Italeri 1/72nd F-84F KIT #107

Retail Price: $12.97

The Italeri kit is of the same family roots as the Testors RF-84F kit #876. Both have the fuselage halves molded in two pieces; the nose sections are interchangeable, as are the wings, etc. Considering the substantial difference in the two aircraft, I don't see that much advantage was gained by trying to make common parts, especially since the fuselage join requires considerable care to "hide" the joint. I recently bought this kit retail.


The kit consists of 48 light gray parts, five clear parts, and one decal sheet. The parts are good quality, with very little flash, a few sink holes, and reasonably small attachment runners. The raised panel lines could be smaller, but are not grossly oversized. The Italeri and Testors kits are very similar in concept, details, and quality to the Airfix/MPC kits, my general impression being that this series is slightly better than those, except for cockpit detail, which is next to nothing in these Italeri/Testors kits. Specifically, there is no tub and no consoles, the instrument panel -- if it can be called an instrument panel -- is pathetic, and the pilot's seat mounts to a ledge behind the cockpit. But, I know this plane will fly as furnished; the pilot figure has legs. Ooops, I guess it won't fly after all -- there are no rudder pedals. Dry fit of parts indicates reasonable fit, with occasional gaposis; there is no tailpipe, just a see through, and the nose splitter leaves a small gap at the top join to the nose halves. As mentioned above, the two-piece fuselage halves require careful fitting in order to align without showing the joint. This is complicated, because the two halves then have to align in front an behind the joint. These parts resisted correct alignment during my dry fit, but it appears they would align with some careful persuasion. The canopy and windscreen are separate parts, so the canopy may be posed open. The too-thick quarter windows -- but better than those with the Airfix/MPC kit -- are separate pieces to fit into frames molded into the fuselage halves. Detail in the speed brake wells is good for the scale, but there is no detailing in gear wells. Nose gear detail is quite good, but the shrink strut is missing. Alternate parts are furnished for main gear struts and fairings if built with gear down, or fairings if built for in-flight. At first, the decals look quite good as they are clean and well printed. However, the Insignia Blue is too light, and the registeration is off. The decals with this kit are for Luftwaffe DB-348 in camouflage scheme, and for USAF FS-834, serial number 52-6834, natural metal.

I am critical of the packaging. The parts are not bagged, and there were parts that had detached from the tree during shipping and handling. The box is the flaps-on-the-end style but with no tray (such as Testors usually supplies with this style box) and one of the wing halves was in the process of departing from under an end flap when I removed the shrink wrap.

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Box Art, Italeri kit #107.

Decals, Italeri kit #107.

Fuselage, Italeri kit #107.
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Box art, Italeri F-84F kit in Germany.

Illustration from Italeri Catalog #79 for F-84F kit.
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The Arifix/MPC kit of the subject is the other alternative. I can't say I favor one over the other, as they both have strong and weak points which make a comparison come out as a wash.

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