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Fido996

F-84F Thunderstreak, various colours

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Hi there, I'm after a little guidance regarding cockpit colours. I'm about to start the Hobbyboss F-84F and decided to upgrade to an Aires cockpit. So, in researching various bits and pieces before committing to anything, I find myself a little confused as to the cockpit colours. Interior green, grey or black? I'm kind of ignoring the Hobbyboss colour callout as they suggest painting the entire airframe grey when I believe it should be natural metal.

 

Also, the wheel wells and gear doors. Hobby boss say Interior green, but I have a three view drawing of the same airframe which clearly shows Chromate Yellow on the doors.

 

The airframe in question is 52-6675 which I think is an F-84F-45-RE if thats any help.

 

 

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As a -45 the cockpit should be interior green with black instrument panel and consoles.  The seat would be interior green too with a red headrest.

 

I'd agree that the wheel wells and gear doors should be yellow zinc chromate.

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That's great, thank you very much.

 

Quite like the idea of the Chromate Yellow, nice bit of variation.👍

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I'm staying schtum over certain items at present, but I can tell you the pit and the IP is light gray (being an American aircraft). Looking at very recent pictures of a certain unrestored F-84F, I can confirm this.

There was another thread recently where the interior of the gun bay etc was questioned. 

There are pictures on the web of a 'restored' F-84F with a bilious green cockpit and a black IP, and there are pictures of gray with black. The seat is also gray with a red headrest.

Ask me more in about a month if you are in no hurry.

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31 minutes ago, Fido996 said:

Also, the wheel wells and gear doors. Hobby boss say Interior green, but I have a three view drawing of the same airframe which clearly shows Chromate Yellow on the doors.

See if this link is helpful.

Mike

 

https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f-84/f-84f_to.shtml

 

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Any USAF aircraft manufactured after late 1953 had a Dark Gull Gray (FS36231) cockpit.  I have never seen a US jet with an Interior Green cockpit, and I have poked my head into more than a few.  

 

The wheel wells were FS34151 Interior Green.  Zinc Chromate was not authorized as a final finish color on visible areas of USAF types in the 1950s.

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28 minutes ago, Jordi said:

Any USAF aircraft manufactured after late 1953 had a Dark Gull Gray (FS36231) cockpit.  I have never seen a US jet with an Interior Green cockpit, and I have poked my head into more than a few.  

 

The wheel wells were FS34151 Interior Green.  Zinc Chromate was not authorized as a final finish color on visible areas of USAF types in the 1950s.

The Aerofax book (which is not to hand at the moment), states that the earlier aircraft were in green and the later blocks (IIRC blocks 60 or 70 onwards), had dark gull grey cockpits, was this the case?  Did the USAF only operate the later aircraft or did they repaint their cockpits at some point?

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From at least block 51 onwards were gray. :tapedshut:

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So, if l go gray cockpit and green wheel wells and doors I should be on fairly safe ground?

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Yes.  Nobody seems to know how Boeing continued to get away with their interior dark green when it flew in the face of USAF regulations well into the 1950s, but the fact is that they did.  In fact they continued using it on some interior parts of 707s well into the late 1960s.  But in general Dark Gull Gray was the color for USAF cockpits from ~1954 onward.

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OK, re-posting. I have 3 images of the RF-84F cockpit which I'm assuming is close to the F-84F. If you want the pics, PM me your email and I will send them to you. The caption states, " Cockpit RF-84F Luftwaffe: Instruments Tops of consoles matte black, other panels light gray. In the middle is the viewfinder determination of the image section, here provided with a cover flap. Above it is the visor for the four board MG." Apologies as this is from my Google Translate app. The book is the F-40 series "Republic RF-84F Thunderflash"

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A very interesting discussion on interior colors, given the Tamiya F-84G model in my queue.

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One more vote for grey. This is a cockpit section formerly on display in the old Soesterberg museum, The dash says 'radio call 6726', you can probably find the serial and block number with that.

 

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Rob

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I have the F40 series book on German F-84's, and all the cockpits in the photos are dark gull grey. as is the instrument panel ( With black dials, of course ) . HTH:cheers:

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OK guys. This is F-84F-51-RE 52-7133, which arrived at the museum in the pouring rain this morning. Take your pick regarding primer and interior colours.

This is the inside of the Starboard wing at the root.

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Yellow Chromate, plus 3 shades of green.

Port fuselage side under wing fillet.

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Kingpost/rear fin attachment point

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Rear fuselage interior. It's a bit dark but flash would distort the colours.

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Speed brakes have a stainless steel skin, the aluminium backs and bay are painted red.

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As yet we have not opened up the gear and gunbays. It will be some time before we get around to restoration as the airframe has been in dry store for 30 years, so until then, I'm not committing to the correct colours. Based on what you see above, I would aim to match to the kingpost and jetpipe colours.

