1/48 Tamiya F-84G

Hellenic Air Force

Acrobat Squadron Hellenic Flame

by Thanos Mentzelopoulos

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Hello there!  I'm back with something completely different!  It's about the marvellous 1/48 Tamiya F-84G model painted in Hellenic Air Force colours.  The model represents an aircraft from the acrobat squadron "Hellenic Flame" during the early 60's.  The actual plane is now part of the collection of the Hellenic Air Force Museum of Tatoi, Athens, Greece.  The kit is really of excellent detail and outstanding quality with beautifully represented recessed lines, fully detailed cockpit and avionics compartment, u/c wells etc. 

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The only improvements made on the model concern the seat belts (made from thin aluminium foil) and some wiring in the u/c wells and avionics area.  The model was painted with Humbrol and Testors enamels from the metaliser range.  The weathering was kept in a relatively low level so as not to disrupt the natural metal finish of the aircraft. 

Some pictures of the cockpit and other details of the aircraft.  The overall detail and fit of the model was excellent, so I hardly used any filler. 

 

Take a close look at the seven (!!!) different metallic shades used on the model!  The only differences from the "normal" F-84Gs of the Hellenic Air Force were the yellow thunders on the wingtips and the blue-white-red straps at the back of the fuselage.  Enjoy the photos and...keep on modelling!!!

Thanos 

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Photos and text by Thanos Mentzelopoulos