Detail & Scale Volume 15 F-105 Thunderchief

Published on
May 13, 2023
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey Illustrator: Rock Roszak & Jim Rotramel
Other Publication Information
Softbound, 8.5 in. x 11 in., 258 photos, 102 pages
Product / Stock #
Detail & Scale Volume 15
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc. - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Detail & Scale, Inc. - Website: Visit Site

You may be thinking that “I have the previous version (1982) of this book, so I don’t need this one.” – Well, you’d be unwise with that line of thinking.

This new volume on the F-105 Thunderchief has been totally updated. The text and photo captions have been rewritten and when possible, the photographs have all been printed in color. The plastic modeling section has also been updated to include the latest kit releases.

The book starts with a short introduction and history of the Thunderchief, followed by a detailed study of each of the Thud variants. Each variant is described in detail, and numerous photos illustrating each are shown.

Following the variants is a chapter on Arming the Thunderchief, with descriptions and photos of the munitions carried.

Perhaps the most useful part of the book for the plastic modeler is the next section on Thunderchief Details. Again, these are almost all color photographs, and most were taken during the period the F-105 was in service. Each area of the aircraft has coverage here. From the Cockpit to Tail – both internal and external details are shown visually in photos and described in detail with the captions.

The book concludes with a “Modelers Section” which has been updated to reflect the kits which have been released since the first publication of this title was released forty years ago. Each available model kit of the Thud is listed here with a quick review of each, listing both the positives and shortcomings of that kit.

I should also note that the book in available as both printed book or digital format if you prefer.


Highly Recommended to anyone with an interest in the F-105, Century Series Aircraft, and especially the modeler looking for a very cost-effective source for detailed information on the Thunderchief.

Thank you to Detail & Scale Publishing for the review sample.


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