Twobobs Aviation Graphics | F-105D Wrap-Around Thuds in 1/32nd Scale 32-015

Reviewed by Mark Proulx

Twobobs Aviation Graphics has recently released a new 1/32nd scale decal sheet to be used in conjunction with the Trumpeter F-105D. In this review, we will have a closer look at what is offered.

Three F-105D wrap around schemes are included depicting aircraft from the 466th TFS circa 1983 while based at Hill AFB, Utah. The instructions profile each aircraft in top, bottom, left and right views. This is the best possible way to identify decal locations and a Twobobs trademark. Some thumbnail images are included, though not as extensively as I have seen on some of their other decal instructions. Some text identifies the proper colors to be used for the landing gear for each aircraft, as there were differences among them.

Each F-105 has a snake's head logo placed over an outline of the state of Utah on the tail. Each is different. Unfortunately, they are not identified on the decal or instruction sheet and it is difficult to determine which logo goes with the correct aircraft.

Complete painting instructions are given for each aircraft, representative of three different wrap-around schemes. References are made to the FS 595b color chart. These are then cross referenced to Testors, Humbrol, Gunze Sangyo and Xtracolor paint lines. The overall views will be extremely helpful when painting each scheme, leaving nothing to interpretation.

The decals are printed over two pages by Microscale Industries in the U.S.A. Given their reputation as an industry leader in the manufacture of decals I would expect no difficulty in applying them. I have not tried them yet to confirm this assessment. The decals appear to be very thin and only a minimal amount of carrier film is visible. Printing is clear and in perfect register throughout. Some stencils are included and they are easy to read, though difficult to identify on the instruction sheet.

Overall, I recommend this decal sheet for anyone wishing to update his or her Trumpeter F-105 into a more recently seen variant. This, and other interesting military schemes from Twobobs Aviation Graphics, are available on the Twobobs website.

Review sample compliments of Twobobs Aviation Graphics.

© Mark Proulx 2003

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This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016