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Go Big or Go Home - Trumpeter's 1/32 F-105D Thunderchief "Alice's Joy"


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It's been three months since my last build 😲 so it's time I got off the duff and start another.

 

Republic's F-105 Thunderchief has to be my favorite jet-powered aircraft, narrowly winning out over the F-4 Phantom. I first became enamored with the 'Thud' after reading Col. Jack Broughton's memoir "Thud Ridge" as a teenager. So, it should be no surprise that when I got back into modeling six years ago, the F-105 was my first serious project:

 

 

I usually model in God's true scale, but I make an exception for subjects dear to my heart. In this case, it is Trumpter's 1/32 F-105D (which includes decals for Jack Broughton's "Alice's Joy"):

 

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Inside, the box is chock full of parts, large and small:

 

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I've also amassed a huge amount of aftermarket for this kit:

 

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And, my primary reference:

 

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Construction begins with the cockpit. Instead of the kit's offering, I'll be using the Aires resin set accessorized with Aero Bonus pilot/seat combo and Quinta Studios 3D decals:

 

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Here are the Aires pieces:

 

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On inspection, I discovered the throttle body is damaged, which I'll want to repair:

 

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This is the Aero Bonus pilot figure. Very nice!

 

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And, the exceptional 3D decals from Quinta:

 

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I'm really not used to dealing with big scale kits. The resin cockpit tub is a handful in itself!

 

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Removing the resin casting block was a chore, but I finally got it done. The Aero Bonus pilot & seat seem to fit nicely with just a bit of fettling possibly needed:

 

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My first challenge will be to get the Aires cockpit to fit properly in the fuselage. After a fair amount of surgery, I got a good fit to the port fuselage. Now, to repeat the same on the other side. After that, I'll have to devise a way to securely mount the cockpit tub in place:

 

 

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More to follow . . .

 

 

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5 hours ago, Vultures1 said:

Excellent choice, and a goodly collection of aftermarket too - looking forward to this

 

The one piece of aftermarket I wish I could find is G-Factor's bronze landing gear. The Thud's legs are spindly enough, and I fear they may not be strong enough to bear the weight of all that resin. But, I have a plan . . . .

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A bit more work accomplished this morning, but I'll have to be satisfied with that for a while because I have a couple of mid-term exams end of this week 😦

 

I used UV-resin to tack the side panels onto the cockpit tub and fit the assembly into the fuselage halves. I glued blocks of styrene into the fuselage to create a mount for the cockpit. This should be a great help when it’s time to actually glue the cockpit in place.

 

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As a test, I sat the cockpit into the new mounts and closed the fuselage halves together. Everything seems to fit pretty well! Some minor adjustments may be needed later, but it's a promising start.

 

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With the approach for mounting the cockpit sorted out, I'm almost ready to begin assembly and painting. But first, I need to prepare the Aires pieces for the Quinta decals. Today's work focused on the instrument panel.

 

The kit's panel consists of three main pieces: a backing panel, a piece of printed transparent film, and a clear plastic overlay:

 

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I presume Quinta would have you scrap the clear overlay and add their decals directly to the backing plate:

 

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The Aires IP presents a bit of a problem. The center panel is slightly narrower than that of the kit's part, meaning the Quinta decal will not fit without some corrective action. Specifically, the kit's center panel is 20-mm wide, while that of the Aires panel is just 18-mm. That may not seem like much, but it's actually a significant difference.

 

After pondering awhile, I came up with a plan as shown on the drawing below:

 

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I used 1-mm masking tape on either side of the center panel as a guide to scribe and cut away part of the "wings" where they meet the center piece. That increased the center panel's width to 20-mm, just enough for the Quinta decal. Here's the panel before and after my modification:

 

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Another issue is that the Quinta decal is taller than the Aires panel. This is because the kit's IP does not include the combing near the top of the panel. That means I'll need to trim the top of the Quinta decal to fit the Aires part.

 

Making progress, a millimeter at a time! 

 

 

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Last week's mid-term exams are behind me, so I was able to get some bench time in this weekend.

 

But first,, a pic I meant to include in my first post. This is the only photo I know of for Jack Broughton's "Alice's Joy"

 

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Now, back to my 1/32 scale version . . . .

