Revell 1/48 Republic F-105D Thunderchief

with Eduard photo-etched detail set

US Air Force, 34th TFS, 388th TFW, Thailand 1968

Revell re-released the Monogram F-105D in 2000 in the UK for a bargain £10. The basic kit is quite detailed, but I decided to add an Eduard photo-etch set and rescribe the raised panel lines. The detail set is quite comprehensive and includes new cockpit components, intake splitter plates, jet exhaust, antennae and other assorted bits-and-bobs. The kit nose is, to my eyes, too pointed — the real aircraft has a curved nose whereas that in the kit is straight, but I didn’t modify it. I replaced the nose pitot with brass tube and wire, and sanded of the reinforcing plates which were features of later D-models. The model was painted with Humbrol enamels, and I think I grabbed the wrong tin for the undersides — it’s not quite the right shade. I used the kit decals, and they were not great being out-of-register and resistant to decal solvents. The main problem with this model is the undercarriage. I tried to get the Aeroclub metal replacement, but could not find a set. To make matters worse, the axle on one leg snapped off. I’ve replaced it with wire, but to no avail: both main wheels cant inwards at a nasty angle.

Year bought: 2000 (A model shop in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge)

Year built: 2004 (Victoria Road, Cambridge)

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