TanModels 1/48 RF-84F Thunderflash
Enhancements: CMK MB ejection seat https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10444676
Paint: AK Real Colours
My second attempt at Tanmodels Thunderflash was borne out of my dissatisfaction at my fist attempt, and I have to say, Im not really happy with the second attempt either.
This example was built from the first issue of the kit, but using the second release decal sheet, as it is far superior to the initial issue in quality, anyway, although I do think the first sheet had better options. Confused yet?
This first release of the kit had very pebbled plastic, so a NMF finish was out, I decided. In any case, I wanted to complete a camouflaged jet so as showcase the aircrafts service life and different operators.
Assembly on this one was streamlined by keeping the nose camera covers closed. You still have to build the camera bodies, which still constitute a finicky assembly due to their near scale racks. The rest of the jet assembled a little easier than my first attempt as well, this time, the intakes and wings assembling without any fit issues. Aside from this, all the weak points of the other build were still encountered, the disappearing panel line and rivet detail around the bottom of the fuselage, that required rescribing, the very weak attachment points for the nose landing gear doors and the sloppy fit of the tailplanes.
The model was painted using the RAL shades by AK Real Colours, my first time using these paints. I thought they sprayed OK, but a few modelling friends have raved about their performance, so maybe I need to revisit them. The camouflage pattern was laid out using blu tac sausages. A gloss coat was then applied and recalling commenced. The decals on this revised sheet, as stated before are a big improvement over the first sheet, being both in register and a little thinner. Im not sure about the Norwegian roundels though as they look a bit pale when compared to photos on the web.
AKs panel line wash for grey green aircraft was then brushed on and the excess removed after an hour before a final semi matt coat was sprayed all over. The masking from the canopy was removed and the CMK seat added as these jets, in fact, all the NATO jets - apart from the French ones - were fitted with a Martin Baker seat. The CMK seat has excellent detail and was a drop fit. Finally the undercarriage was added, the nose leg still being a less than sound fit and the drop tanks added, although I have failed to push one of them home against the pylon with the result the nose of it droops, and it is out of line with the other one.
During the build I managed to lose one of the airbrakes (I seem to lose a part every build) An email to Tanmodel resulted in them sending me a replacement part without charge which was very kind of TanModel, seeing as it was my fault
So, my second TanModel ThunderFlash and the last one I can see myself doing. The result, again is a model that Im far from happy with. I have seen some very nicely done examples on the net, so it can be made up into a lovely looking model. As can any kit really!
Again, my lack of satisfaction with the project and how it was progressing led me to rush it towards the finish line.
It's a workable kit that has some nice features for a company's first effort. The initial kit was plagued with poor decal quality and textured plastic. TanModel south to improve these with a second release, which does go some way to wards rectifying these issues although some of the panel line detail is still a bit fine to the point it disappears on the bottom of the fuselage towards the centreline. I have not seen too many of these built, or even on comp. tables and can't help but think it was not as popular a subject as TanModel had hoped. Sadly, as a result, I can't see their long promised 1/48 Buccaneer materialising