|62-4284 F-105D-25-RE Thunderchief
The Trumpeter kit is pretty good but there are a few things wrong with it. Obvious ones I corrected.
The ones that the average person would not notice or required a correction kit, I left as is. To buy the
correction kits, you'd have as much money in them as the cost of the kit itself. Besides, I started
building this before they came out.
Tail code, serial, data plate and Mig Kill marking were drawn with Corel and printed with an Alps
printer. Finished with Model Master enamels.
My info shows 62-4284 as a confirmed "Triple Mig Killer" during the SEA Conflict. On 10 March 67,
Cpt. Max Brestel downed two Mig 17s and 27 Oct. 67 Cpt. G.I. Basil downed a Mig 17.
62-4284 crashed on 12 March 1976 while maneuvering near Clayton, OK. Details of the crash are
unknown. The pilot, Capt. Larry L. Kline was killed. He and the F-105 were with the 465 TFS / 507
TFG (Air Force Reserves) out of Tinker AFB, OK. Thanks to Jeff Wilkinson, Oklahoma Wreckchasers
for the info.
Model resides at the Hickory Aviation Museum, Hickory, NC
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|355 TFW, 354 TFS, Takhli RTAFB
Kit was molded with the avionics cooling scoop located on the aircraft
centerline. I corrected that. Since I built this, I found out it's wrong!! The
'D's are on the Centerline and the 'F's and 'G's are offset. She will remain
Main gear doors were molded without any detail whatsoever. Since I started this kit before any
correction sets were available, I added detail with card stock and plastic strips.
The kit supplied TER is useless. Way too thin. I used a TER supplied with the Tamiya F-4C/D kit with
Main gear are real spindly. Not much you can do with them except replace them with metal after
market ones. They should have made them out of metal like Tamiya does on their 1/32 scale kits. I
did replace the axle with aluminum tubing.
Markings were drawn with Corel Draw and printed with my ALPS Printer.