Sending picture of my F-100 painted in a Sky Blazer scheme. Fly's like a sport jet with power to spare with a Jet Central Cheetah. Thanks for designing a great F-100.
Hi again Patty and Heather
After a long build, my F-100D has finally taken to the air.. As you can see I have detailed it to represent a Vietnam combatant, with all the paint flaws, dirt and wear that these aircraft exhibited when in combat..
The test flight went very smoothly, and although I would not say the F-100 is a trainer, it is very predictable, quite stable and was easy enough in the landing pattern.
One of the great things about building a BVM model, is knowing that at the end of the process, when you have put in a lot of effort, the finished product is a known quantity, and will perform well in the air.
Roger Perrett (Sydney)
Dave A. Phillips
Hi Bob, Patty,
Maidened my new BVM F-100 painted in the Skyblazers scheme. Rob Lynch did a fabulous job doing final rigging, setup and maiden flight. Rob and I did 8 flights on it and it flies amazingly, like all BVM Jets.
Editior Note: Paul did the paint work and used BVM's Jet Metal for the aluminum finish (part # PA-SR-1970) and BVM's Hot Section Paint Kit (part # BVM1955)
Featured at a recent weekend
jet meeting in Doha, Qatar was Nasser Al-Rabban and Khalid Kamal
Naji PhD with
Awesome flying site!
Here are some pictures of my F-100D. The best scale plane I ever had.
From: Rafael Villeda
Dear Patty and Crew,
Thank you so much for such a great jet. The build, though intense and long, was fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The first flight was nothing short of magical. I am looking forward to having this jet as another BVM "old faithful". Building and flying a BVM F-100 is a milestone in one's R/C career and I can say that I've done it!
Thought that I would send you these pictures from the 2013 U.S. Scale Masters. It was held in Davis Calf. (near Sacramento) a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time visiting and competing, meeting new friends and seeing a number of old ones. As you can see in the attached pictures we were fortunate to achieve a first place finish in the Advance category. This category judges static of the aircraft along with five flight rounds. There is no builder of the model rule in this category. The aircraft scored a 98.5 in static and along with some decent flight rounds I was able to beat out another BVM F-100 flown by Jack G. Diaz for first place. Needless to say the BVM F-100’s ruled the day in this class. Thanks for a great reliable product and awesome support.
Snyder Signs, Inc.
& Karen Phillips
Dear Patty and Bob
Had a free afternoon and figured it was time to put the good old "Hun" thru its paces. This is still my favorite jet in the fleet. The "Hun" is super sleek, and super fast. ThanksDr Shani Studnik
Dear Bob, Patty, Dustin and the whole BVM Crew,
I would just like to say thank you to everyone there for another great product. I attended the 59th Weak Signals R/C Expo this past weekend and for the first time in my thirty-seven years of being in the hobby I brought an air plane for the competition and display area.
Well to my surprise I ended up taking home first place in the jet category. So I thought I would just send you some pictures that where taken. I would also like to let you know that Terry Nitsch took home second place and The Best finish awards with his Skymaster F-86 Sabre. Congrats Terry.
Attached are some of the pictures of my F-100 D from the 2011 World Jet Masters in Dayton, Ohio. I started this project back in 2006, after being inspired by Joe Grice's model which graced the pages of RCJI! The kit was an awesome build. Lots of fun and very rewarding at the same time. Jetcat P-160 for power, 12X guidance, JR and Hitec Titanium servos. Pro-Mark markings.
This Jet was entered as a Team effort with John Wiebe of Model Aviation Products (MAP) as the pilot (left in picture) and myself as the builder/spotter.
We test flew the model only 3 days prior to the event, yet we were confident that things would go smoothly. The F-100 flew as if on rails. Very solid and smooth.
The best part of the event was when an Airforce Veteran noticed the markings of my F-100 and recognized them as his friends aircraft from Vietnam!!! He discussed many aspects of the real F-100,its maintenance, and stressed how much more dirty the real jet was. The original Pilot was Capt. Don Kilgus.
Thanks again for the great Jet KITS !
Here are a couple shots of my F100D, finished in Flight Metal, ProMarks Graphics, P160SX, All JR servos. Flies like an arrow, lands where you tell it to. Simply awesome! Thanks again! :)Shazam S. Kianpour, Esq.
Bob, Patty, Dustin & everybody at BVM,
Shani Studniks BVM F-100 at Monster Planes 2011.
From: Khalid Naji
This is to confirm my 5th flight on Bob's personal F100D model. Although I have flown many F100s I have to confirm this one is the best I have ever had.
It feels so light and very stable despite the years of service on this BVM bird. Additionally, the Titan power is just more than adequate for this model, and I have confirmed that model in 40 C degree during summer. Basically, I am honored to have Bob's personal model and glad for such deal.
Please convey my best regards to Bob.
Well, It took a long time, but we are ready. Detailing the plane after it was flown in primer was a great decision. It builds confidence, knowing you are finishing a model that will fly great.
The plane is finished in Flite Metal, which is great for people that do not have much time to paint. Come in at night and do a few panels. Piece of cake ! I used Pro-mark graphics and as always the results are outstanding. Reliable Jet cat P-160 for power and a JR 12X DSM2 for all the avionics.
Looking forward for many future sorties! Thanks to the BVM team.
