visiting the USAF museum in Dayton, Ohio I called my dad and told him about the
aircraft he used to work on while at North American Aviation back in the day.
There was the XB-70, X-15, and the F-107A. North American made some
marvelous aircraft back in the day. Dad began to tell me about the F-107A.
His good friend developed the induction system which is the most identifiable
visual aspect of this airplane. I found this 1/72 kit and decided to make
it for him for Christmas.
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couldn’t leave well enough alone so I checked to see what could be done
about upgrading the model. I ended up adding the following…
Company resin cockpit set. I in turn modified everything aft of the
ejection seat to reveal all the plumbing and such in those small windows
behind the cockpit.
used Mike Grant instrument decals to complete all the instruments on the
tubes from HobbyDecal (the long RAF offering) in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale
for the long one on the nose and the short one on the starboard wingtip.
and Verlinden dry transfers for the stenciling.
Stripe decals from Xtradecal.
purchased a reference book, North American F-107A from Air Force Legends
which served as a great reference and an additional gift for dad.
Goethe already did a very nice article about this kit so I’ll not bother you
with the details again. I did make a case from oak with a Plexiglas cover
and added a tarmac surface made from poster board and painted with Floquil
concrete. Dad really enjoyed it. I think it brought back a lot of
good memories of his friend and this wonderful airplane.