by Eric Sklarski
Republic EF-105 Thunderchief
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This is the old 1/48 scale
Monogram F-105 kit with fully rescribed panel lines.
I started this project long
before Trumpeter announced its1/32 scale kit. That scale is too big for me
anyway, as I have over 700 kits I have to store I cant have them too big!
I wanted a F-105 kit and the
only choice is the Monogram kit. They have always had the ability to get
the lines of an aircraft nearly perfectly.
The next decision was to
scribe or not. Since I am a recessed panel line junkie I wanted this kit
to fit right in with my Hasegawa kits.
The existing lines were "shaved" off with a curved blade. this left a
"shadow" of the former line and, with a spare fuselage, formed a guide for
rescribeing. I used a Squadron tool for this.... well actually two or
three. when this is done I sanded the bumps on either side of the new line
and cleaned them out. I also added rivets with a pounce wheel. Once this
was done the kit was assembled as normal.
The wheel wells are detailed with fuse wire and solder and plastic.
The cockpit is the Black Box
Canopy actuator rods are
brass rod. The weapons are from Hasegawa.
Decals are from Aeromaster.
So don't let the old Monogram kits in your collection gather dust. With a
little extra work they can look just as good as the latest kits from
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2003 by Eric Sklarski
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17 March, 2004
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