Republic F 105 D Thunderchief
This is the classic Monogram Thud in 1/48 scale. The model depicts the Thud flown by Capt. Peter Foley on 13 March 1968. This Thud belonged to the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing. The 469th “Fighting Bulls” reached the 30 000 flight hour mark on 13 March 1968. Captain Foley piloting this F 105 was part of that historic flight in 1968. Captain Foley also completed his 119th mission over North Vietnam on that day.
The model was completed OOB. The only scratch built items added were a Pitot tube fashioned out of a sewing needle, some hydraulic lines to the undercarriage and static dischargers added to the wings, fin and stabilizers. The model was painted with Modelmaster enamels and weathered with Doc O’ Brien’s weathering powders. The tan colour seem to have faded somewhat in the photos that I found of the Thuds belonging to the 469th. This seem much lighter than the standard Tan in the SEA Tactical scheme. This might be due to the nature of the film used in the photos or due to the bleaching effect of the Sun. Albeit, I went for the bleached weathered look to capture the feel of a well used Thud that regularly went downtown. I particularly like the inscription on the centreline bomb “flowerpower” which I think was in reference to the “Daisy cutter” fuse extensions and not the Hippie / Anti-war movement.
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