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Republic F-105D-25RE Thunderchief

The USAF, with Project LOOK ALIKE (mid-1962) brings all early production F-105Ds to F-105D-25RE standard. Wiring, fuel and hydraulic lines were replaced. New equippement, to fire the Martin AGM-12 Bullpup Air-To-Surface Missile (ASM) from the wing pylons, was installed. Modified aircrafts were painted overall Aluminum Lacquer FS17178 to solve the early Natural Metal finish problem, that allows corrosion and dirty to damage and fill equipment bays. The Southeast Asia (SEA) 1-1-4 camouflage scheme replaced the Aluminum finish on all aircrafts from mid-1965.

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AIRCRAFTS
All skins by Easykill - 3D Model: Third Wire Productions - F-105D-25RE modded data files: Easykill
 

Republic F-105D-25RE Thunderchief PACK with 2 High Resolution skins

Version 2.1

 

Modded Third Wire Stock F-105D model. This -25RE version features a modded data file to resemble an early Thunderchief without RHAW antennas on the nose and on the vertical tail, without air scoops on the rear fuselage and antennas on the lower fuselage. This model still has the pre-amp small box on each side of the fin cap and the slightly enlarged dorsal spine on the fuselage of the -31RE version. These features can't be removed!.

  • High resolution 2048x2048 skin with Aluminum lacquer finish overall Aluminum FS17178 and Olive Drab FS34087 anti-glare panels (according to www.simmerspaintshop.com Federal Standard RGB values).
  • New panel lines
  • Opening canopy from external view
  • New landing gear bay and wheels
  • Instruments panel
  • High resolution decals and FH-serial numbers on the nose
  • High resolution pilot seat
  • New revised center line weapon station load limit and loadout data*
  • New navigation lights and radar lights in cockpit (at night the radar green light illuminates the pilot body)
  • Skins: Easykill
  • 3D Model: Third Wire Productions
  • F-105D-25RE modded data files: Easykill

UPDATED to version 2.1 : March 1, 2007

  • Better decals
  • Better weathering
  • Tuned skin colors

 

  • Released Version 2.1: March 1, 2007
  • Released Version 2.0: January 22, 2007

*You need the last Weapons Pack installed.

334th TFS 'Eagles' - 4th TFW, 6235th TFW and 355th TFW
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand late 1965
White dots superimposed on a blue tail band were the 334th TFS markings. The Squadron 's primary role was to support the Rolling Thunder Campaign with secondary missions over laos (Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger).
 
335th TFS 'Chiefs' - 4th TFW, 6235th TFW and 355th TFW
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand late 1965
A green tail band with a white "V" and a Chief's head (the white dot) were used by 335th TFS during the combat deployment as Squadron markings. Like the 334th TFS above the 335th's primary role was to support the Rolling Thunder campaign with secondary missions over laos (Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger).
 
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SKINS
All skins by Easykill - 3D Model: Third Wire Productions - F-105D-25RE modded data files: Easykill
 

12th TFS 'Foxy Few' - 18th TFW

Version 2.1
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam/Korat RTAFB, Thailand early 1965

In early 1965 the 12th TFS was tasked to fly the first Barrel Roll, ResCap and Yankee Team missions over Laos. 12th TFS F-105s were deployed to Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, under Detachment 2 to provide support strikes over Laos. During the Rolling Thunder campaign 12th TFS aircrafts flew several missions toghether with the 67th TFS Thuds.

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12th TFS 'Foxy Few' - 18th TFW and 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

In mid 1965 all 18th TFW Thuds squadrons (12th, 44th and 67th) adopted a black-yellow-black tail band. The yellow name block on the lower frame on each side of the canopy was the indicator of the 12th TFS.

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35th TFS 'Black Panthers' - 41st AD (Air Division)

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand late 1964

Under 41st Air Division command, the primary responsability was to fly Rescap missions over Laos. The 35th Squadron doesn't fly any strike mission during its time at Korat in 1964.

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35th TFS 'Black Panthers' - 6441st TFW

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

By this time the 35th TFS flash on the forward fuselage and tail code markings were no longer being used.

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35th TFS 'Black Panthers' - 6441st TFW and 6235th TFW

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand late 1965

In mid 1965 all 6441st TFW Thuds squadrons (35th, 36th and 80th) adopted a blue-yellow-red tail band.

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36th TFS 'Flying Fiends' - 41st AD (Air Division)

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Korat late 1964

After the Gulf of Tonkin incident the 36th TFS sent the first F-105s to combat in Southeast Asia. The squadron's primary responsability was to fly Rescap missions over Laos.

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36th TFS 'Flying Fiends' - 6441st TFW

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand early 1965

By this time the 36th TFS flash on the forward fuselage and tail code markings were no longer being used.

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36th TFS 'Flying Fiends' - 6441st TFW and 6235th TFW

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

In mid 1965 all 6441st TFW Thuds squadrons (35th, 36th and 80th) adopted a blue-yellow-red tail band.

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44th TFS 'Vampire Bats' - 18th TFW

Version 2.1
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam/Korat RTAFB, Thailand early 1965

In early 1965 the 44th TFS was tasked to fly the first Barrel Roll, ResCap and Yankee Team missions over Laos. Only six F-105s were deployed to Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, under Detachment 2 to provide support strikes over Laos.

