F-84G Thunderjet in 1/72 scale: : kit review & building report
Academy and Heller kits
The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was a American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft of which development started in the Second World War. It first flew after many problems in 1946 as jet engines were a new way of propulsion. The definitive F-84G model was introduced in 1951.
The Thunderjet became the Air Force's primary strike aircraft during the Korean War. More than 7500 jets were produced and many supplied to NATO countries because of the Cold War. It was also the first jet aircraft to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team. The USAF Strategic Air Command had F-84 Thunderjets in service from 1948 through 1957.
In plastic modelling various kits appeared, and in 1/72 scale these models are presented:
kit no 1617 is very good with no mistakes at all. You can choose
between the F-84E or G, between several types of air brakes and some panels
in the forward fuselage. Cockpit detail is also very good. NO filler is
needed what so ever. Stores include rockets and bomb and the obvious wingtip
The instructions are very good and you get a separate markings sheet and very good and large decalsheet. Parts look good as well as the instructions with nice cockpit detail in the kit.
came from Dutch decal set 72042 but
also the older set 72022 was used which contains some extra stencilling
of the F-84G. The white round frame cockpit on the cockpit is supplied
on this last sheet as well as some smaller stencilling.
The model depicts a F-84G from 316 squadron, Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu), Code TC-22 based at Eindhoven Air Base in 1952-1956. Typically in that period each airbase and squadron had its own colour used in the markings. The squadron colour was orange and the air base colour light blue.
The decalsheets are excellent although
you will need to cut in the decal of the rounded nose band. I also overpainted
it later on in the same colour and also painted the wingtip tanks fins
The model took a very small amount of time and the result is a neat very fine model! Recommended!
Also shown here is the older Heller model of the F-84G Thunderjet, finished here in the colours and markings of 49 bombgroup, USAF, as deployed in Korea.
Here the parts are seen from a kit
of a friend of mine:
The kit has raised panellines but the shape is good. I retained the raised panellines.
real F-84 of the USAF Thunderbirds
HobbyBoss also issued a very nice kit in 2010 of the F-84G Thunderjet, with several marking options. This kit appears at first impression a very simple snap together kit with only a few parts, but looking more closely it is very detailed and accurate. This 1/72 model was purchased for less than 4 EURO!
Panellines are finely recessed and the fit is good.
(NOTE: HobbyBoss mid july 2011 also came up with a 1/32 scale Thunderjet F-84E, a very good kit. Will be subject of a modelling report later on this website)
The schemes provided include a F-84G of the 58 FBG used in Korea in 1953 and a very nice USAF Thunderbirds scheme. [Thunderbirds site...]
The decal sheet is wel printed.
Two separate panels are there in the
lower front fuselage, probably to issue another variant like the F-84E
In the bays, adequate moulded details
After the grey base coat, the model received a coat of gloss black and, when dry, a coat of Johnson Future to ensure that a very smooth finish is there. Next, a couple of coats of ALCLAD II gloss Aluminium were applied with the airbrush.
The decals are very thin, ensure to
position each decal in the correct place at once as much as possible to
avoid cracking the decal. Although I used ample amounts of decal setting
of DACO , the wing tip tank decals
did not fit 100%, so some retouching was needed with gloss red paint. Also,
the "blue" had to be painted in many places.
The canopy has framing and this was
made from aluminium foil strips cut from BARE
METAL FOIL with a very sharp scalp. Note also the circular shape.
Tamiya also issued a very nice F-84G kit in 1999. Kit no. 60745 has about 100 parts.
Assembly was done as per instructions after some pre-painting of parts while still on their sprues. The Tamiya fits very good with no putty required.
When assembled, the kit got the same painting approach as the Hobbyboss model made. After a base coat, the model received a coat of gloss black with the airbrush using gloss acrylic Revell black. Next and when dry, a coat of Johnson Future to ensure that a very smooth finish is there.
After masking, the olive drab (using Gunze Sangyo acrylic 303 field green) was airbrushed in front of the windscreen and on the fuselage spine. Masking was done with low tack tape.
Than a couple of coats of ALCLAD II gloss Aluminium were applied with the airbrush. Always wear a face mask!
Many Thunderjets had aluminium paint
applied to some lower surfaces to prevent to quick damage from operating
from rough runways. This was airbrushed on the Alclad coat using matt aluminium
of Revell Aqua 99 acrylic.
It would be nice to make a bit unusual Thunderjet. From Hi Decal Line decalset 72047 was obtained and it has decals for an Iranian Imperial Air Force F-84G. This IIAF aircraft operated from Mehrabad AFB around 1960. From the Tamiya kit decals, various airframe stencilling was used.
The seat as in the kit was painted a mix of grey and green and installed, this completed a very nice F-84G of an unusual airforce.
The Imperial Iranian Air Force under the Sjah operated about 69 Republic F-84G from May 1957 until December 1965. Pilots were first trained also with the USAF in Germany. Iranian F-84's were mostly flown from Tehran and Mehrabad bases. Also the aerial demonstration team "Golden Crown" flew the Thunderjet.
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