1953 F-84G Thunderbird – HobbyBoss 1/72
Hello fellow modellers,
This is the first of a theme that I plan to build: aerobatic teams.
Being one of the most emblematics, I had to begin with the Tunderbirds and their first plane.
The kit is from HobbyBoss at 1:72 scale and it’s almost OOB. The fit is very good, nice decals, a good kit overall. The only issue is the closed canopy that I had to cut, but no big deal.
The instructions, however, had an error that can fool the beginner: they depicted this aerobatic version fully armed… but, well, this version and those decals are not for beginners…
Hope you like as much as I enjoied building it.
Being an important issue on this model, the decals need one or two more words:
1 – Be careful with the tail. The decals should be placed before the horizontal stabilizers, or you’ll have to cut them. (that’s what I did, no big deal)
2 – They went well except for the tanks. The decals are curved but not perfect. Microsol or other liquid should be used (a lot). After that I still add some wrinkles which I coated with two coats of varnish and then carefully sanded. Some areas were then painted (had to mix paint to the exact tone).
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