Monogram 1/48 F-105D Thunderchief
The F-105D was a Mach 2 fighter bomber workhorse that conducted the majority of strike missions during the early years of the Vietnam war. A typical mission to North Vietnam, the F-105D carried two 450 gal wing mounted fuel tanks, a 390 gal fuel tank in the bomb bay and 6 MI 117 750lb bombs on the centre line rack with two MK 82 500lb bombs on the outer wing pylons as this model is shown. On this mission the F-105D would need inflight refueling going to and sometimes returning from Hanoi some 700 miles distant.
This is the somewhat long on tooth Monogram kit from 1998 with the raised panel lines and all. I built the kit straight out of the box with the exception of the KMC cockpit. the decals are from Aeromaster 48-375 Takhli Thunderchiefs.
The markings are of F-105D "Frito Bandito" flown by Major Jose Olvera of the 355 Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli,Thailand 1970.
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