exhaust.
Zactomodels Nose Cone
Armoury Wheels.
Videoaviation BLU-27 Napalm bombs
Eduard MK-82 Snakeyes
Eduard photo etch slats
Aerobonus helmet
Master Pitot Tube

 

Modifications.

 

Scratch built seatbelts.
Scratch built pylon sway braces
Canopy hinge point moved 5 mm rearward
Main undercarriage legs shortened 3 mm
Cannon access panels moved 2 mm rearward
Various panels re scribed
Pitot tube attachment fairing rebuilt
Drop tank hard points moved 3 mm outboard
Scratchbuilt landing lights.
23mm plug to lengthen each drop tank
Other small tweaks.

 

Paint and Markings

 

MRP paints with painted markings.

 

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Thanks for the comment guys.

 

8 hours ago, BiggTim said:

Wow, cool story, and fantastic build! That finish is absolutely perfect!

 

Was Cottrell awarded the DFC?


He most certainly was as a result of that mission. Here is the model that I made of Mac’s O-1 that he flew that day, next to his DFC and other medals. And to think, this modelling adventure would possibly not have happened if I hadn’t noticed a Mirage lapel pin that Mac was wearing on his jacket when I was at a model show a few years back.

 

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