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George Johnson
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KC-97 Refueling an F-84- 1/72 scale

November 12, 2015 · in Aviation · · 18 · 3.7K

This is a combination of two kits- the Academy K-97 and I can't remember the manufacturer of the (great little kit, though). Pretty much straight out of the box with a couple of slight modifications. Both models were painted (many times unsuccessfully) with Alclad paints. I got it right after the 4th or 5th try. This won best Natural Metal Finish n McMinnville, OR this year. No, I am not considering ever using clear acrylic rod to support my models. There's a massive, super strong structure inside the fuselage of the KC-96 that holds a threaded receiver for the long screw that's inside the blue tube. It prevents the model from rotating and interfering with the alignment of the F-84 (that rotates freely on a K-wire used for pinning bones together).

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  1. brilliant! super job George.

  2. That's beautiful and what a telling diorama this pair makes. IIRC the F-84 kit could have been Tamiya or Academy.

  3. The NMF on that KC-97 is outstanding! Your persistence really paid off!

  4. So many awards! Why have I never heard of you?

  5. Nice finish, great builds and display George

  6. Where did you get the decals?

    Nice work.

  7. Really nice George, and really nice to see it again. I was at the Mac show this year, and to anyone reading this, it is as nice in person as what you see here. Very good work George !

  8. I think the F-84 was made by Minicraft.

  9. Great idea and beautifully finished.

  10. Just beautifully done! I'm a fan of posing them "in-flight" (only way I build them), so I have a special affinity for this one. As stated above, great work on the NMF finish, especially on the KC-97.

  11. Another stunning build! Great idea also.

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