 

I painted up the Aero Bonus pilot figure:

 

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Then removed the raised detail from the cockpit pieces (in preparation for the Quinta 3D decals), primed, and applied a base coat of dark gull gray:

 

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I also painted the top of the cockpit combing:

 

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and then began applying the Quinta decals. The ones for the instrument panel had to be trimmed to fit the Aires resin:

 

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and the other panels, sized for the Trumpeter kit, needed some work as well. Here's the (most) finished cockpit tub:

 

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The cockpit side walls. Everything you see here had to be cut out of the much bigger Quinta decal (which would completely cover the Trumpeter parts):

 

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With the pilot and seat temporarily installed, you can get an idea of how visible (or not) the cockpit details will be:

 

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That's it for today. More to follow!

 

 

 

 

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ResKit is producing new tailpipes, intakes and wheel wells for the Thud as well... I have the kit, and a ton (almost literally) of aftermarket, but the new stuff from ResKit may well be worth it...

 

Superb work so far, only comment I'd make would be the helmet. The helmet would have been taped with camouflage tape or painted solid green as it makes for quite an obvious target when white...

 

Cheers

Harald

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37 minutes ago, Winnie said:

ResKit is producing new tailpipes, intakes and wheel wells for the Thud as well... I have the kit, and a ton (almost literally) of aftermarket, but the new stuff from ResKit may well be worth it...

 

Superb work so far, only comment I'd make would be the helmet. The helmet would have been taped with camouflage tape or painted solid green as it makes for quite an obvious target when white...

 

Cheers

Harald

 

Hi Harald. I think I have all of the Reskit items (the newest being the ventral fin and misc. air scoops).

About the helmet -- I looked at a lot of photos of Vietnam Thud pilots, many had green helmets (as you mentioned) but more often than not the helmets were white. I even found one that was bright yellow with black thunderbolts!

 

- Bill

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Cool about the helmets!

 

The new items (intake and exhausts and such) were announced as future releases last week, so they likely won't be available till springtime, if then.

 

Anyway, It'll be pricy if one includes all of it!

H.

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5 minutes ago, Winnie said:

Cool about the helmets!

 

The new items (intake and exhausts and such) were announced as future releases last week, so they likely won't be available till springtime, if then.

 

Anyway, It'll be pricy if one includes all of it!

H.

 

 

I have the exhaust, pylons, drop tanks and jammer pod already in hand. The only item that hasn't yet arrived is the new ventral fin.

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20 hours ago, billn53 said:

 

 

I have the exhaust, pylons, drop tanks and jammer pod already in hand. The only item that hasn't yet arrived is the new ventral fin.

I have the QuickBoost ventral fin, a very crude exhaust by GT resin, the Blackbox wheel bays, and brass landing gear plus Blackbox cockpit, and a lot of Eduard... It;s an aftermarket hog for sure. I'll see if I can find images of the intakes! Didn't realize they had released the exhaust already!

 

This is a link to their instagram page (sorry!)

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It shows the intakes...

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2 minutes ago, Winnie said:

I have the QuickBoost ventral fin, a very crude exhaust by GT resin, the Blackbox wheel bays, and brass landing gear plus Blackbox cockpit, and a lot of Eduard... It;s an aftermarket hog for sure. I'll see if I can find images of the intakes! Didn't realize they had released the exhaust already!



I lust after your brass landing gear!  🤣

 

 

And, I’ll definitely snap this up as soon as it’s released:

 

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I put a fair amount of time in yesterday, mostly little items that took longer than they should have. But now, I'm calling the cockpit 95% done -- just a few small details left to add.

 

I dressed up the throttle body with some decals and aluminum tape. They're not totally accurate, but add interest. The pilot's hand will hide much of this:

 

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The small yellow knob at the lower-left of the above photo came with the Aires cockpit. This photo shows it where Aires would have it mounted, but it doesn't show in photos of the actual panel so I later re-located it to a more accurate position just outboard and aft of the throttle body.

 

 

I glued the sidewalls in place with CA. I've left the instrument panel separate for now until I see how the combing fits with the forward fuselage. I also added supports for the combing to the front of the cockpit tub:

 

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The pilot's arms are now in place, though I had to do some adjustments in order for the right hand to align with the joystick and the other to hold the throttle. Here's the pilot/seat assembly dry-fitted in place:

 

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Let's take a quick walkaround of the (mostly) finished cockpit:

 

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That's it for today. Next task is to cut away the top of the fuselage ahead of the cockpit to make room for the resin combing.

 

 

 

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That is one busy looking cockpit. Nice work.:thumbsup:

 

IIRC, in at least one of his books he wrote that he carried a tape recorder on his missions, which he used as the basis for his flight descriptions. I don't recall if he described either the device or the mounting in any detail.

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