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  1. Another finished group build entry, this time from the 60s NATO vs Warsaw Pact group build. Tanmodel 1/48 RF-84F Thunderflash OOB, Berna decals for an aircraft of ER 2/33 Savoie, Armee de l'Air, 1961. Quite liked the Tanmodel kit although there's room for improvement - some vague fit in places, in particular the camera parts inside the nose were fiddly and difficult to align properly, also the panel lines are inconsistent - some nice, sharp, fine detail in places, some soft detail that gets lost under paint in other places. thanks for looking Z
  2. Source: http://www.themodellingnews.com/2014/04/guess-who-is-about-to-launch-new-f-84f.html#more Strong rumours say KittyHawk is working on a 1/32nd Republic RF-84F Thunderflash kit. Time will tell. V.P.
  3. ReccePhreak

    Tanmodel RF-84F questions

    I was looking over my Tanmodel 1/48 RF-84F kit, and was surprised by the "instrument panel" decals included in the kit. They are just a bunch of black "blobs", with no detail whatsoever. Has anybody used those decals? Are they upside down, like some other manufacturer's kit decals? http://www.detailandscale.com/scale_modeling_section/haagen_scale_model_reviews/D&S TanModel RF-84F Review/large/TanModel RF-84F_23.JPG Of course there is no aftermarket available for the kit, except for a few resin bits by AMS Resin. An Eduard color ZOOM set would be nice. Larry
  4. ReccePhreak

    RF-84F photoflash fit

    I know that the RF-84F flew night reconnaissance missions, with (I assume) photoflash. I have been unable to find any references in print or pictures, showing the night flash equipment used. Does anybody have any photos or drawings of that equipment and where it was installed? TIA Larry Engesath
  5. Tanmodel has announced a 1/48th Republic RF-84F Thunderflash kit as in design with future ref.2201. Source: http://www.tanmodel.com/index_en.html V.P.
  6. Dear forum members; Based on your wishes and feedbacks, we changed and improved the box content of our RF-84F kit, which we released to international market in January 2016. Therefore, new kit no. of our RF-84F is now 2201-1 and its barcode number is renewed. As TANMODEL, we put great importance to your feedbacks about all kits that we release. Plus, we are very glad to be in contact with you for our new projects. We strive to present the best for you, with support we receive from you. Please do not hesitate to contact us about technical documents, pictures and decal options you consider that may be useful for our new projects. First we would like to give information about decals. Content of our decal set is changed and printed by Cartograf. Dutch Decal prepared a multiple-choice decal set once again. We’d like to thank Daco Products (Belgium), Mr. Kim Zimmerman and Mr. Jens Jensen (Denmark), who assisted us for decal drawing. Decal options : 53-7571 KA-E No.729 Sqn. Kastrup Airbase Royal Danish A.F. – Denmark 1958 FR-27, 42e Smaldeel, Bierset Airbase. Belgian A.F. – Belgie 1970 FR-34, 42e Smaldeel, Bierset Airbase. Belgian A.F. – Belgie July 1971 “Adieu a Toi Petit Dernier” with farewell badge. 51-17056, AZ-O No.717 Sqn. Rygge Airbase. Royal Norwegian A.F. – Norway 1956 52-7367, 171st Tact. Rec. Sqn. Detroit Airbase. USAF Michigan National Guard – U.S.A. 1968 53-7566, 33-TJ ER 3/33 “Moselle”. Cognac Airbase. Armee de l’Air – France 1956 7450, 1. Havaussu 114. Taktik Jet Kesif Filosu, Eskisehir, Turk Hava Kuvvetleri – Turkiye 1956-1972 arasi Modelers liked profile poster and mouse mat but your expectations were different. As our kit has many clear parts, you asked for mask set in your e-mails. We evaluated your requests and prepared a wonderful mask set. As we are modelers ourselves as well, we added Anti-Glare Patch to the mask set in consideration of beginner modelers. We used a special paper for the mask set. Plus, we added a detailed application sheet printed on double-sided paper. From now on we will not give profile poster and mouse mat. 2201-1 box will include a detailed and high quality mask set. We corrected our minor issue on part no. 18 (Ejection Seat) of F sprue. We re-polished the moulds. Instruction Sheet was very well acclaimed by everyone. We corrected some numbering issues, added color names next to color codes and printed it on glossy paper. Decal Placement Guide is also printed on glossy paper. This way, the good became perfect. We added a download link to our official Facebook page for instruction sheet of previous 2201 kit, for those who haven’t built it yet. Everybody can download. Download link : http://www.dosyaupload.com/Vot Box-art was re-drawn in order to make changes noticeable. The new box art drawn by renowned Dutch illustrator Mr. Ronnie Olsthoorn (http://www.aviationart.aero/) is very well acclaimed. We thank him and now he is preparing a great box art for you for the 1/72 T-33 kit that we will release. (Homebee I’m sorry, we developed a re-box project without taking your permission. I hope you can forgive us ) Our 2201-1 kits have landed in USA, Germany, United Kingdom and Croatia. Japan is next. Boxes are being prepared for other distributors. If you’d like to see TANMODEL kits in countries where we don’t have distributors, please support us and encourage your local companies to contact us. Best regards, (Mr) Baris TANSOY Owner of TANMODEL Plastic Model Kits http://www.tanmodel.com/index_en.html https://www.facebook.com/tanmodel