Well it has been probably 7 years since I purchased the F-100 from BV. Too many things in the way, but this morning Ricardo and I maiden the Hun in primer. Right now I am kicking myself for taking this long to finish the plane. This thing flies absolutely awesome! Solid, stays where you put it and the landing are a breeze, power on approach and nothing but perfection. In this era of ARF’s many people do not know what they are missing when building a BVM kit. At this point I am looking forward to detailing my HUN. Keep it up Bob, looking forward for your next scale kit.
Hi Ali, Patty,
To inform you that after months of building and finishing I flew my “Hun” for the first time yesterday at my “grass” field. To steady my nerves and get that “High Performance” jets feeling I flew my Rafale first! The similarity between the two jets was incredible! The F-100 has a very strong and solid feel. That combined with the realistic “Jet” sound makes for quite an impressive plane!
On the first flight the CG was slightly forward which I will adjust before the next flight. The F-100 presented surprises and responds precisely to the control inputs especially the elevator. Marvelous!
While the F-100 is very powerful and fast, when it is time to land, with slats and flaps extended it is very solid and stable. With approx. 50% power the landing pattern is superb and easy, allowing for very precise and realistic landings. A dream for pilots and awesome for spectators!
Before the next flight I will be adding Gyros, Speed Brake, and the Drag Chute. I will also be adding some finishing touches with ProMark Rivets and a Scale Canopy (I built a motorized canopy that replicates the full scale in appearance and duration). I will send your videos and pictures.
An incredible plane BVM has developed! The plane has safely landed, but personally I am still in the clouds!!
From: Al's Hobbies Jet Centre
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 11:10 AM
Subject: Als Hobbies
Just a quick email to say how delighted I was with my first flights of my F-100. The model is ex Ian Richardson built. Its nearly 10 years old and as fresh and solid as many a new model I have owned. It flew just as everyone said it would.. On rails! Yes its fast, yes its heavy but it with this comes the type of solid sit in the air that I have had to fit gyros in other models to replicate. There is allot of hype about some models, but I am glad to report that the F-100 is everything that all those pilots rave about.
From: Patrick Frost
Bob and Patty,
I am absolutely speechless when it comes to my new F-100D! I have dreamed of owning one of these for years and have loved the detail and engineering that BVM has crafted into this timeless aircraft. Believe me when I say this bird flies as good as it looks! I have owned every modern day scale BVM aircraft except for the large Sabre and I must say that this is the best flying scale jet I have flown to date. It tracks silky smooth and has no bad characteristics. The Hun had 6 flights with my JR 10X radio and I recently converted it to the new JR 12x 2.4Ghz radio and flew it at Cincinnati Jets and I must say that there is a major difference and a sense of "instant connection". I simply cannot wait to crank out many more flights on this beauty.
The F-100D was built by Gary Jefferson and painted with Metal Kote II and painted with PPG - superbly done by Ben Burden. The Hun has 40,000 rivets and Nomenclature by Pro-Mark Graphics. I have since created a fully functional canopy with dual locking mechanisms and a detailed cockpit. I have also installed Details 4 Scale: drogue chute, lighting system, armament, nose gear strut, antennas, tail hook, and much more! I have created some extreme weathering on this Hun but it is the way I believe them to have looked during the Vietnam Era.
If anyone is interested in a genuine scale Jet................this is the one!
Khalid Naji of Doha, Qatar is the proud owner of this beautiful Flite-Metal'd F-100D built by Max Ahlmen of Sweden. Pro-Mark Graphics were used to replicate this D model. Power is provided by a Simjet Nexus and the model flies excellent. Khalid is a very active BVM modeler in Qatar enjoying his Super Bandit as well.
Jim Jensen of Minnetonka, Minnesota brought his F-100D down
to Florida for the initial test flights. As you can see by the smiles, all went
well. The model is equipped with all JR radio gear and an AMT Netherlands Pegasus
HP for power.
Mark Taylor has refinished his Hun in Flite-Metal for Top Gun 2005. Mark's F-100D looks brilliant with the new finish and he utilized the BVM F-100 Hot Section Detail Kit to simulate the rear Titaniun hot section.
Candy Striped Hun
Jack Diaz's choice to model the F-100D of the 48th Tactical Fighter
Wing with special TFW Weapons Team markings is an excellent one.
These two F-100D models (above and below) were professionally built by BVM Rep Kelly Rhorbach for David Soufer and John Payne of southern California. Both models are finished with Coverite Presto and PPG paint with ProMark rivets and nomenclature. These models are completely detailed and feature custom opening canopy's. As with most scale models, the photos hardly do them justice.
Dan Avilla accomplished one of our favorite paint schemes with this
insignia red and Coverite Presto covered F-100D.
Ian Richardson of Perma-Grit Tools built this beautiful F-100D and joined up with Steve Elias for Top Gun '02, finishing 2nd in Team Scale. Ian's F-100 is finished with BVM Metal-Kote.
Joe Grice has
been working on this project for about a year and has "fine tuned" the art of
duplicating an all Aluminum aircraft.
And it flies?
Now check out Mitch's Top Gun '02
We received a call from Paul
Bageman telling us about his first successful F-100 flights. Paul applied some
extra effort to make his canopy open and close by remote control and he proved
that it actually stays down and locked in flight.
Chris Huhn logged the first 5 flights on his F-100D July 21-22 using a Jet-Cat P120 for power. The model is in primer now, but will receive a Thunderbird paint scheme for Superman 2002.