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Trumpeter 1:32 F-105G Wild Weasel Build Thread

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  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Louisville, KY
Trumpeter 1:32 F-105G Wild Weasel Build Thread
Posted by Builder 2010 on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 6:48 PM

Happy New Year!

I'm not starting this build right now so don't get too excited, but I have the kit in my possession. I have to first finish the Bronx Victorian which I've invested $$$ heavily.

The Wild Weasel is a commision build for the same person for whom I build that nice "Yankee Lady" Monogram 1:48 B-17G a couple of years ago. He was able to buy this new model for a very low price since Allied Hobbies in Philadelphia is going out of business and was selling things for 70% off. This time I'm getting paid! We're bartering... He's going to give me a Tamiya 1:32 De Havalind Mosquito kit. I've really wanted to build that plane!

The kit shows $124. He got it for $50. Good deal. It's an older Trumpeter kit and I'm expecting the usual old Trumpeter problems. This will be my 3rd Trumpeter large scale plane so I'm getting used to them. It has those finicky PE flight surfaces hinges. On the TBM I just glued the flaps and ailerons, but did get a movable rudder and elevators. On this one, I'll try that again. 

I've ordered some aftermarket for the F-105G including two resin ejection seats with pilots, Eduard cockpit details, and G-Force brass landing struts. The model is big and heavy and I've read that the plastic gear isn't sturdy enough. It has a complete J-75 turbo-jet included which will be completely hidden so I'm either going to cut some access hatches to show it off or make a service rack and mount it outside the plane. I will attempt to super-detail the engine and the other usual places. The plane has a fully detailed Gatling gun and I will show that off too.

So sit tight. I will be back at this thread in a month or so when the Bronx Building is complete.

And after it, I will also regale you with the construction of the Mossie.

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:40 PM

Well, you can never go wrong with a Thud Weasel, no matter what the shortcomings are...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:56 PM

I'm in with the clam dip!

SEA, big scale, big mean airplane.

I have never seen one of these fly although I have seen quite a few at shows.

It's probably Republic's last big program- the A-10 was both Republic and Fairchild.

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: MN
Posted by Nathan T on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 11:00 PM

Saaaweeet! I built Trumpy’s younger brother in 1 48 scale, and you’ll definitely need those metal landing gear. It’s more so the attachment part of the gear legs that’s the weak point. The bottom wing is so thin that the attachment hole isn’t very deep. 

What are you doing for ordinance?

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 11:59 PM

"First in, last out" has a lot of detail on that.

Two ARMs.

  • Member since
    May, 2016
Posted by Hobbie on Thursday, January 03, 2019 3:18 AM

Big bird! I'm taking a seat, this should be interesting! :-) 

His older 1/48 Revellogram brothers already look big and mean!

Did Trumpeteer's infamous Mad Riveter went to town on this one also? The 1/72 version had parts looking like a cheese grater...

Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling with a pig in the mud : after a while, you realize the pig likes it.

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Louisville, KY
Posted by Builder 2010 on Thursday, January 03, 2019 1:04 PM

Riveting looks modest. I don't yet know what ordinance, but since it's a anti-radiation plane, the HARM missiles seem like a must-have. I suppose you need to do this pretty early on if you need to drill out mounting holes. I'll have to study the instructions to see what those are. I also need to get a reference book on this bird, and FSM just reviewed a F-105 A-F book by MMP, but it's $40, and that's a little steep. I'll see if there's other stuff available. There's always Google.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, January 03, 2019 9:08 PM

If you've got a 1/2 price book seller near you check them out. It's a long shot but the one near us gets this stuff in every once in awhile. You may get lucky!

In the pattern: 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and a 1/32 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build!

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 03, 2019 11:10 PM

Squadron has a good book with tons of photos for reference, “Wild Weasel- The SAM Suppresion Story”, that covers the whole SEAD program. At least until the 90s and before the Balkan Wars, when the F-16 took over the SEAD role. From early efforts in Korea, thru the whole Vietnam Air war effort, to finally Desert Storm. It is quite affordable, and a great starting point. 

As a side note, Shrike ARMs will be your primary weapon for a Thud Weasel in Vietnam. The Standard ARM did not appear until late in the war. Early Thud Weasels often carried CBUs in a”flat four” configuration on the centerline rack as well.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

Ole
  • Member since
    October, 2018
  • From: Central VA
Posted by Ole on Friday, January 04, 2019 5:40 AM

I've built this kit years ago and it's really nice without any major issues. Good thing you already got the metal landing gear. That is a must for this kit. It's too heavy for the plastic gear.

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Louisville, KY
Posted by Builder 2010 on Friday, January 11, 2019 5:25 PM

I bought 2 Aires Ejection Seats with pilots, resin rear-flank air inlets, and Eduard's cockpit instruments/placards, but the G-Force gear was out of stock at my LHS' suppliers. So the fellow for whom I'm building the model located them on ebay and they were delivered to my home today. I suspect I may have to solder the gear to a brass plate and glue that into the airframe, especially since the mounting is depending on those thin wing skins.

I still have a few weeks of work on the Bronx Building that I'm constructing for the railroad and it's coming out quite well. I had some of the more intricate architectural details 3D printed, and am constructing the remaining cornices. All the rest is laser cut.

 

It's going to be one heck of a building.

So stay tuned.

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