1/48 Revell / Monogram F105G of Le Bourget
I've waited twenty years for a better F105G than the Revell/Monogram offering. With each new release came only disappointment. Trumpeter and Hobby Boss kits still have R/M's pointy nose. Added to that those kits have deep panel lines and exaggerated/unrealistic rivets that look more like divots.
Then they topped it off with the WRONG tail. Their kits have a 'D' tail! I'm still bewildered why some manufacturers don't start with what's on the market and research how to make it better. So I dusted off my old R/M F105G.
First fix was the nose. Too pointy. I added two vertical spreaders to the nose to create a curve down to the radome. I cut the area behind the radome to relieve stress caused by the spreaders.
Add putty and sand until you achieve the proper contour. Unfortunately the four antennas and combat camera were lost in the sanding. I replaced them with scrap styrene.
The next thing to go were the oversized cannon vents. On the left I used an Eduard PE vent and made my own for the right side from sheet styrene. After rescribing the whole plane, the hard part was over. A few other mods I made to my F105G was to drop the leading edge slats, added a splitter to the tail intake and sanded down the underwing reinforcement plates to more accurately represent the actual aircraft. The Revell/Monogram F105G is far from perfect, but no one has yet to beat it for accuracy.
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