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44th TFS 'Vampire Bats' - 18th TFW and 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

In mid 1965 all 18th TFW Thuds squadrons (12th, 44th and 67th) adopted a black-yellow-black tail band. The blue name block on the lower frame on each side of the canopy was the indicator of the 44th TFS. Many of the 44th aircrafts retained the blue nose band.

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67th TFS 'Fighting Cocks' - 18th TFW

Version 2.1
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam/Korat RTAFB, Thailand early 1965

In early 1965 the 67th TFS was tasked to fly the first Barrel Roll, ResCap and Yankee Team missions over Laos. Only seven F-105s were deployed to Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, under Detachment 2 to provide support strikes over Laos. During the Rolling Thunder campaign 67th TFS aircrafts flew several missions toghether with the 12th TFS Thuds.

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67th TFS 'Fighting Cocks' - 18th TFW and 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand late 1965

In mid 1965 all 18th TFW Thuds squadrons (12th, 44th and 67th) adopted a black-yellow-black tail band. The red name block on the lower frame on each side of the canopy was the indicator of the 67th TFS. The 67th TFS planned and coordinated the first strike on the Thanh Hoa Bridge on April, 3 1965.

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80th TFS 'Headhunters' - 41st AD (Air Division)

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand late 1964

The 80th TFS was tasked to fly the first Barrel Roll, ResCap and Yankee Team missions over Laos.

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80th TFS 'Headhunters' - 6441st TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand early 1965

By this time the 80th TFS flash on the forward fuselage and tail code markings were no longer being used.

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80th TFS 'Headhunters' - 6441st TFW and 6235th TFW

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

In mid 1965 all 6441st TFW Thuds squadrons (35th, 36th and 80th) adopted a blue-yellow-red tail band.

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354th TFS 'Bulldogs' - 355th TFW and 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

The blue and white striped tail band was used by the 354th TFS aircrafts during his deployment to Korat RTAFB. This squadron shared the same squadron color, a blue-white-blue tail band with 562nd TFS Thuds.

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357th TFS 'Licking Dragons' - 355th TFW and 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

The 357th TFS aircrafts didn't have any squadron markings during early deployments to Southeast Asia.

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421st TFS 'Cavaliers' - 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand late 1965

Some of the 421th TFS aircrafts, assigned to the provisional 6234th TFW retained the multi-colored tail band from the previous assignment with the 355th TFW at McConnel AFB, Kansas.

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469th TFS 'Fighting Bulls' - 355th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand early 1965

The dark green and white checkered tail band was adopted by the 469th TFS during his rotations to Korat RTAFB.

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469th TFS 'Fighting Bulls' - 6234th TFW

Version 2.1
Korat RTAFB, Thailand late 1965

Some of the 469th TFS aircrafts, assigned to the provisional 6234th TFW, retained the multi-colored tail band from the previous assignment with the 355th TFW at McConnel AFB, Kansas (adopted after the return to McConnel AFB from the first deployment to Korat RTAFB in early '65 - skin above).

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561st TFS - 23rd TFW

Version 2.1
Yokota AB, Japan/Takhli RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

561st Thuds rotated to Takhli RTAFB from Yokota AB for combat duty on April 6, 1965. Only few planes of the squadron went to Takhli, providing logistical support for Thud units deployed to the base. During this deployment nearly all 561st pilots flew combat missions over Southeast Asia. During this time the 561st TFS didn't have any Wild Weasel role.

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562nd TFS - 23rd TFW and 6235th TFW

Version 2.1
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand in late 1965

This paint scheme was used even by the 354th TFS when this squadron took over the aircraft of the departing 562nd TFS, since the two units shared the same squadron color, a blue-white-blue tail band.

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563rd TFS 'Ace Of Spades' - 23rd TFW and 6235th TFW

Version 2.1
Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam/Takhli RTAFB, Thailand mid 1965

Probably this paint scheme was the most colorful used by F-105Ds deployed to Southeast Asia. In mid 1965 the 563rd TFS was the most experienced squadron in USAF service, with 1508 sorties during the deployment. 563rd deployed six Thuds to Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, bombing Viet Cong targets.

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COLOR CHART
 
Project LOOK ALIKE (mid-1964) Aluminum lacquer finish used on early F-105D Thunderchief
Federal Standard Color Name Color
R
G
B
Use
FS17178 Aluminum
155
157
159
Overall - Landing gear
FS34087 Olive Drab
85
79
68
Upper fuselage Anti-Glare panels - Front of the underwings fuel tanks - M117 and other bomb types
FS36375 Grey
166
173
180
Vertical tail tip
FS33538 Orange Yellow
255
183
0
Nose cone ring - M117 and other bombs yellow ring
FS11136 Red
174
40
37
Danger and Warning decals
  Black
0
0
0
Nose cone and black parts
  White
255
255
255
White parts
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RESOURCES
 

BOOKS

The Republic F-105 Thunderchief - Wing and Squadron Histories
James Geer - Schiffer Military History Book

Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Kev Darling - Warpaint series No. 38

F-105 Thunderchief in Action
Ken Neubeck - Squadron/Signal Publications, Aircraft Number 185

Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Larry Davis and David Menard - WarbirdTech Series, Volume 18

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WEB SITES (only few of the best websites about the F-105 .....)

 

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