KC-97 Refueling an F-84- 1/72 scale
This is a combination of two kits- the Academy 1/72 K-97 and I can't remember the manufacturer of the F-84 (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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