|Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
North American F-100D Supersabre, 31 TFW / 308th TFS
Tuy Hoa, RVN, late 1969, "Maj. Don Schmenk"
|THESE ARE PRE-PRODUCTION PICTURES
NOT THE FINISHED MODEL
True 1/72 scale
Great attention to detail
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
Optional armament has been provided
Canopy displays open or closed
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
produced. The production of the F-100 ended in August 1959. The F-100D arrived in
Southeast Asia in 1962 with its primary mission being close air support and ground
attack within South Vietnam. This role was eventually taken over by the A-7 Corsair II.
The aircraft became affectionately known as “The Hun”, short for “one HUNdred”. The
last F-100 left Vietnam in July 1971 but not before 242 of these aircraft was lost. The
“Hun” was eventually replaced by the F-4 Phantom II and the F-105 Thunderchief.
Formed in February 1940 as the 31st Pursuit Group it became a TFW in 1957, the same
year they converted to F-100Ds. The 31st TFW commanded five F-100 squadrons in
South Vietnam. Major Don Schmenk of the 308th TFS, known as the “Emerald Knights”
painted two names on the nose of his F-100D. One was Carol Ann his daughter and the
other was "Mary Jane” along with a little mouse. The last name and mouse were in
honor of his wife.
Specifications for the F-100D
1 X Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A turbojet, 10,200 lb.st. dry and 16,000 lb.st. with
Wingspan 38 ft 9 in
Length - 50 ft 0 in
Height - 16 ft 2 3/4 in
Wing area - 400 sq. ft.
Maximum speed - 770 mph at sea level (clean), 864 mph (Mach 1.3) at 36,000 ft (clean).
Initial climb rate - 19,000 ft/min. An altitude of 35,000 ft could be attained in 2.3 minutes.
Service ceiling - 36,100 ft, combat ceiling 47,700 ft, absolute ceiling 50,000 ft.
Normal range - 534 mi, maximum range 1,995 mi.
Fuel capacity – 1,739 US gallons internally, total of 2,139 gallons if maximum external
fuel is carried.
Empty - 21,000 lbs
Gross - 28,847 lbs
Maximum T/O - 34,832 lbs
4 X 20-mm Pontiac M-39 cannon
6 X under-wing pylons for up to 7,040 lbs of bombs, fuel tanks, or rockets.
1 X MK-28 or Mk-43/57/61 nuclear weapon could be carried.
In later versions, 4 X AIM-9B/E/J Sidewinder air-to-air infrared homing missiles could be
This is Major Don Schmenk holding the Hobby Master
replica of the F-100 he flew in Vietnam. He also is a
collector and purchased this model and wrote Hobby
Master to tell them he was quite pleased. There isn't a
better compliment than that from the pilot who actually flew
Major Schmenk also has his own business where he hand
carves wooden aircraft replicas by commission.
DON'S Custom Models
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