  7. Dear forum members; We are glad to share build stages of our 1/48 scale RF-84F kit - which is loved by modelers and first batch sold out in 20 days. Model : TANMODEL 1/48 scale Republic RF-84F Kit No : 2201 by Master Modeler Mr. Daniel Zamarbide SUAREZ (Spain) (Pilot figure and detail set are not included in the box content) Regards, TANMODEL Part 1 :
  8. Republic RF-84F Thunderflash 1:48 TanModel The Republic F-84F was essentially a new aircraft, however due to budget issues it was promoted as a development of the straight winged F-84E. The original XF-96A was the last F-84E fitted with a swept wing but it was found that performance over the straight winged airframe was marginal at best. However at the time it was ordered into production with the hope that the J65 engine (a licence built Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire) would improve performance. Adoption of this engine saw the fuselage stretched vertically creating an oval cross section. Production was slow and encountered many difficulties resulting from the idea the airframe was a development of the F-84E. In reality only 15% of the tooling was the same. Spar production was also delayed as the available machinery was being used for B-47 spars which were given priority. Despite production starting on 1952 the aircraft was not declared operational until 1954. Like many aircraft of the period it was decided to make a dedicated reconnaissance version of the aircraft. This was to be the RF-84 with the Thunderstreak name changed to the apt Thunderflash. The main difference n the airframe was that as Cameras were to be carried in the nose the air intakes were re-located tot he inner wing roots on either side. The aircraft retained the four wing mounted guns of the F-84F with the ability to carry up to 15 cameras. Computerised controls were introduced to adjust the cameras for light, speed and altitude setting with a periscope giving the pilot a better view of the target. A voice recorder was added in order that the pilot could add observations to the visual imagery. The RF-84F suffered the same production problems as the F-84F and as such did not enter service until 1954, it was retired from front line service in 1957 being replaced by the Voodoo. The aircraft did enter Air National Guard service before being retired from the US inventory in 1972. 715 RF-84F would eventually be made by Republic. The majority of these would be supplied to NATO countries under the Mutual Assistance Program. They were operated by Belgium, Denmark, West Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and Turkey. In fact the last aircraft used were only retired by The Hellenic Air Force in 1991. The Kit This is a new venture into 1/48 scale kits by TanModel following their inaugural 1/72 HURKUS-A kit. The kit arrives on 4 main spures of light grey plastic, a small supplemental sprue; and 2 clear sprues. Overall the quality is a on a par with other mainstream companies. Panel lines are recessed and rivet detail is restrained. A full colour CAD drawn instruction manual is provided, with a smaller booklet covering the decal options. In this boxing there is a colour poster of the decal options and a mouse mat depicting an airfield taxiway, though these two items are only available in the initial boxings. Construction starts conventionally enough with the cockpit. The ejection seat is the first thing to be made up. This consists of 8 parts which give a realistic version of the real seat used in these aircraft. The rear part of the seat and the seat rails are attached to the rear cockpit bulkhead. The main cockpit tub features moulded on side consoles along with inserts. The two part main instrument panel is made up and added, along with separate rudder pedals and the control column. Once the tub is made up and the seat installed this can be set aside for later. The next stage is to make up the air intake and jet exhaust. The intake is full depth upto the main engine fan which is provided in two parts to give a good depth to the plastic parts and provide a good looking part for those that want to peer down. The exhaust duct has then engine part at the correct depth with a tube leading up to the single part nozzle. Once made these two parts are set aside for later as well. The next area to receive the modellers attention is the forward camera compartment, this is after all the Thunderflash! Tanmodel seem to have done a very good job of the camera compartment. All of the main cameras are included. There are a lot of parts for the downward facing camera on the rear bulkhead, downward