F-84 Thunderstreak and Thunderflash in 1/72 scale: : kit review & building report
Airfix and Italeri kits
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Now, all these models are ready for applying the colour schemes.
The colour scheme  of Dash Four
demo team needs a metal look with red-white-blue Dash Four colours, whereas
schemes  and  need the standard NATO camouflage of the nineteen fifties
For natural metal, I prefer using
the ALCLAD II system, with ALC-105
polished aluminium. This requires a gloss black base coat. This model also
needs red-white-blue colours, so it was decided to avoid masking the sensitive
Alclad and starting with applying white coats at the nose, wing tips, vertical
tail and horizontal tailplanes.
When dry, the with and blue areas were masked with TAMIYA low tack tape and the red airbrushed. I used the Dutch Decalset 72042 , cutting out the mask patterns based on the red and white decals. (for the blue I will use the decals, see remarks below).
The rest of the blue colour will be
applied using the Dutch Decals.
Usually, I also add a simple coat
of Johnson Future at the back of each decal to get a better fix onto the
model. I drag each decal through a Future bath. The Future acts as a sort
of decal glue.
The roundels of the Dutch AF came from another Dutch Decals set 72029. You need to VERY carefully cut round with scissors each part of these decals to avoid very thin white edges in some places. (using a circular P-cutter is even better for this tidious work).
29, was used for models  and , which got input
from IPMS The Netherlands way back in 1975, suggested these colours for
the Dutch AF planes which are correct:
In the enamel paints box, I found the old HUMBROL "authentic colours" HX1 Dark green, HX2 Dark sea grey and HX3 PRU Blue. I suggest otherwise Humbrol respectively HU163, HU125 and HU124. (note that I did not use Extra Dark Sea Grey as this is very dark for such a small model).
First, the PRU blue was airbrushed on the under surfaces. After at least 48 hours drying time needed for the old enamel, masking was done on the PRU blue with low tack tape of TAMIYA.
Next, it was time for the camouflage.
I started first be sprayed the upper surfaces a coat of Dark sea grey.
After again 48 hours drying time, masking was needed for the Dark green.
In order to get soft demarcation camouflage
patterns, on 1/72 scale, Pritt Poster Buddies
be used. The use of poster buddies raises the mask a bit above the surface,
so when airbrushing you get a softer edge.
After the Dark green is applied with the airbrush, wait for one hour and remove the poster buddies and paper masks. Be carefull for finger prints on the still slightly wet paint. With a paper towel with a couple of Thinner drops, remove any bits of paint that creeped under the masks when needed. Next, leave aside for next 48 hours to dry.
Here model  is seen of the Airfix
Thunderstreak that will get canvas cockpit covers. I will later use maskol
to suggest the canvas.
The RF-84F Thunderflash of model  got a similar treatment, with the Modeldecal camouflage pattern seen for the Norwegian Thunderflash being used as a guide as it is OK for a Dutch AF plane as well, except note that PRU blue is the correct colour for the undersides.
Time was now taken to apply the many many smaller stencils using decals, being retrieved from the various decal sets. In fact, no decals were used from the Airfix nor Italeri kits themselves. Nearly all came from the large Modeldecalset 29 and the Dutch decal sets. The red stripes needed were cut from red decals from the decalspare box.
As noted before, the roundels of the
Dutch AF came from Dutch Decals set 72029.
The canopy edges of all model were hand painted, the interior framing also medium grey. Around the glass areas, with a very tiny paint brush, the "off white" sealing was hand painted with a steady hand.
The canopy opening mechanism for the
Thunderstreak and Thunderflash has a special system, seen here:
The undercarriages were added and the pitot tube at the wing leading edges. These were made from metal rods. The fueltanks were added and that almost completed the model.
Wing tip lights were painted as well in green and red.
For the Thunderflash, the camera windows
were closed with Micro Kristal Kleer transparant glue. It will dry
.... and the demo plane... Note that
no buzz numbers are seen on this plane.
... and the Thunderstreak with "canvas"
draped on the cockpit area. It was done with Humbrol maskol fluid,
painted brown after drying. Some straps were also added as a a real plane
these are needed to keep it in place.
That's it! The DASH model is now in possession of a former Dutch Volkel pilot, the other Dutch AF Thunderstreaks and Thunderflash of the Cold War are in the 1/72 collection. Nostalgia!
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Created September 12, 2011.
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