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F84 Thunderjet WIP (COMPLETED)

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 22, 2021 7:14 PM

TheMongoose

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? 

 



Yes the Gauzy is over the Alclad. The contrasting panels don't have it over them but want to polish them first to see how they will look and will probably use the Gauzy over them too.
Yes not a problem posting at LSP. 

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:40 PM

Looks like my F84 is ready for decals

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:07 PM

 
This is about 4 hours worth and enough for tonight. The tank decals are in 8 parts requiring careful alignment to get all the sections to line up.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:15 PM

WOW WOW WOW!!! Best looking F-84 I've ever seen. Wonderful paint and decal work. That really pops

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:40 AM

Thanks Mongoose. Thank God for Solvaset otherwise the nose decal would have looked like crap. This stuff pulled the decal tight and got rid of the bad fit.

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Posted by Buckeye2 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:09 AM

Wow, that looks fantastic, great work there!

Mike

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:21 PM

Buckeye2

Wow, that looks fantastic, great work there!

Mike

 

Yes

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 27, 2021 8:25 AM

A short update. I have been cutting all the larger numbers and letter to get rid of the carrier film.




Got the tail attached and checkered 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:40 PM

Excellent alignment, that's not easy to do.

John

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Saturday, February 27, 2021 1:16 PM

That looks fantastic PJ!  Just out of curiosity, what type of blade do you typically use for trimming away carrier film?  Do you go all the way through the paper when you do it, or do you just score through the film?

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:47 PM

Oh yeah way to keep the bar high on this one. Trimming that film is probably the only way to keep it from showing on that mirror finish. Beautiful 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:43 PM

Thanks gents!  

Eagle, I trim the outside with scissors and the insides with a #11 blade, lightly scoring the film that will be removed after wetting it with water. I then carefully slide the decals in place, press with a tissue to get all the bubbles out then apply Solvaset to melt the decal down.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, February 28, 2021 6:42 PM

Thanks PJ.  Good to know that its a blade I always have plenty of.  That technique will definitely come in handy when I'm finishing up the post-war Spitfire I'm building alongside the Frog.  That's got huge letters on it.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 1, 2021 5:52 AM

Eaglecash867

Thanks PJ.  Good to know that its a blade I always have plenty of.  That technique will definitely come in handy when I'm finishing up the post-war Spitfire I'm building alongside the Frog.  That's got huge letters on it.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:45 AM

Have a quick update on my F84. Got most of the left side decals on except for a few tiny stencils. 


Started on the right side decals

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, March 5, 2021 8:19 AM

Been adding decals and trimming as close as possible to get rid of the carrier film. The included kit decals have quite an extensive set of stencils, many super tiny but will eventually get applied. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 8, 2021 12:02 AM

Got the 250 pounders done. They were sprayed OD and once dry, they were decaled and had oil paint filters applied to get some tonal changes in the solid color. The oil paint needs to dry before I can shoot some clear flat. Still need to add the fuse wires.

The rockets are painted and decals applied.

Those pesky tank checkered decals are finally on, all 16 parts that cover the tanks.

About 95% of the decals are on except for a couple of very small stencils.

The bomb pylons were also attached.

 
 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, March 8, 2021 10:24 AM

Hey pj, this thing is looking awesome! I was following your progress in the CAS GB, but I though to post here. I built this kit a while back and have another in the stash, along with some other NMF subjects. Your progress is giving me the itch to build something shiny. Well, maybe not as beautifully shiny as yours, but "reflective." Your paint and decal work are first class. Keep it up! I'm really looking forward to the final product.

Cheers!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 8, 2021 11:33 AM

Thanks O. This F80 is both reflective and shiny thanks to the Gauzy coat. I can't tell any difference with any reflective change using the Gauzy product.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, March 8, 2021 2:41 PM

That's just beautifully colorful!

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, March 8, 2021 2:50 PM

Pure 50's markings flash all over this one PJ! That sure looks beautiful!

One more thing that you can do for the bombs colorwise is to have the bomb itself in faded OD, typical from storage outdoors in bomb dumps. While you can paint the fins in a newer more vivid shade of OD or Dark Green, because those are usually kept in storage boxes until shortly before being put on the bombs shortly before the mission to protect them from damage and insure better accuracy once dropped.

 

 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 8, 2021 3:42 PM

Thanks Mike. Glad you like the colors.

Great points stik. I did the filters over the gloss coat which I don't like doing cause most of the oil paint slides off. I rather add the filters over a flat coat giving me more control. Yellow ochre oil paint filter over flat OD fades and streaks the darker color very realistically so I will be doing that soon. Good call on the darker fin colors.

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Posted by suomi39 on Monday, March 8, 2021 3:50 PM

That metal finish is fantastic! And great attention to detail on the wing tank decals. Looking forward to the finished bird. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 8, 2021 4:27 PM

suomi39

That metal finish is fantastic! And great attention to detail on the wing tank decals. Looking forward to the finished bird. 

 

Thanks!!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:55 AM

An update on the build, the F84 has legs! The gears, wheels  and flaps were finally attached

Took stik’s  suggestion about darkening the fin assemblies since they were kept separate from the bombs And added some very fine stretched sprue painted in silver as the fuse wires. Thanks for the tip and pictures. I also added more oil paint filters to break up the solid monotone OD color.

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Posted by suomi39 on Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:47 AM

Wow, the oil filters really took those bombs to the next level. Excellent touch!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:27 AM

suomi39

Wow, the oil filters really took those bombs to the next level. Excellent touch!

 

Thanks. Was gonna dirty them up a bit but this particular squadron was stanioned in Germany in 1952 and figured things were cleaner than during the war in Korea where they generally were heavily weathered and dusty.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:35 PM

The older pre G F84s were eventually retrofitted with the reinforced canopy and multi hole perforated dive brake. I  decided to make the earlier 4 squared pattern dive brake out of wine foil which just happened to have a mustard yellow back side matching the yellow zinc chromate correct for it. 

Bent the foil over the plastic part and attached it.

 

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:27 PM

THAT is a beautiful model 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:28 PM

TheMongoose

THAT is a beautiful model 

 

Thank you!

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