Trumpeter, 1/72 scale
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||Trumpeter 01617 - F-105D Thunderchief
|Contents and Media:
||134 parts in grey coloured plastic;
12 parts in clear; markings for
||Around USD$XXXXXXXX, available
from specialist hobby
||High quality injection plastic
mouldings including finely recessed panel lines;
nicely detailed; positioable control surfaces, exhaust petals and gun
access panel plenty of useful options; high quality clear
parts; simple parts breakdown; very good decals.
||Rivets will not be to everyone's taste; decal
Reviewed by Brett Green
Trumpeter's 1/72 scale F-105D is available online from Squadron.com
Trumpeter's new 1/72 scale F-105D Thunderchief comprises 134 parts in
light grey coloured plastic; 12 parts in clear; and markings for three
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The plastic parts are produced to a very high standard.
An impressive level of detail is included, especially on
the aircraft's exterior. All control surfaces except the rudder are
positionable, as are the exhaust petals. The gun bay is also nicely
detailed, and a separate cover is supplied so this may be displayed open
or closed. The refuelling probe may be built deployed or retracted.
Ordnance is impressive too, with four Mk.82 bombs, two
AGM-12 missiles, two wing mounted drop tanks and a large centreline tank
available to mount on your Thunderchief model.
The basic structures of the cockpit and the seat are
well done, but the instrument panel and side consoles are blank faces
with decal instruments, dials and switches. In this small scale,
partially hidden by the coaming, this should not be a real shortcoming,
but nevertheless I am certain that we will soon see photo-etched
enhancements for this area. A harness is not supplied.
The plastic is very smooth. The surfaces of this model
are detailed with finely recessed panel lines and rows of recessed
rivets in selected areas. These rivets will not be to everyone's taste,
and to my eye they look overdone on this 1/72 scale jet. Fortunately,
the selective nature of their application will simplify the task of
filling or toning these down with either putty or Mr Surfacer / Tamiya
There are no sink marks or other imperfections in any visible
The clear parts are thin and free of distortion. The
windscreen and opening section are separate, so the canopy may easily be
displayed open. Navigation lights are
included as small clear parts too.
Markings for three aircraft are provided on a glossy
decal sheet. Two of the aircraft are camouflaged in SEA colours, while
the third option is painted in overall Aluminium (this is not a natural
The proportions and colours of the national markings
look odd, so after market stars and bars might be the order of the day
The decals are
nicely in register and the colours appear vibrant and opaque.
Trumpeter has delivered a very well detailed F-105D Thunderchief in
1/72 scale. The number of options and positionable parts is impressive
The question of surface detail is vexed, but at the end of the day it
is a matter of personal taste. The photos on this page show the state of
the surface detail straight from the box. Some modellers will be
satisfied with the rivets, while others may wish to deal with them using
putty or Surfacer products.
Wholesalers for the sample
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