F-84F Thunderstreak Design and Build

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by exzealot, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. exzealot

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    Happy Holidays to everyone!

    First, just as information, I submitted the X-15A-2 to Ecardmodels, so it will be available as soon as Chris gets it uploaded.

    And now for my next project: a 1/32 scale F-84F Thunderstreak.

    I am building this for my dad. He is very familiar with this aircraft. In the '50's and early 60's, he was in the Indiana Air National Guard - they flew Thunderstreaks at that time. The squadron was called to active duty in 1961, and was stationed in France during the Berlin Crisis. For those who were not around then, this was when Kruschiev (sp?) said he was going to take West Berlin, and President Kennedy said "no you're not".

    DeGaulle was president of France at that time, and he told the French people "There will be no nuclear weapons in France". This became a joke to the squadron of Thundrestreaks since its only mission was to deliver nuclear bombs to some "undisclosed" eastern location if needed.

    My Dad was a nuclear armament specialist; he oversaw the loading of the weapons, and armed them from inside the cockpit. Thankfully, these awefull weapons were never used.

    As another interesting side note, my Dad spoke to the pilots quite often, and these pilots never knew where their destination would be, but they knew they weren't coming back; at least with their aircraft - in other words: enough kerosene to get there and bail out as far west as possible.

    I hope you enjoy this design and build - I really enjoy doing them - way better than "plastic" if I dare use the "P" word.

    Enjoy!

    Ken
  2. knife

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    The military still has "one way missions". I've had training for some, but never had to perform them. Today's military is every bit dedicated and professional as our forefathers. Keep them in mind as you celebrate the holidays, and support the USO.
  3. exzealot

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    To all,

    The basic "bones" of the aircraft is finished. The fuselage has been segmented at strategic spots to try and coincide with the panel breaks on the real jet. I tend to have too many segments, but it does seem to get rid of the truncations and chopiness that are typical in paper models. If designed and built accurately enough, the joints tend to disappear, and things turn out great.

    Ken

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    To all,

    Today, while everyone else is walking around with hangovers, I decided to work on the Thunderstreak. I have added a lot of details to this model. The speed brakes will be open (or the option of leaving it closed). The canopy will be fully open as well.

    The externals are a bit problematic since this jet was used as both fighter and bomber. So for now, I will just be adding drop tanks.

    Also, take a look at the paint scheme for the Thunderbirds! I might just do that one!

    Ken

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    Ken, you do the Thunderbird paint scheme and I will buy another one of you designs.:thumb:
  6. exzealot

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    To all,

    I finished the design phase yesterday, so today, I wanted to cut and glue something, so I started with the tail.

    While my dad is investigating aircraft markings and rummaging through old slides and videos, I decided to do a version with Thunderbird markings!

    So for all you Thunderbird fans, here we go! :thumb:

    Ken

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    Excellent design all round
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    Today's installment: The middle fuselage section.

    This fuselage has a lemon-shaped cross-section, which proved to be quite a bear when trying to wrap the skin around the formers and hoping that the ends of the panels meet up.

    Well, after several attempts, I found the solution. Basically, a lower wrap, then a cap. Note that I designed up some lateral stiffeners to keep the lower panels straight and stable so that the cap panel has a nice surface to glue itself against. I can't stand that "starving cow" appearance. Another benefit of this method is that there are no bottom or top seams.

    The rear portion has 4 ducts - 2 per side; these have to be glued inside the walls prior to wrapping the panels around the formers.

    Stay tuned...

    Ken

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    Really nice work...have you sleep in night????
  10. cgutzmer

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    Looks REALLY good Ken :) thanks for the build shots!
    Chris
  11. dhanners

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    Wow. Great work so far, and a very smart design. Watching you come up with this stuff is truly inspiring....
  12. exzealot

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    To all,

    This, and the next post shows the build of the nose section. After a little experimentation, I figured out how to control the race-track shape opening. Basically, a square template that is trimmed to a thin bulkhead once dry. Then the pre-assembled skin is slipped over the structures; then glued.

    Ken

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    The nose-section continued...

    The last picture shows the subject flying in the mid-fifties. Wouldn't you love to see these flying in formation today.

    Ken

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    This looks great so far; I'm not a huge fan of the F-84 but this model could convert me. (Actually, they used to have an old Indiana Air Guard F-84 sitting on the Vigo County Courthouse lawn in Terre Haute that looked kinda cool....)

    Anyway, I just wanted to say this is another sharp build. The sharpness and cleanliness of your design and work is really inspiring.
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    I like those early jets! Very advanced model! Wish I could be so familiar with computer designing...

    Cybermac
  16. exzealot

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    I have been working on the cockpit tub - one of the more difficult aspects in this design since there cannot be bulkheads running through the pilot's space.

    Also, I went back and repainted the blue to a darker shade more like the real thing. The RH side carried the Thunderbird logo as shown below.

    Ken

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    I repainted the mid-fuselage section. Changed the letters to blue, and I shortened the black detail on the spine.

    After connecting it to the rest of the fuselage, it is starting to look like the real thing.

    The last picture shows the tail in its relative position to the fuselage to give you an idea how big this aircraft is in 1/32 scale.

    Ken

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  18. cgutzmer

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    every time I take a looksy I am more impressed :)
    Chris
  19. flying rasta

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    simply wow. any tips on how to harden paper and give it a gloss look?

    this is great. hope to imitate you one day in model design.
  20. exzealot

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    To Flying Rasta,

    I read your question about creating a shine to a paper model in this thread and your build thread.

    In reading some builds on Formula 1 cars, it seems that the common method is to slowly add (layer by layer) future floor acrylic. But as you stated, you can't buy it where you live.

    This is a good question; I would like to know if there are any other methods too. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?

    Ken