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F84 Thunderjet WIP
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 12:50 PM

 

Got started on my F84 with the pit. I have an Eduard pe set to add some additional details to this great looking kit that is good oob but the pe part and film instrument faces will look even better. I still have to cut off the molded foot pedals and replace them with the pe ones.

The pit tub was assembled and is ready for paint. The seat still needs the pe belts that will go on after paint is sprayed on.

 

have a decal sheet for colorful Thunderjets but for the E variant and my kit is a G. A little research revealed the main exterior differences are the vents on the fuselage doors and the inflight refueling door on the port inside wing on the G model and absent on the earlier E.

The kit offers both early and later reinforced canopies that appeared by late 1952. I want to use the markings of the 527th FBS, 86th FB based at Neubiberg, Germany 1952 that will require deleting the vents and refueling doors. 

The Squadron book has lots of useful information.

 

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 1:43 PM

I pooled Plast I Weld over the light refueling door pane lines which swells up the plastic over the panel lines creating a filler. After a few hours of curing the area is carefully sanded smooth with various grits of sanding pads eliminating the panel lines.

For the door vents I cut and fitted a piece of plastic sheet and pooled the Plast I Weld over the patch causing it to ment into the area and later can be easily sanded smooth when cured. I will be using Alclad and Xtreme Metal paints and don’t want to use any putty as filler. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, January 22, 2021 2:10 PM

Nice method of concealment. Very smart, P.J.

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Posted by Pawel on Friday, January 22, 2021 2:13 PM

Hello!

Lookin' good! With the vents gone, is it now an F-84E?

How about the rear deck of the cabin - do you have enough commo gear there?

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 4:46 PM

Pawel

Hello!

Lookin' good! With the vents gone, is it now an F-84E?

How about the rear deck of the cabin - do you have enough commo gear there?

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

 

Yes with both corrections it will look like an E. The rear deck has enough on it to look busy but I may add some wires and other junk.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 4:49 PM

M. Brindos

Nice method of concealment. Very smart, P.J.

 

Thanks. I love using Plast I Weld cause it melts the plastic into a solid join and pooling it will swell the plastic and hide defects.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:30 PM

Test fitting the rockets and got the 500 pounders and pylons together and ready to be cleaned up.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:31 PM

Got the office done

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, February 1, 2021 9:49 AM

Nice work on the front office there PJ. That kit is one of Revell's best.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 1, 2021 10:12 AM

Looking good. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, February 1, 2021 11:28 AM

Nice!

John

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, February 1, 2021 11:39 AM

Geez !

 I didn't know anyone still made models of that old bird. She's probably the first one I liked along with the F-9-F panther

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:44 PM

Thanks guys!

got the wings together 

And the fuselage closed up

For some reason the clamped fuselage reminds me of Uncle Fester when he needed to clear his head in a head clamp.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:21 PM

Short update on my F84, ready for gloss black enamel then some Alclad paints for a nmf.

Got the clear parts masked. The upgraded canopy had reinforced tape which was an off white color, not silver as the main frame is so I have those masked and after spraying them will mask again to shoot the nmf for the main frame.

The rear canopy deck got some scratch built additions and pe parts to add more details

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 1:21 PM

 

shot the black gloss enamel in preparation for the Alclad paints. Will let this one cure for a few days then polish up the paint to get a smooth aluminum finish.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:10 PM

A short update on my F84. Polished the gloss black and shot the Chrome Alclad. Man that thing is like  a mirror and surface prep is a must. I went with the shinier chrome cause it has a lot of masking to come for the very colorful squadron colors  and will be shooting Aquagloss to protect the finish and will probably dial down the shine a notch. Will also be masking panels to get different metallic shades.

 TV

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:18 PM

Nice looking finish!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:06 PM

Thanks kdog 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:09 PM

Sweet perfection!

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:13 PM

Wow! Very shiny! 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:09 PM

Whoa. Now that's a shineee finish! 

Congratulations!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:39 PM

Holy cow that's some serious bling there! Paint looks incredible 

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:47 AM

Thanks guys. I took an old soft cotton t shirt and lightly polished the Alclad and actually made a tad shinier. From what videos I have seen the Aquagloss  doesn't kill the metallic effect. Lots of masking to come.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:40 PM

 

I'm waiting for Gauzy shine enhancer to shoot over the Alclad to protect it from masking since is says it will not change the metallic tone. The masking is a bit more complicated for using post notes so just want to make sure the tape doesn't pull up the high shine paint.

I tested Aquagloss on a test piece and wasn't completely happy with the look.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, February 19, 2021 2:10 PM

Ohh this is really getting interesting! That Gauzy stuff sounds promising if it can really cover chrome type paints without losing shine. I ordered some myself today. Really exciting. Glad you shared that.

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, February 19, 2021 5:26 PM

TheMongoose

Ohh this is really getting interesting! That Gauzy stuff sounds promising if it can really cover chrome type paints without losing shine. I ordered some myself today. Really exciting. Glad you shared that.

 

Well the Gauzy came in today and I shot it over the Alclad and I'm VERY happy to report no loss of metallic sheen. This stuff levels out like a champ leaving a glass smooth finish. I freaked out at first cause it was a bit gainy in a couple of spots but it just leveled out smooth. No pictures cause believe me, there is no difference in the metallic effect!

I will post some pictures once I shoot the yellow and white paint on the tanks and tail feathers.

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, February 22, 2021 8:40 AM

Hi, Ernie - Your F-84 is looking outstanding, really good build quality and superb finish. That gloss NMF is perfect, and I'm glad the gloss protective coats didn't change the effect you had achieved with just the Alclad. It will be fun to see the completion of this one.

Thanks for the post with all of the details and the photos, mighty nice job you're making of this one. I'm glad you're an active member here at FSM, much to be learned from you.

Patrick

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 22, 2021 4:15 PM

Thanks Patrick for dropping by. I will have more pictures as soon as I have shot some of the other colors.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:45 PM

Have been unable to work on this for a couple of days but finally shot the tanks yellow and white for the tail feathers, Both will have checker boards on them. I also picked out a few panels and shot them in very subtle contrasting shades. I still have to mask and shoot olive drab on the spine along with red. 



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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:53 PM

Plasticjunkie, is that with the Gauzzy over the chrome paint? If so would you mind if i posted a pic over on LSP to show one of the guys there how it looks over Alclad? 

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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