 

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Hi Frank, just seen the BCWM post on Facebook!

Bl**dy superb news at last!

I was wondering the other day if you guys had managed to get that Streak out of that hangar like you said you were going to!

I really do need to try & get over there & take some pics of it, but you & Julien can upload some walkaround pics for us.

It will look fantastic when its done!

 

Martin

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7 minutes ago, Lightningboy2000 said:

Hi Frank, just seen the BCWM post on Facebook!

Bl**dy superb news at last!

I was wondering the other day if you guys had managed to get that Streak out of that hangar like you said you were going to!

I really do need to try & get over there & take some pics of it, but you & Julien can upload some walkaround pics for us.

It will look fantastic when its done!

 

Martin

This will be the finished article - in time. Our society Honourary President's former machine.

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On 8/29/2019 at 11:50 AM, Fido996 said:

Hi there, I'm after a little guidance regarding cockpit colours. I'm about to start the Hobbyboss F-84F and decided to upgrade to an Aires cockpit. So, in researching various bits and pieces before committing to anything, I find myself a little confused as to the cockpit colours. Interior green, grey or black? I'm kind of ignoring the Hobbyboss colour callout as they suggest painting the entire airframe grey when I believe it should be natural metal.

 

Also, the wheel wells and gear doors. Hobby boss say Interior green, but I have a three view drawing of the same airframe which clearly shows Chromate Yellow on the doors.

 

The airframe in question is 52-6675 which I think is an F-84F-45-RE if thats any help.

 

 

Not sure if this will ease the confusion on the colors within the frame of the F-84F, but: These are from 51-1810-30-RE. It's a gate guard at Cannon AFB New Mexico. All of the frame work including the wheel wells are painted overall aluminum. However the pictures I took of the wheel wells show some chipping and interior green behind it.

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Officially one would have to look at T.O.1-1-4 for the painting guide or if you have pictures of your subject, paint it as it is in your reference photos. My 2 cent thought.

 

Ron VanDerwarker

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On 25/09/2019 at 15:19, bentwaters81tfw said:

Port fuselage side under wing fillet.

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Kingpost/rear fin attachment point

 

What I love about this photo is those rivets.  Notice how they are the softest of depressions in 1:1 scale, not deep divots as portrayed in certain kits or by advocates of a so called rivetting tool.  Scale these 1:1 scale items up to 1/48th you wouldn't see them, they'd be invisible in 1/72nd!

 

What those tools an portrayals of rivets actually reproduce are holes more akin to those in the green section which are crying out for a fastener to plug them.

 

Thnks for sharing.

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2 hours ago, Wez said:

 

What I love about this photo is those rivets.  Notice how they are the softest of depressions in 1:1 scale, not deep divots as portrayed in certain kits or by advocates of a so called rivetting tool.  Scale these 1:1 scale items up to 1/48th you wouldn't see them, they'd be invisible in 1/72nd!

 

What those tools an portrayals of rivets actually reproduce are holes more akin to those in the green section which are crying out for a fastener to plug them.

 

Thnks for sharing.

The 'rivets' are cross head screws, going into captive nuts. Where will have to re-skin some areas, muggins here will have to drill them all out. No way will I ever shift them after 65 years and layers of paint in some cases.

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11 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

The 'rivets' are cross head screws, going into captive nuts. Where will have to re-skin some areas, muggins here will have to drill them all out. No way will I ever shift them after 65 years and layers of paint in some cases.

Can you confirm that when you do the job?  Although not a rigger myself I see enough rivets close up on a daily basis and there are a number of propriatory types of rivet with a cross head dimple in them, to me it looks like a countersunk rivet, the spacing is too close for screws but I've never been that close to a Republic product to see how they do business.  I'd be interested to see if there are nutplates behind those rivets or rivet collars?  Either way, if that's the case it would explain why the Thunderstreak was so damned heavy.

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35 minutes ago, Wez said:

Can you confirm that when you do the job?  Although not a rigger myself I see enough rivets close up on a daily basis and there are a number of propriatory types of rivet with a cross head dimple in them, to me it looks like a countersunk rivet, the spacing is too close for screws but I've never been that close to a Republic product to see how they do business.  I'd be interested to see if there are nutplates behind those rivets or rivet collars?  Either way, if that's the case it would explain why the Thunderstreak was so damned heavy.

It will be a mix. Anything removable is screwed, but the airframe is painted overall. We will only remove what is necessary. The wings are covered in screws, and as you say - heavy. Each wing is around 2 tons. The remainder is flush riveted skins, and the horizontal stab will require about 50% re-skinning from an initial inspection. When you tap your knuckles on a Republic airframe, you can tell the difference. The Groundhog and the Warthog are SOLID. The T-33 is less so.

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