Monogram 1/48 F-84F Thunderstreak
Another one of those old Monogram kits you can pick up at a show for a few dollars. Development began by Rebublic slapping some swept wings on an F-84E but then they completely redesigned it around the J-65 engine and the Thunderstreak took to the air in 1952. Used as escorts for B-36 bombers, flown by the Tactical Air Commad, NATO nations and lots of Air Guard units this bird flew until 1971 when they were finally scrapped due to corrosion problems. Built OOB, with Tamiya rattle can paint and Squadron decals and finished with Future because the Air Guard units seemed to always have nice bright clean jets. No putty as the fit was great and the cockpit was really nice as well. Thought it looked best closed and of course I couldn’t help but do the iron bombs. Interesting fact is this bird could carry a tactical nuclear weapon and pilots trained in how to toss it at a target.
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