F-105 Close Up
By Frank Mitchell and Mark
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Once upon a time (1975), I was living in Washington, D.C. and got an urge to
scratch-build a 32nd F-105D.
One of the members of IPMS-DC at the time was Mark Young, who, as some of you
may know, is a great modeler and who also ran the Nationals in Dayton, Ohio.
Since the DC Air National Guard flew the F-105 at the time, and since he was in
the Air Force stationed at Andrews AFB, he offered to “take a few pictures” for
me to use in detailing.
What he produced was far from “a few pictures”. In today’s terms, it could be
called the ultimate modeler’s walkaround of the 105.
When I heard that Trumpeter was going to release a 1/32 kit of the 105, I
decided to dig out the going-on-30-year-old pictures. While they have changed a
bit, most of the original prints still show pretty accurate colors.
Unfortunately however, the negatives have shifted to the point that they won’t
print with any fidelity. I therefore scanned the prints to a CD, and that got me
thinking about giving them to the world.
I hope that Mark will not mind that I have decided to share them with those of
you who might be interested.
For a little background, in order to get the superb shots of the cockpit, Mark
went to the simulator where he could control the exposure and angles. Likewise,
he went into the seat shop to get the shots of the seat from all angles, and
wherever else he needed to go to get these incredible shots.
One Note of Caution: Once these are posted by Brett, there will be no
excuses. All that stuff better be there, or there will be prints of these shots
politely placed under the modeler’s nose by anyone with access to a computer.
As a post-script, I did build the model and took it to the Nationals in Dallas
in 1976. After several advance discussions, Continental Airlines was most
cooperative in helping me get it there by throwing it into the general baggage
so that all the landing gear and under-wing stuff was happily bouncing around
the box when it arrived in Dallas. It did, however, win the scratch class, so
the judges took pity on me.
The model has been on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum since about
1978. If you can get low enough to see, you will note that there are still large
globs of epoxy holding the gear in place. Great for the detail. I could not
resist throwing in a couple of pictures of the model (even tough one somehow got
reversed); there are a few more on Al Superczynski’s website (http://modeleral.freeyellow.com/Al's%20Place/fr105.html)
along with a bit of a description of how it was built. Things have changed a lot
In anticipation of questions, yes, I view the release of the Trumpeter kit with
mixed emotions, but will probably end up buying one.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Click the thumbnails below to view
Images Copyright © 2002 by
Frank Mitchell and Mark Young
Page Created 20 May, 2002
19 April, 2004
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