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Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

by Jack Hollander

 

The nickname of this Thud is “The Polish Glider”, so called because if the plane lost power it went down like a brick

 

I painted the Thud with Testor Model master Paint in a standard camouflage scheme: Dark Tan, Dark Green, and Medium green; the underside is camouflage gray.

 

I had to scratch build the left flap because I lost it over the course of 3 Katrina related moves.

 

Alclad was used on the exhaust and refueling door.

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The panel lines are rather subtle and were airbrushed free-hand without masking. I used Floquil weathered black for the panel lines. Maybe I should explain. First, the whole model was primed with a gray primer. I then roughed in the color coats, starting with the Dark Green. It was at this point that I did the panel lines.

 

At this stage, the whole plane looked black – – the panel lines being the darkest; the overspray lighter.

 

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After it dried, I applied the final color coat, followed by two coats of Floquil Gloss Clear to apply the decals. Floquil Flat was then sprayed over the entire model.

 

To finish it off, I hit it very lightly with a very fine sandpaper – as though you were running your finger over it. This takes off any high spots and gives the finish more depth.

 

Trumpeter 1/32 F105D Thud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The landing gear is brass and tends to bow under the weight of the plastic. It looks wobbly, but it’s more stable than you would think. I did drill the metal out and pin it. The bottom of the wheels were flattened by melting them on a coffee pot warmer.

The only aftermarket part that was add was a Black Box cockpit set. Trumpeter also makes a Wild weasel version of the 105, which would have been inserting to build – it’s 2 inches longer.

 

 

Photos by Jeff Junker