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F-84E Texas ANG in Korea 1951

F-84E-25-RE s/n 51-480, 111th Fighter-Bomber Squadron (136th FBW) Texas Air National Guard

The 111th was, like her sister squadrons 182nd and 154th FBS, a federalized ANG unit replacing the 27th FEW during the Korean war in summer 1951. The initial combat missions were flewn from Itazuke AFB in Japan but later the FBW moved to Taegu AFB/.

This is an (almost) out of the box build of the venerable, nicely detailed F-84G. To convert the G into an E model, I took into account the most striking differences between them, deleting the auxiliary intakes and the IFR and changed the air brake.
The kit was painted with Tamiya, Modelmaster and Humbrol paints.
The decals were cobbled together from different Aeromaster and Experts Choice sheets, small stencils were from Tamiya. To minimize the risk of silvering large transparent areas were cut away.

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13 responses

  1. Welcome, Wolfgang. Great project.
    Not a second had I doubted, if you said that this was 48th scale.
    Slivering really is the enemy of the free peoples of Middleearth, especially using Tamiya decals.
    Great that you found a way to avoid it.

  2. Gorgeous.


  3. A beautiful build!

  4. I agree that I could have easily been persuaded that this was 1/48. Beautiful work!

    The 111th was the low squadron escorting the B-29s on Black Thursday, October 24, 1951, the day the MiG-15s did what the Bf-109s and the Fw-190s never could do: drive USAF bombers from the daylight skies for the rest of the war.

  5. Welcome to iModeler Wolfgang, lovely model, well done, I have built one of these and have more to do !

  6. Wolfgang, Welcome to imodeler, and what a nice way to introduce yourself with this wonderful looking F-84. I like it a lot.

  7. That's a fine looking F-84, Wolfgang. Welcome to iModeler, too. Quite a nice start to your "stay" here!

    Well done!

  8. Dear folks, thanks a lot. Too much praise I think.

    Johannes, cutting out each decal was really tedious but necessary, to avoid silvering and to combine the buzz number with letters and numbers from different sheets, anyway. But also thanks to a strong setting solution it was quite easy to beat the thick Tamiya ones down. This 20+ yo kit has got quite good details, kudos to Tamiya, so just a simple drybrushing or , respectively, a bit accentuating with Tamiya Smoke were required.

    Jeff, it was just the natural low sunlight that did the job (ok, 90 percent of it ;-).

    Allen, I have still some Thunderjets in my (ever growing) stash, too. Looking at your excellent F-84E I see which detail I have forgotten in my conversion. My secret long-term project is a flight line of 27th FEW/ 136th FBG planes.

  9. Excellent work on that F-84 - NMF and weathering looks amazing.

  10. That is a real beauty! Since 72 is my only scale, I love to see such excellent work in this scale. Beautiful detail and paint work.

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