Testors 1/72nd RF-84F KIT #876

Price: Unknown

The Testors kit is of the same family roots as the Italeri F-84F kit #107. Both have the fuselage halves molded in two pieces; the nose sections are interchangeable, as are the wings, etc. Considering the substantial difference in the two aircraft, I don't see that much advantage was gained by trying to make common parts, especially since the fuselage join requires considerable care to "hide" the joint. I bought this kit for $3.00 at a kit swap meet.

KIT REVIEW

The kit consists of 48 light gray parts, five clear parts, and one decal sheet. The parts are good quality, with very little flash, a few sink holes, and reasonably small attachment runners. The raised panel lines could be smaller, but are not grossly oversized. The Testors and Italeri kits are very similar in concept, details, and quality to the Airfix/MPC kits, my general impression being that this series is slightly better than those, except for cockpit detail, which is next to nothing in these Testors/Italeri kits. Specifically, there is no tub and no consoles, the instrument panel -- if it can be called an instrument panel -- is pathetic, and the pilot's seat mounts to a ledge behind the cockpit. But, I know this plane will fly as furnished; the pilot figure has legs. Ooops, I guess it won't fly after all -- there are no rudder pedals. Dry fit of parts indicates reasonable fit, with occasional gaposis; there is no tailpipe, just a see through. As mentioned above, the two-piece fuselage halves require careful fitting in order to align without showing the joint. This is complicated, because the two halves then have to align in front an behind the joint. These parts resisted correct alignment during my dry fit, but it appears they would align with some careful persuasion. The canopy and windscreen are separate parts, so the canopy may be posed open. The too-thick quarter windows -- but better than those with the Airfix/MPC kit -- are separate pieces to fit into frames molded into the fuselage halves. Detail in the speed brake wells is good for the scale, but there is no detailing in gear wells. Nose gear detail is quite good, but the shrink strut is missing. Alternate parts are furnished for main gear struts and fairings if built with gear down, or fairings if built for in-flight. The decals look quite good as they are clean and well printed, with only a slight misregistration of the red noticable only on the US Insigina. The decals with this kit are for three subjects. They are Luftwaffe EB-234 in camouflage scheme, USAF FS-429, serial number 52-7429, natural metal, and Chinese Nationalist Air Force 5611, serial number 52-7345.

Like the Italeri kit, the box is the flaps-on-the-end style. Unlike the Italeri, this box included a tray, so the parts stay much more securely inside the package.


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Box Art, Testors kit #876.

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Fuselage, Testors kit #876.

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So far as I am aware, this is the only 1/72nd kit of the Thunderflash available. It is okay from the box, but some detailing would help. Although I haven't seen the AeroMaster kit yet, perhaps some of the upgrade parts from that kit would help this one.


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