AEROMASTER


48-676 Lead Sleds! Part IV


Review by David Harvey


Review Type
First Look
Scale:
N/A
Price:
$10.95 AUD (Plus postage) from Sprue Brothers
Contents and Media:
1 x A5 sheet of decals and 1 double sided instruction sheet
Advantages:
Very colourful schemes
Disadvantages:
None seen
Recommendation:
Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

The F-105, aka the 'Thud', came in to focus during the Vietnam war as a delivery aircraft for large amounts of bombs. The aircraft was the first supersonic tactical fighter-bomber built from scratch as well as being the largest single seat fighter in existence at the time. First flying in October 1955 it exceeded the speed of sound easily with its 'stop gap' engine fitted at the time. There were several variants made but the most relevant, and the subject of this decals sheet, was the following:

  • F-105D - single seat fighter bomber
  • F-105F - two seat operational trainer
  • F-105G - two seat 'Wild Weasel'

I have always liked the 'Thud' and bought a kit a while ago but during an Estate sale I picked up another four of the 1/48 Monogram kits for $15. As a result of having two kits in one box I was now the proud owner of all the main variants for which I only had one set of very old kit decals. So in the hunt for relevant decals I came across this set from Aeromaster that covered the majority of the aircraft I had, I found these in the US for just over $10 plus postage - not a bad price.

The decals

This set covers the following four aircraft:

  • F-105D Thunderchief 62-4270, 'Noli Non Ligitime Carbour Undum Est' of 34th TFS/388th TFW, Korat, 1968. Aircraft in the standard SEA scheme.
  • F-105D (Thunderstick II) Thunderchief 60-0471 of 457th TFS/301st TFW, special markings, 1978. Standard SEA scheme.
  • EF105F Thunderchief 62-4435 'Roman Knight' of 44th TFS/388th TFW, Korat RTAB, 1967. Standard SEA scheme.
  • EF-105G Thunderchief 63-8320 'Cooter' of 333rd TFS/355th TFW, Takhili RTAB, 1969.

This set allows the modeller to build all four variants unlike a number of other sets as it includes all the national markings and a number of relevant stencil markings for the aircraft eg the ejection triangles. For the most part the markings are well printed but there is a bit of bleeding of the red ink on the Red/White ejection triangles, other than that all looks good. The rest of the colours are solid and they are cleanly printed.

Note: Decals not to scale or correct format.

The instructions

The instruction sheet is a colour printed double sided A4 sheet with port side profiles of all four aircraft on one page and a generic top/bottom view on the other. Unfortunately it doesn't provide the starboard side view of the models so hopefully nothing unusual is required to be placed on that side. The profiles are large enough to see the location of the decals supplied.

Also supplied on the instructions is the modifications required to make the variant be modelled. On the front page it lists what kit to use and lists the modification number required to construct the relevant aircraft. The modification numbers are listed on the back page and are relatively simple modifications to do to the kit eg removing incorrect antenna, not using ECM fuselage pods - that sort of thing. One of the mod's is the removal of the wing antenna from the wing tip, Aeromaster help out in this one by giving a drawing to show the outline of the wingtips for the types on the sheet.

 

Recommendation

I highly recommend these decals as they are colourful and for the most part well printed. The one downfall to them is the bleeding of the red writing on the ejection triangles but these can either be used or hopefully replaced. The instructions are also useful but they could use an extra profile of the starboard side of the aircraft.

Review sample courtesy of my wallet from Sprue Brothers in the USA.

 

 

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