HAWK 1/48th F-84G KIT #505 Kit #701 with raised markings
Kit #219 "Chrome Plated"

Collectors' prices: $10.00 to 40.00

The kit was the first of the 1/48th scale Thunderjet kits. I had two of these kits; this kit #505 is without raised markings, and #701 with raised markings, which I sold. The one without raised markings was with decals for FS-652, the one with raised markings was with decals for FS-343. Box art was different for the two kits. As I sold the kit before I started this little quest, I don't have either the box or the decals to show herein. Hawk also released the F-84G "Completely chrome plated" as Kit #219, with decals for FS-747-A. I don't have information about when the Hawk F-84G was first released, but it appears to be about 1954 or 1955. I also do not know how many times it was released, or the extent of the changes to subsequent releases. I presume that, despite the "larger" kit number, that the one with raised markings was earlier than the kit without the raised markings; the FS-652 kit is marked with copyright date 1957. Anyone with specifics, .

KIT REVIEW

The Hawk F-84 is injection molded plastic. The kit with raised markings is silver, the other is off-white. Presumably, the "Completely chrome plated" kit was vacuum plated. There are about 26 parts, all of which were fairly well molded and with little flash on either kit. Although the two boxes (505 and 701) displayed different artwork, the decals were identical except for the FS numbers. As both kits were 30 or more years old when I bought them, the decals were badly yellowed, but were otherwise in reasonably good shape. Both kits (with and without the raised markings) have subtle raised panel lines and panels which are either smooth or textured to give visual differentiation when painted. Cockpit detail consists of a molded-on pilot with representations of seat back and electronics pack, and a gunsight. Landing gear consists of stylized sticks with representations of wheels. Gear wells are holes, and gear covers are flat shapes, all with no detail, and incorrectly shaped. F-84G aircraft were fitted with braced canopies; the Hawk kit canopy is molded without either the bracing or the removable bay-access panel. Fuselage length is not correct, being approximately correct for XP-84 through F-84D models. Panel lines, fuselage profile, planform, main gear bay, and tailpipe representations, are not accurate for any Thunderjet. The auxiliary tanks appear to be the 185 gallon tanks correct for the early series of Thunderjets. Considering that most of the "details" on the Hawk model are for "early" aircraft, it is logical that the tanks would also be the "early" series, being smaller and without fins or seam fairings. According to the serial number assignments listed on page 205 of David R. McLaren's book, Republic F-84 Thunderjet, Thunderstreak, & Thunderflash, FS-652 (6652 tail no.) would be an F-84B; FS-343 (7343 tail no.) is not listed as a valid F-84 serial number; FS-747-A (51747 tail no. -- usually, only the last digit of the year was shown, so the correct tail number would be 1747) is listed as an F-84G serial number. In any case, the Hawk kit is not an F-84G, being, at best, a "generic" Thunderjet.

I did not build either kit, so I don't have explicit comments on how the kit builds. It is safe to say, however, that it is so simplistic, and the parts fit well enough in dry fit, that it would be easy even for a beginner. At best, the kit can be described as well-molded, with good fit and finish, but does not build into an accurate Thunderjet. However, since it resembles an F-84D or earlier Thunderjet, with some care, the kit can be made into an attractive representation of the early Thunderjet, as is demonstrated by the Hawk model by Bob Berry which he built from the kit (which I sold him) with the raised panel lines.


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Box art, Hawk 1/48th scale "F-84G Thunderjet", kit #505, without raised markings.

Decals, Hawk 1/48th scale "F-84G Thunderjet", kit #505.

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Outside of Instruction Sheet, Hawk 1/48th scale "F-84G Thunderjet", kit #505.

Inside of Instruction Sheet, Hawk 1/48th scale "F-84G Thunderjet", kit #505.

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Box art, Hawk 1/48th scale "F-84G Thunderjet", kit #219, "Completely chrome plated."

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The Hawk F-84 is now primarily a collector's kit, and I have seen asking prices ranging up to $30; I haven't investigated prices specifically, so prices may be higher than that. For purposes of building an accurate F-84 Thunderjet, the kit is not worth buying. For purposes of collection or nostalgia, or whether to build or remain unbuilt, it is worth as much as the buyer is willing to pay in order to have it as part of their collection.


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