The F-105 Thunderchief was developed as a supersonic fighter/bomber that saw extended service in the skies over Vietnam, In a late development to improve visual and blind bomb targeting, extensive radar equipment was added that required an external housing along the spine. The thirty F-105s with this equipment were given the designation of Thunderstick II. The F-105 excelled at low altitude bombing, but this made it an easy target for enemy missiles. With its high loss rate, it earned the nickname ”Thud” because that was the sound it made when it hit the ground. The F-105 could carry a bigger bomb load than a B-17 in World War II.
This model kit arrived to my office and I couldn’t wait to take a peak inside the box. I was surprised to find one big bird inside. The fuselage halves are big at a length of 16 7/8” and 8 3/4” wingspan, see the picture next to a ruler. There are some molding lines to deal with but these are very well controlled around the parts, especially the small ones. For a kit of this level, price range and age, one could expect some level of flash. To my surprise, there is little to no flash on this sample.
The panel lines are raised. But the main wings and fuselage halves fall together very nice and will require little filling and sanding. There are some gaps on the wing spar to fuselage seen on the pictures. They are there because the masking tape holding them together is not strong enough, so relax. Decals quality are on par with other Revell models from the same range. Good in my honest opinion. Markings are provided for 2 different aircraft on the last page of the instructions. Feel free to check those markings on the picture below.
- # of parts: 87
- Molded in Light Gray
- Cockpit Detail and Pilot Figure
- 2 types of under wing bombs + drop tanks
- Kit # 85-5866
- MSRP $21.99 USD
I’m glad to see the 105D Thunderstick II in my favorite 1/48th scale. We can’t beat that price and even out of the box its is evident that it will build to a nice model.
My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.