Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Print Scale
Decal Sheet ID 72-352
Decal Sheet Title Silver F-105D Thunderchiefs in the Vietnam War
Types Featured F-105D

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Print Scale sheet 72-352 covers silver-painted F-105D Thunderchiefs from the Vietnam War. The aircraft featured are:

  • F-105D-25-RE 61-0216 from the 12th TFS, 18th TFW at Korat RTAFB during March 1968. This carried "FH-217" buzz numbers on the nose and a small Wing badge on the fin;
  • F-105D-31-RE 62-4408 from the 561st TFS, 23rd TFW at Takhli RTAFB during May 1965. This carried a black/yellow chequered band on the upper fin, black/yellow chequered rudder and a TAC badge on the fin superimposed on a yellow lightning bolt. It also carried "FH-408" buzz numbers on the nose;
  • F-105D-30-RE 62-4252 from the 44th TFS, 388th TFW at Korat RTAFB during July 1965. This carried "FH-252" buzz numbers on the nose, wing badge on the fin and "VIETNAM ANG" under the left intake;
  • F-105D-20-RE 61-0143 from the 354th TFS, 355th TFW at Takhli RTAFB during April 1965. This carried "FH-143" buzz numbers on the nose. The fin carried a broad band containing blue/white bands and a TAC badge on the fin superimposed on a yellow lightning bolt;
  • F-105D-25-RE 61-0163 from the 352nd TFS, 23rd TFW at Takhli RTAFB during June 1965. This carried "FH-163A" buzz numbers and wore a full colour red/white sharkmouth on the nose. It also wore a TAC badge on the fin superimposed on a yellow lightning bolt;
  • F-105D-20-RE 61-0116 from the 562nd TFS, 23rd TFW at Takhli RTAFB during September 1965. This wore "FH-116" buzz numbers. The rudder carried alternating red/white stripes and the fin wore a broad white band with a large black ace of spades. The wings and tailplanes also carried two red bands on each side. It wore a TAC badge on the fin superimposed on a yellow lightning bolt;
  • F-105D-31-RE 62-4347 from the 334th TFS, 355th TFW at Takhli RTAFB during November 1965. This did not carry buzz numbers. It carried the same TAC badge on the fin superimposed on a yellow lightning bolt, but also wore a broad dark blue band on the upper fin containing white stars. 

All aircraft were painted overall aluminium lacquer.

The instructions provide a left side view of each aircraft, with a small photograph of the real aircraft where available. Additional upper and lower views are provided for 61-0116 and a four-view shows the placement of stencils.

The decals are sharp and in reguster, although the white may not be sufficiently opaque. A limited set of stencils are provided for one aircraft. The "U.S. AIR FORCE" on the fuselage and "USAF" on the wings are provided as black but should be Insignia Blue.

This is a useful sheet for the Monogram, Hasegawa or Hobby Boss kits!

Review and images by Chris St Clair