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||Waterslide decals (multiple
sheets; one standard size and one 1/2 size)
||May vary according to place
of purchase (USD$10 if
purchased directly from AeroMaster)
||High quality decals
(includes all individual markings plus national insignia) and
excellent instructions (addendum instruction insert for the late
inclusion of decals for the coloured spine and lower rear fuselage
||Although not really a
disadvantage; decals designed for the Revell-Monogram F-84E
by John Kerr
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The Republic F-84 Thunderjet is similar to Republic's P-47
Thunderbolt in that both were somewhat overshadowed by the best
fighter aircraft of their eras, ie. North American F-86 Sabre and
P-51 Mustang. However just like their P-47 Thunderbolt, Republic's
F-84 Thunderjet gave great service to the fledgling USAF and other
nations who operated the type.
AMD 48-608 is the first of the "86th FBG" series and covers one
extremely colourful F-84E.
F-84E-30-RE Thunderjet 51-624
flown by the commander of the 86th Fighter Bomber Group, Col.
George Laven Jr. 527th FBS as based at Neubiberg, Germany in 1951/52.
Talk about one heck of a colourful scheme ! The basic finish is
overall Natural Metal finish with Flat Olive Green FS 34079 anti-glare
panel and the top of vertical tail painted Light Grey approx. FS
There are three Command stripes on the aft fuselage in the three
squadron colours of Blue, Red and Yellow (these are on a White band
and provided as two decals; left and right fuselage sides). The nose
band comprises of large Blue, Red and Yellow checks (this is a one
The vertical tail and rear horizontal stabilisers are covered in
Red and White checks (you first paint these areas White before
applying the Red check decals) with the Red extending down the rear
fuselage spine (left and right side decals are provided although some
modellers may prefer to paint this area instead).
The lower rear fuselage fairing is Yellow (again, left and right
side decals are provided and those same modellers may prefer to paint
this area instead). The wingtip tanks are also painted in the Blue,
Red and Yellow squadron colours (you must first paint the wingtip
tanks Red before applying the multi-piece multi-coloured check
decals). The underwing large USAF logo decal is split as it spills
over onto the undercarriage door.
The decals are designed specifically to fit the Revell-Monogram
1/48 scale F-84E kit, which has several noticeable differences to the
TAMIYA 1/48 F-84G (just as there were between the real aircraft).
Simply putting the decals on a TAMIYA F-84G will not give you an
accurate F-84E. I am currently building a Revell-Monogram F-84E after
completing TAMIYA's excellent F-84G back in 2000. I highly rate the
TAMIYA F-84G and am very impressed with the Revell-Monogram effort so
Although this set covers only one aircraft the finished model will
look spectacular. Applying the nose band, fuselage stripes, tail
checks and wingtip tank checks will certainly test your patience... I
suggest you have your favourite decal setting solution handy and take
your time applying the decals over several sessions.
The side and surface profiles on the coloured instructions are
excellent and include clear instructions on correctly placing the
multi-piece decals for the checked wingtip. The decals themselves are
crisp and in perfect register (no bleeding on the edges of the Yellow
Full marks to AeroMaster for tackling such a challenging scheme as
they could have easily churned out another decal set on Korean War
F-84s. Three more colourful F-84Es from the 86th FBG can be found on
AeroMaster set 48-609.
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.