1/48 Monogram Pro-Modeler F-84 Thunderjet
This is a fairly older model I finally decided to build last year. It sat in my stash for many years. I do apologize for the terrible picture quality, unfortunately they are the only pictures I have left of this model. The model was sold some time ago.
The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on four parts trees, plus one tree of clear parts. This kit has been released in the Monogram boxing, a Pro-Modeler boxing, and a Revell/Germany boxing in addition to the Revell one. The tooling is later generation, so it does feature scribed details.
*Positionable speed brakes
*Underwing external fuel tanks or bombs
*Choice of early (unframed) or late (framed) canopy
*Optional standing pilot figure
Assembly is almost a snap (glue required) but I don’t recall any real fit problems. The wings mate to the wing using interlocking main spars that ensure that the wing and fuselage match-up nicely.
The kit features a nicely detailed cockpit, gear wells, and speed brake well. The kit offers weighted wheels, which was a relatively new option in aircraft kits at the time.
From what I remember this was a nice, straight forward easy build. It was built OOB using the kit’s decals. The fit was good and the OOB detail was great. The surface detail is very nice and overall it is a very good kit especially for the low cost of the kit when on the shelves. The kit also included the decent pilot figured shown in the picture. This scheme required the use of many colorful decals which stated earlier are the stock decals. Considering their age they performed flawlessly and look great. I always use decal solutions and it helped them settle nicely even around the complex shapes of this model.
The overall finish is done with the newer acrylic Vallejo Metal Color line. Various shades were airbrushed over a dark-grey acrylic primer. I really love the performance of this line of metallic colors. They are very easy to apply and IMHO look decent. They are also resistant to handling and resist the tendency to peal when masking is used. I think the key to this performance is also the use of a good primer coat that is compatible.
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