Warpaint Series 100 - Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash
This softcover publication is 80 pages of useful information about the swept-wing F-84F and RF-84F jets from Republic Aircraft. It’s also Warpaint’s 100th book, so they’ve put a flashy block at the top of the front cover with a large 100 to let you know.
The F-84F and its stable mate the reconnaissance RF-84F were supposed to be Republic’s answer to the fact that the earlier F-84s could not compete evenly with the MiG-15s they met in the skies over Korea. Engine development and reliability issues meant the aircraft wasn’t fielded until after the end of the conflict. Even then, the aircraft was somewhat underpowered and required a very long takeoff roll, ensuring the nickname of ‘Hog.’ This also contributed to the aircraft being utilized more as a fighter/bomber than a pure fighter.
The book covers the development (and associated problems and fixes), service entry, service use, and early retirement of the plane from the active US inventory. It also goes into National Guard and Reserves use, including activation for the second Berlin crisis in 1961. This is followed by coverage of usage by foreign air services, mostly NATO allies. This includes the only combat activities for the fighter/bombers and reconnaissance aircraft by the French (with some in fake Israeli markings) during the Suez crisis in 1956 and use over Algeria during the revolt there from 1954 to 1962.
The book is full of period pictures taken throughout the operational life of the aircraft. Scattered throughout are profile drawings of paint schemes used by the various air forces. Also included are line drawings, a fairly well detailed walk-around photo essay, and a list of kits, decals, and accessories.
All in all, this is a good reference for the Thunderhog, with nearly everything you’d need while building a model neatly in one package. As with the other Warpaint series books, it is highly recommended.
Thanks to Guideline Publications for providing the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.