Tamiya 1/48th F84G Thunderjet.
Eagle strike decal set number 48143
The aircraft was a F84G of the 310th fighter bomber squadron,
58th fighter bomber wing,
I painted the model with various shades of Alclad 11 & Aeromaster acrylics
The Tow tractor is a Clark CT46 from KMC.
I purchased this Tamiya F84 from Modeltoys at North End Portsmouth (UK) on the day the shop closed, it was the last model I ever bought from Modeltoys. The owner Mike, had decided to retire. I had been buying kits from Mike for many a year. My mother first took me there, once a week in the 60’s, to buy a kit on a Saturday. Some evenings, I would walk to his shop just to look in the shop window. Years later, I would take my son there to buy kits. Mike Silk and his partner, Dick Ward produced the Modeldecal range of 1/72nd aircraft decals. I believe there were over 120 different sheets spanning over 20 years. Each sheet contained several different subjects, with black and white photos. Not only was Mike a gentlemen, but he was also a first class modeller. I can remember seeing his display cabinet at his shop with some beautiful models of Bae Hawks, decorated with decals from the Modeldecal range. He was without doubt, a very knowledgeable man when it came to aviation and models, with a great passion for his hobby. When buying a kit, he could tell you all the correct colour paints you needed. He was a walking encyclopaedia when it came to aircraft and models. Even today, I see Modeldecal sheets for sale at model shows, and modellers requesting particular sets on model forums.
When Mike retired, he attended our local IPMS Branch in the Portsmouth area. We got to see more of his superb models. Not only that, but I soon got to realise what a dry sense of humour the man had. Mike passed in 2006.
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