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F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72) - HA2502
F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72) - HA2502
F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72) - HA2502
F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72) - HA2502
F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72) - HA2502
Hobby Master Diecast Airplanes

F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72)

Item #: HA2502
Availability: Sold Out, Discontinued
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Retail: $49.95
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    Points to Purchase:4295
    Points Earned:42
    Bonus Points Earned:0

    Length: 10.75"

    Wingspan 5.75"

    Prepainted Diecast Metal Model

    Collectors item: Not suitable for children under 14

    F-105B Thunderchief, Thunderbirds, 1964 (1:72) by Hobby Master Diecast Airplanes

    Item Number: HA2502 The "B" variant of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief was the initial production version and became operational in May 1958 replacing the F-84 Thunderjet. On December 11, 1959 an F-105B set a world speed record of 1,216.48 mph over a 62 mile course. The F-105B never saw combat and only 75 were produced before the all-weather "D" variant became available in 1964. The F-105Bs were transferred to ANG and AFRES units with their last flight in 1981 when they were sent to be scrapped. At least five aircraft were spared and sent to museums.$0

    On June 1, 1953 the 3600th Air Demonstration Team was activated and later named "Thunderbirds". In 1964 the USAF Thunderbirds selected the F-105B as their new aircraft replacing the F-100C. Nine specially modified Thunderchiefs arrived for the new season. After the sixth show of the season tragedy struck when Capt. Gene Devlin died when his F-105 broke apart while performing a high-G climbing maneuver prior to landing. Later that year the team returned to the F-100D variant and flew this until 1969 when they switched to the F-4 Phantom II.$0

    The Thunderbird's aircraft were stripped of all weapons.

    Model Details for Hobby Master 1:72 United States Air Force F-105B Thunderchief - DiMA ID# 20944


    Hobby Master United States Air Force F-105B Thunderchief 1:72 - HA2502 - DiMA ID#20944
    United States Air Force Hobby Master
    United States Air Force Hobby Master

    Country &
    Continent:
    United States of America
    United States of America
    North America
    North America

    Aircraft: F-105B Thunderchief Scale: 1:72

    Part #: HA2502 DiMA ID#: 20944

    Release Date: 2009 Disc Date: 2009

    Status: Production Stopped Units: Unlimited

    Remarks: "3600th Air Demonstration Team 'Thunderbirds', Major Paul Kauttu, 1964".
    Registration:  57-5782 Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney J75-P-3

    Classification: Military

    Last Updated: 06/20/2009

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    Product Reviews
    Overall Customer Rating:
    Customer Reviews: 1
    Thunderbird Thud
    Rating:
    Author:
    Tony G
    Location:
    Georgia
    Review Date:
    8/21/2009

    Pros:
    • Outstanding HM Quality
    • Good price and value
    • Great paint and graphics
    • Collectability factor
    Cons:
    • Better design on plastic container
    • Different shades on panels
    HobbyMaster "HM" continues it''s benchmark of excellence with the release of this F-105B Thunderchief in Thunderbird colors. If you are a collector of Flight Demonstration Team type aircrafts or if you just would like to have this one in your hanger, than this model is a must have. HM has done a great job in reproducing the 1960''s Thud all dressed up for the dance. The actual Thunderbirds only used the F-105 for about 6 months but I''m glad that HM decided to give us this 1:72 scale big fighter plane representing an important part of our aviation legacy and history.



    HM did a good job in the packaging with nice graphics and a short write up on the model. The plastic container that actually holds the model in place has some issues. The area where the model is secured at the wings can be a bit tricky trying to remore the model from it. Care must be taken so you don''t damage or break the extra long pitot tube on the left wing. Would have been nice if HM had provided a spare just in case.



    The model has some weight to it, built with few plastic parts and is a big fighter type plane even in 1:72 scale. The fit and finish on this model is supper and there are no nasty gaps to complain about. The wings, horizontal stabilizer and tail all line up just right, no bending required. The paint and all the graphics are Tampo applied, no decals to discolor and wear off. The red on the model might be a little on the dark side, I''m not an expert on paint colors for the Thunderbirds. I wish that HM would have painted the panels on the model in different shades of silver for a more realistic look.



    The cockpit is nicely detailed. It includes an ejection seat, control stick, detailed instrument panel and a heads-up display "HUD" for creature comforts. It also includes a pilot figure with a white helmet and olive drab flight suit and gear. If you would like to repaint the pilot like I do, I reccommend acrylic hobby paints as they adhere well to the rubber pilots and clean up is easy with just water. The canopy and windshield plastic is typical HM standard crystal clear and canopy operation up and down is easy and smooth.



    The model comes with the insert and display one piece landing gear "LG" parts, which is great because you don''t have to mess with small LG actuators. It also includes a stand to display the model in the up and away mode with the LG up or down. HM did a good job in providing the interchangable exhaust airbrake pedals for that extra touch of realism. This offering doesn''t come with any external stores ie; fuel tanks, pods, bombs, as it is a Flight Demonstration Team aircraft.



    Overall HM has done a supper job in bringing us this very nice replica of a historic combat aircraft painted in those special colors we''ve grown to love.





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