1/48 F-84G Thunderjet
The Revell 1/48 is a recent reissue with different markings. The kit is stamped with 1999 year. Kit details and info:
Product ID: 85-5481
Skill Level 2
Wingspan: 10-1/2″ Parts: 112
Although it proved to be the most effective and successful fighter-bomber in the Korean Conflict, the contributions of the F-84G Thunderjet go well beyond even those accomplishments. The Thunderjet was the first production fighter-bomber to be fitted with in-flight refueling capability and it was the first fighter-bomber to have the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon. Features weighted tires, recessed panel lines and standing pilot figure.
Optional armament, nuclear bomb, 250 lb. bombs or 5″ HVAR rockets. Authentic markings included for F-84G, 51-0896, 77th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 20th Fighter Bomber Wing, 1952 and F-84G, 51-10651 9th Fighter Bomber Squadron, Tregu, Korea, 1953. Molded in light gray and clear.
Building the kit:
This F-84G was started a few months ago after announcing its release. But I’ve got involved in other projects and the kit with finished cockpit and wheel wells painted, went back to its box. As some of you might have read, I build my kits mostly out-of-the-box. Something that caught my eye after opening the box was the level of detail on the stock cockpit and the wheel wells too. Speaking wheel wells, the included landing gear is well detailed, but the nose landing gear is rather flimsy.
I will suggest to be careful with the nose weight and/or consider a white metal landing gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions. Fuselage halves fit is very nice with little sanding and filling required. Wings to fuselage fit is also very clean with no filling (IMHO) required. Because both markings for this F-84G calls for natural metal finish, it is good to start with good overall fits and the Revell F-84G offers a good base for the metal finish ahead.
Painting the Revell F-84G:
After all the main parts were assembled, sanding the joints is crucial. Metal finish is very unforgiving but as I mentioned before, the overall fit is very good and that’s a very good start. Although I have a positive experience with Alclad 2 metal finishes, I have used Model Master Aluminum Plate (buffing) for the platting effect on other models. I love the finish of Testor’s Model Master Aluminum Plate (buffing) either in spray can or airbrush.
I took the kit outdoors and painted the whole model with a spray can. 30 minutes later I was buffing the finish with good quality (soft) paper towel and cotton swabs on those hard to reach areas. An Ultra Fine Sanding Stick from Squadron, helped me achieve the circular motion tiny scratches look on aluminum.
The F-84G kit includes a MK 7 Nuclear Weapon which in the instructions call for Silver but I did painted it with Alclad 2 DURALUMINUM (ALC 102). The flaps were also painted with Alcad 2.
Decals on this kit are thin but strong. The white sections from the decals tend to be a little be translucent but no biggie in my opinion. They responded very well to Micro Scale Decal setting solution and the Model Master Metalizer did not reacted adversely to the decal setting solution which was used selectively on receded panel lines. I refrained from using Metalizer Sealer as it tends to dull of the metal finish.