Republic Aviation F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash Book Review
By David L. Veres
|Date of Review||December 2012||Title||Republic Aviation F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash|
|Author||Samuel Prétat||Publisher||Editions Minimonde 76|
|Format||55 pages, softbound||MSRP (Euro)||19.90€|
If you missed this special-edition gem the first time around, grab it – now.
Miniminde76 just unearthed a limited cache of its colorful Republic Aviation F-84F Thunderstreak & RF-84F Thunderflash. And what a vivid volume it is.
The bilingual French-English volume sports dozens of B&W and color photos, drawings, technical manual excerpts and 19 striking color profiles of Republic's Cold War combatant. And like Miniminde76's superb Canadair Scoopers, this terrific tome encourages sampling and savoring.
Contents cover production, Thunderflash development, service and "worldwide users". Fascinating segues include "parasites" and Operation Musketeer – the 1956 Anglo-French attack on Egypt. That profile of a French F-84F in Israeli markings might give you whiplash!
When I was three, my Dad plopped me in the bang seat of a 112th FG F-84F during a base Open House. What an indelible experience. And I've loved the "World's Fastest Tricycle" ever since.
I loved this book, too. Pondering Kinetic's 1:48 Thunderstreak? Itlaeri's ancient offerings? Miniminde76 bills this cool compendium the "Perfect document for modellers and aviation buffs alike". I couldn't agree more.
With thanks to Minimonde76 Publishing for the review copy!