camera in the front of the nose, the three oblique cameras, and the forward facing camera. Care taken in this area will pay off for the modeller with all the detail available. Some of this detail will be seen normally through the camera windows and the kit does give the modeller the opportunity to open up these compartments. The Main fuselage halves are done with the compartments closed for those modellers who don't want to display them open, but they can be cut open and separate covers with their hinges are provided to model them in the open position. With all the detail in there I can see many modellers opening theses compartments up. Next up construction moves to the main fuselage. Some detail parts are added to the forward camera bays, and the top of the bays are cut open if the modeller wishes this. Next up the cockpit, intake, exhaust and camera bay sub-assemblies are put into the fuselage. Once these are all in it can be closed up. Once the main fuselage is closed up the external (but internal to the wing) intakes can be added, along with the boundary air separation plates. The instrument area under the front canopy with the Head up display is made up and added at this stage. Next up for construction are the wings. These are of conventional upper and lower in the main, with the main gear well being trapped between the two. A good touch is that the air intake in the wing root is moulded as a separate part thus the modeller does not have a seam to deal with. The flaps and ailerons are separate parts and can be posed as needed. The wings can now be added along with the tailplanes and the separate rudder. The next area of attention for the modeller is the canopy. Another good point for TanModel here is that separate canopies are provided for the open and closed option. A single part canopy is provided if the modeller wishes it closed. If modelling the canopy open then a good job has been made of the complicated canopy mechanism the F-84 had. Next up the wing fences are added, the rear airbrakes, camera compartment covers (if building them open) and all the camera windows are put in place. The undercarriage now needs to be tackled. It is noted that for all wheels the tyres and hubs are separate parts which should make painting them so much easier! I for one hate this part of detail painting so thanks for this The front leg and its retraction strut are a one part moulding. The scissor part is then added. The tyre is added to the hub. The FOD guard for the front wheel can then be attached around the wheel assembly. The front leg can then be attached along with the front main bay doors. Each main wheel consists of the main leg, small detail part, with the wheel hub and tyre again being separate parts. The main gear legs incorporate the one part of the door. The other two door parts are added onto the bays. Lastly for construction the underwing pylons and their tanks are made up and fitted. Clear Parts The kit contains one sprue for the canopy parts and another for the other clear parts such as the camera windows. The parts are well moulded and clear. As mentioned it is good that two types of main canopy are provided depending on whether the modeller would like the canopy open or not. . Decals There is a large decal sheet in the box, but no details of who printed them. The decals are glossy and with minimal carrier film. There are a couple of issues. The original French roundels are incorrect and these come on a separate sheet. The German flag markings are out of register on both the main sheet and the supplemental sheets, and will need to be trimmed up if used. The Blue in the USAF Stars & Bars appears too light. The clarity and depth of colour is not as good as some I have seen, however none of these are insurmountable issues. The decal sheet provides 5 sets of markings for the diverse users of the aircraft. Turkish Air Force; N7450, 114 Filo 1st AB, Turk Hava Kuvvetlen, Turkey 1965-1972. USAFE; 52-7292, 32nd Tactical Recon Sqn, Spangdahlem AB, West Germany 1955-1958. Luftwaffe; 53-7688, EA-244, Aufklarungsgeschwader 51 "Immelman", Erling AB, West Germany 1959. Italian Air Force, 27394, 3-44, 123 Gruppo 3 Aerobrigata, Villafranca AB, Italy 1968. Armée de l'air 27300, 33-CP. ER 4/33 "Belfort" RAF Akrotiri 1954 (With Suez Stripes). Hellenic Air Force, 28736, No.338 Mira, Larissa AB, Crete 1972. US Air National Guard, 52-7367. 171st Tactical Recon Sqn. Detroit AB, Michigan, 1968. Royal Netherlands Air Force, 51-27233, TP-6/P-4. No.306 Recon Sqn, RAF Laarbruch/Deelan AB, 1961. Conclusion We have waited a while for the this kit from TanModel but it has been worth it. A new tool Thunderflash is well overdue. Despite its limited service in the USAF the aircraft was used by many NATO air arms so we have quite a few options open to us as modellers. With this as the first 1/48th release we look forward to what TanModel brings us next. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Distributed in the UK by
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