Scalemates, scale modeling database | stash manager
login | faq | facts | about us | privacy |
scale modeling database | stash manager
Chris Vandegrift (Themongoose)


F-35A Italeri in Thunderbirds Motiff

I just added a few updated pictures. The original canopy ended up fogged from the new glue i tried. Took 6 months to get one from Italy due to the distributor in the US getting bought out. This is nearly all out of the box, a few scratch built parts to add some detail in the cockpit is all I added. I used the decals from the Tamiya F-16 Thunderbird to make up for anything I couldn't do with graphics. I used Maketar paint masks for all the scallops & curves on the bird and 3M fineline tape to connect everything together. I used MCW (Model Car Works) lacquer paints mixed to the correct FS colors for the Thunderbirds. The nozzle and cockpit is done with Vallejo paints and varnish. You can find a detailed work in progress build in Group Builds: Stars and bars.

I decided to do tribute to the outgoing F-16 and I found the perfect art on the USAF site. This poster was created by SSgt Jon DuMond of the USAF Thunderbirds and they had a 3mb file available for free download, perfect. The key for me was the 2 F-16's o

View images (12): | | List


Albums: 1 with 12 images
1:32 F-35A Lightning II (Italeri 2506)


17. December 2017, 01:12
Aris aka Amen
Beautiful painting once again, but i don't think this would ever happen :D Too expensive plane , and not maneuverable to join the aerobatic team. :D
25. September 2018, 19:20
Chris Vandegrift
Yeah, But it would be an awesome Thunderbird! Thinking about it though could it be less maneuverable than the Phantom was? I just happened to talk with a Phantom driver at an open cockpit day last week and he mentioned what a pig it was. lol
26. September 2018, 12:52
Lee Fogel
Stunning paint work!
26. September 2018, 13:30
Aris aka Amen
Haha maybe you are right. On blue angels was even the F7U Cutlass which was so unpowered.
26. September 2018, 21:08
Martin Oostrom
Nice build and dio
Perhaps the team has learned from it's Phantom mistake and won't make it twice ;)
26. December 2018, 08:05
Adam Barber
Wow well done!
I've built(not finished) the 1/72 Italeri A and its a fantastic kit!
If this is anything like that then you've probably really enjoyed your build.
You've done an absolutly amazing job turning her into a Thunderbirds jet!
I get what people are saying about the Phantom's performance, has anyone read up on the Israeli's Super Phantom?
And I know its too expensive now but what about the next big fighter investment, with inflation and changing times that surely has to cost more and make the F-35 look like an financial eco worrier.
30. April 2019, 17:46

All albums

View all albums »


We use cookies to give you a great and free experience on our website. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

You can change your Cookie settings at any time. (Essential cookies are for: preferences, security, performance analytics and contextual advertising)

Privacy policy »     Continue