After I had built the E-version of the F-84 "Thunderjet" in the big scale a while ago (see my article here on ARC), I was certain that HB will issue soon another version of this jet and taking a look at the sprues of the "E" , there was no doubt that it will be the G-model, because it was very easy to add only a few new parts and using the rest of the "E" to create a new kit.
Building the "G"-model is absolutely fun and I experienced no problems. As usual with HB-models, the rivets and panel lines are again oversized and I solved this problem by sanding them partly down and giving the whole model several coates of Mr. Surfacer 500. Rescribing rivets and panel lines was later done on the aluminium foil, which I've used to get a realistic bare metal finish.
The kit contains nicely printed decals for an American and a French Thunderjet which operated in the early fifties. For my "G" I've chosen one of the most colorful US-Thunderjets, Col. Joe Davis Jr.'s "Four Queens" in the markings shown during the Korean war in 1951, when he was commanding the 58th FBG.
Let's now hope that the HB engineers are watching ARC from time to time to find out what we modelers need most.
Thanks for reading my article und enjoy my pictures.
Photos and text © by Peter Doll