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F-84C Kitbash

January 26, 2015 in Aviation

F-84C-11-RE 47-1531 in Oregon ANG service. This is a model of the only Thunderjet to serve, albeit very shortly, with the ORANG.

Fuselage and canopy are Tamiya 48th F-84G shortened 15″ in scale. I made the masters for the early wings and main gear doors using Tamiya, RevMonProMod, and Aires parts, and sheet stock. I made the masters for the early wheels by combining parts from several kits. The speed brake is a combination of Tamiya and RMPM parts. I scratch built the master for the early pilot seat using sheet lead and various plastic stock. The masters were handed over to Harold at AMS Resin and he resin cast the wings, main gear doors, wheels and pilot seat for me. The nose gear well and intake splitter part, the cockpit, and the tailpipe and shroud are from Harolds F-84G resin set. The instrument panel is sheet stock. I made the graphics for the decals for the instrument panel and all exterior, except for national insignia, using PhotoShop. The decals were printed on clear decal film using an Epson inkjet printer. NMF is Testors Metalizers, and other paints are Testors Enamels.

The Blackbird in one of the photos is a Testors YF-12A 48th kitbashed to F-12B as a “what if” in ORANG livery like used on their F-15s based at Portland.

The last two photos are the only two reference photos I’ve been able to find.

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6 responses to F-84C Kitbash

  1. You put some serious effort into this Bruce and it turned out great. How long did the project take you?

  2. All that extra effort has paid off handsomely in this build. Well done!!!!

  3. Boy, when you said “kitbash”, you meant KITBASH…! That’s a mighty fine lookin’ early F-84. But I’d like to see more of the G-model peeking out in that one pic. AND, more pics of that SR-71….they both look like they’re pretty neat builds.

  4. That’s one helluva project. Great result!

  5. Al, took about too months once I got serious about it. It is well to note I did the masters for the wings and early pilot seat about five years before I did the F-84C build. Thanks all for the kind comments. Since I have a kinda-sorta evening free, I’ll add more articles.

  6. All that work and research has really paid off, Bruce, great result.

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