1/48 Republic USAF F-84F Thunderstreak Fighter-Bomber Jet Aircraft
1/48 Republic USAF F-84F Thunderstreak Fighter-Bomber Jet Aircraft: This is Kinetic Brand's 1st Model Kit released about 10 years ago. Assembly was straight-forward and appropriate for entry-level model builders. Parts fit was excellent and required no filler or putty. The plastic had a strange rough texture to it but this did not impact the build or painting. Primary Natural Metal Aluminum Finish was accomplished using Vallejo's Metal Color dull aluminum over a black primer. I used Future Floor Wax as a sealant. If you have not used this Vallejo metal paint before your really missing out; I use this for all my natural metal finish projects. It is so easy to apply and really holds up well to handling following the application if applied over a quality primer. The decals are out of the box and I must say were some of the best decals I have ever worked with. They are thin but sturdy and sit well once applied. The Out of the Box detail is excellent and the only aftermarket parts used are Eduard seat belts. The only down side to the cockpit detail is the instrument panel, no decals are provided for it. The raised detail on this panel is very faint and difficult to finish properly. I just slightly dry brushed it and left it alone. I recommend an after-market instrument panel. The ejection seat is very nicely detailed but has molded on seat belts. I placed the photo-etched seat belts right over the molded in detail. For fans of 1950's early fighter jets this model kit is highly recommended.
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