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1/48 scale Heller RF-84F Thunderflash 127 TRW Michigan ANG circa 1970

February 9, 2014 · in Aviation · · 7 · 2.1K

i started this kit over 20 years ago and decided to start building again. so i dragged it out and finished it. the cockpit tub was lost as where the dive brakes,etc. i cobbled some up out of spares,junk and flotsam. this is favorite subject of mine due to the fact i lived 2 miles from the runway these aircraft used while stationed at detroit wayne county airport(DTW).

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  1. Looks nice from here, Michael, are there any more photographs?

  2. Welcome back, Michael! That's a fine looking model. The airplanes you're familiar with always make the best subjects.

  3. Michael,
    Sometimes it just takes that final touch to finish a beautiful painting or model. Your taking that time has paid off with this beauty.

  4. i used my crummy cell phone to do they 2 photos i have...i had to take about 10 pics before i got 2 that were any good at all. i am going to recruit the wife into taking some pics with her camera

  5. nice to see something different

  6. Nice job on the Thunderflash! Superscale made an awesome decal sheet for this as a natural metal bird. I've had one of these in my stash for years, just never started it because I was always let down by the cockpit. (Although the rest of the kit fits beautifully!) After Monograms kit of the F-84F, I'm a little spoiled. I honestly think the cockpit in that model was their best effort, even to this day! (The B-29 was not far behind!) Methinks I'll dig mine out!

    BTW, how did Republic get away with using F-84 on three different planes? (Well the did at least put an "R" in front of F-84F for yours!

    • It was to do with budget allocations. If they kept the same number it was development money rather than capital expenditure. This didn’t need political approval.

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