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RidgeRunner

Some Thud help if you can.... Images of 59-1749 "Mr Toad"

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Hi all,

 

Having recently treated myself to the truly excellent tome of Thud units histories by James Geer, I have finally taken the plunge and purchased a kit (a Trump) and a fair bit of resin. My plan is to build "Mr Toad"/"Marilee E" 59-1749. It is a reverse pattern machine from the Vietnam era.m

 

My question? Does any Thud expert out the have an images showing the "Mr Toad" motif? 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Martin

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Google search came up with this link , see page 17  - http://www.fescanphoto.com/korat/pdf/F-105 in action book 1974.PDF

 

Images search also came up with close-up of the 'Marilee' marking but I could not get it to open up to see if 'Mr Toad' was there as well - http://matchbox.top81.com.cn/mil/2013/f105vn/105_23.html

 

From a project a few years back I have al,ost 20 F-105 books scattered about the place and I will see if the aircraft features in any of them.

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Hi Des,

 

Thanks for that. I now have the Squadron Signal book on order. It is exactly what I was looking for.  All I need now is the time to get this on the way .... After my current run of MIGs ;)

 

Martin

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That should help , I have the book and although the pictures are not of the greatest quality they are better than the PDF so hopefully will provide what you need.

 

I have been pulling some other F-105 and Vietnam War books off the shelves during the advert breaks for Endeavor and scanning through them but have only found another couple for the 'Marilee' side so far but will check the rest over the next couple of days and let you know if anything turns up for Mr.Toad.

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That is very kind of you, Des. Thank you.

 

Martin

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So, another.... was the Toad drawing taken from a well known image of the time or was it simply from the head of the SSgt Mx man?

 

Martin

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No luck with the book search I'm afraid although I have a few old issues of Koku Fan left to leaf through on the off-chance as they quite often carried Vietnam-era articles although doing that is reminding me of all sorts of projects filed under must do something about this one day.

 

Odd thing is that after reading the colour description of the marking in the F-105 in Action book mentioned above I am sure that I have seen a colour image of it somewhere and I am wondering if it was first used on some USAAF aircraft in WWII or if it was applied to a more modern USAF aircraft or civilian warbird in more recent times to commemorate its service on the F-105 , definitely rings a very vague bell.

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Hi Des!

 

Thanks for the stirling work. I appreciate that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll find something. I've drawn a blank too. :(.  I'll follow up your idea about it being used before or after, too....

 

Martin

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No idea if it is the same aircraft or not but came across a reference to this on the internet - http://vietnamtowesternairlines.com/the-authors/  - Chapter 12 of Volume 1 is titled 'Mr. Toad' and is written by Dennis Wills relating to the F-105D in 1966 but I cannot seem to find out much more about it.

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I have checked my copy of Vietnam to Western Airlines.  There is a picture of Dennis Wills standing by Mr Toad.  Mr Toad is written under the wing on the port fuselage in a pop art font.  The picture is black and white.   The text claims that there are several picturies in books about the F-105.

 

Book suggests that a/c was named Mr Toad as that was what Dennis Wills called his son.

 

Hope this helps

George

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Hey @George, that is fantastic :). Any chance of a scan of that'? It is the image of Mr Toad I need. 

 

Thanks in hope. Martin

 

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May be of interest?

 

 

 

Martin

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I've found more images of Mr Toad and it is clear that at some point she flew with just the wording and no toad image. I therefore have a way ahead, although not what I really wanted, which is a copy of the toad that I can redraw... Hey ho 

 

Martin

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