Thunderstreak F-84F 1/48
The kit is the Kinetic 1/48 with correct nose (Quickboost). I prefered to built a metal finish F-84. Maybe i should have read before the relevant note of Tom Cleaver on "modellingmadness.com" : « The plastic surface is very slightly pebbly, just sufficient to be very noticeable under a metal paint finish».
So the look is a bit dull, but i think it's not a real problem when I look at vintage photos of the weathered aircraft.
In August 1955 the first Belgian Thunderstreak was delivered to N° 3 Squadron of the 2nd Wing based at Florennes. Towards the end of the same month two Belgian pilots had the honour to break the sound-barrier, something which made it on the front cover of all national newspapers. In the hands of pilots such as Marette and Dupont, Belgian Thunderstreaks executed fascinating solo displays all over Europe.
The elegant Thunderstreak remained in service with the Belgian Air Force until May 1972 when the last operational aircraft was flown into storage at Koksijde airbase.
The Thunderstreak suffered from the same problem of poor take-off performance as the straight-wing Thunderjet, even with a more powerful engine. On a hot day, 2,285 m of runway was needed for a take-off run. However, like its predecessor (the Thunderjet), the Thunderstreak excelled in cruising flight and had predictable maneuverability characteristics when it remained within its planned flight envelope.
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