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Do the wingtip tanks on the F-84G Thunderjet have lights in the front tips? And if so, are the inboard half of those lights blocked from the pilot's vision? The illistration on the box-top of the Tamiya 1/48 F-84G Thnderbirds kit give this indication. Also, did the auxillary drop tanks have lights in the front tip of them also? Agian, the same kit provides that there are such lights for them. Would like some clarification on these matters. TIA.
dave menard (Login hunbuffone) HyperScale Forums 126.96.36.199
F-84G tip tank lights
May 22 2012, 5:44 PM
As I recall, the tips were plexiglas caps held on with one long screw through the center. The "inner" halves were painted black to keep any glare out of the pilot's eyes which could destroy night vision
in hurry. When the same model tanks were mounted on the inboard pylons as auxiliary tanks, the cap was aluminum as there was no reason for a plexiglas one on a tank that might get jettisoned
off during the flight. The G was the only plank winged model of the 84 that could carry a "special" weapon on the left inboard pylon, by the way. Another point, SAC birds did not carry IFR probes
sticking out of the tip tanks as FEAF Gs did, contrary to an otherwise outstanding model seen on someone's site recently.
Thanks Dave! So, for a Thunderbirds F-84G, it would be ok to paint the 'inner' half of the wingtip tank light red to match the rest of the color of the forward part of the tank? Also, if the team flew with the jettisonable drop tanks, were they painted as the wingtip tanks? TIA.
The half of the lights facing the fuselage/pilot were painted either black or silver for anti-glare. Refer to photos of the specific aircraft in mind, if any photos are available. If no photos, either color is realistic, possibly could change depending on the tank installed. I've never seen any photos with the anti-glare the same color as the tank when not black or silver.
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