F105 Thunderchief "THUD" promo model
The U.S. Air Force F-105 Thunderchief became operational in 1959, replacing the Republic F-84F, and was the primary strike fighter jet by 1961. The best-known service version, the F-105D, known as the "Thud", was used extensively in Vietnam as a bomber, carrying 50% more bomb load than the WWII B-17.
This all-metal 1:50 model depicts the F105B and was contracted through Air-Parts International, a Dutch supplier firm, and carries a label which specifies that it was "Modeled by M.M. Verkuyl (Matthys M. Verkuyl, Badhoevedarp) Holland The Hague". Only a modest number of these models were produced for Republic Aviation before it was taken over by Fairchild-Hiller in 1965 and should not be confused with the plastic canopy model by Topping. The tail serial number markings represent a 1954 contract, hence the "4" and the first batch had serial numbers from 100 to 112, hence the "0105", putting this model chronologically around 1958 or so. These were presented to F105 pilot's and to high ranking USAF officer's on special occasions.