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  1. Grew up on a Canadian AirForce Base. As a kid, watching and hearing jets flying overhead every waking day, was like growing up in the movie, 'The Right Stuff', a fantastical experience for others, that seemed just normal to me, except on those days at the airbase watching a supersonic jet fly overhead, as you turn and watch it flash past overhead without any sound, and the sonic boom hitting you from behind, scaring the crap out of you. Back then the pilots were allowed to break the sound barrier at the yearly air shows, but not today because of the damage to people's ears and nearby buildings i guess. As a kid, i was completely enthralled with model building, that mostly was being done by my older brother, who had money to buy them, allowing me to help build them. There is something therapeutic, like a meditative state of mind, that comes with model building. Today, i bought my first model, where i felt absolutely giddy at the thought and final purchase of it.... of none other than a massive 1:32 scale model of the Italeri F-104 G/S Starfighter.... that i have decided to skin with real aluminim foil, yes, a most daunting task that will test one's patience to the fullest, but in real life, this plane is spectacular with the shiny aluminum skin, that i think i first saw in a Star Trek episode long ago, and again recently in the new Xbox One simulator release called ACE Combat 7. I will post the youtube intro video of it here, of this young girl in the video who literally rebuilids this magical aircraft from the scrap yard... and then takes it for a test run... where of course you also get to experience the flight as a pilot in the game. So of course, while researching this magical beast of an airplane, i came across the model builds of it here on this forum.... and is why i am here building the thing in my return to my childhood adventurous spirit, leaving me wonder, why did not not do this until now, at age 55? arghhhh, love it so much!!!!!!!! Enjoy the flight! I will start a new post later with the building of the F-104
  2. Italeri is working on a brand new - 100% new moulds - 1/32nd Lockheed F-104G/S Starfighter kit! Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt6/italeri/ V.P.
  3. Another braille scale Starfighter announced! AFV Club is to release a new tool 1/32nd Lockheed F-104G(S?) Starfighter kit - ref.AR32104. Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.619334004778789.1073741859.236926266352900&type=1 V.P.
  4. I have been working on this project for a couple of weeks now. The progress is slow as I want to super detail this model using CMK detail sets. I will be using superb DACO decals for Belgian Air Force. The aircraft I have in mind is one in the retirement scheme with yellow wing tanks in Tiger Meet scheme. I m using Lock On 1 Lockheed F-104G-J Starfighter book as a reference. This book has very good detailed pictures of almost areas covered by CMK sets. First steps to accommodate extensive CMK detail sets is to butcher the fuselage port and starboard halves. Making those cuts is time consuming. While test fitting, I noticed CMK gun bay is a bit short. Some detail work on engine
  5. PM Model from Turkey has just released a 1/72nd Lockheed F-104G Starfighter kit - ref. PM504 It is reported to be a reboxing of the Revell kit with THK decals. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439843012919029/permalink/2022504277986230/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/172688216588006/permalink/290633741460119/ V.P.
  6. I Made this 1/32 italian Air Force F-104s maintenance diorama starting from the Italeri model, I added a lot of detail using commercial add-ons but also a lot of scratchbuilt ones, expecially inside the plane. All was made using real pictures and books as reference. You will find the RAT, and the fuel pipes on the back of the plane and many other all around the plane you can find in the detail pic. I've made new carts and ladders and other details around the diorama. The scenery was made using photo-paint and printer.
  7. Time to narrow down my options for at least one build for this GB. The plan at the minute is to do one European and one Asian F-104 (although this may change!) and for the Asian one I have decided to go with an aircraft from the JASDF who were a major user of the type and had them on strength until 1986. The next problem is which JASDF one to do, a single seat J or a twin seat DJ. Both kits are unstarted as you can see below. And both come with very comprehensive and impressive decal sheets. Should be able to build every F-104 to serve with the JASDF from them! The only issue with the sheets is the usual Hasegawa inability to actually make the white on the decals white as it is a creamy colour, might try the "stick them to the window and hope that it lightens them" trick. but if they weren't enough options I have an aftermarket set from Two Bobs (who can make white white). Can't beat an aggressor scheme! Here's a closer look at the options. Very drawn to the one at the bottom, although I am also contemplating another one from the "Panda Bears" in grey and white which looks very smart and had rocket pods under the wings and it doesn't seem fair to only build F-104J's from the one squadron. And then there's the option of a DJ in the camo colours usually worn by Mitsubishi F-1's, oh dear decisions, decisions! At least I have until Saturday to make my mind up! Craig.
  8. So timing is everything. Just debating what to start next and I saw this group build pop up. I have a Hasegawa F-104G/S in the stash. Plus I have a few days off and and so can sort out using Flickr. And the tin of Xtracolour X255 RAL7001 that has been on back order has finally arrived, so I plan to build this one - http://www.i-f-s.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/D-8107_306sq_LWD_01feb82_HPrinsX.jpg Using these decals from Modeldecal set 43: Also have an Airframe Orpheus pod in the stash: Have a couple of references as well: This will be my first group build and so will be keeping it simple. Looking forward to starting this at the weekend.
  9. Hi all, Here are some (quite a few actually!) pictures of my latest build, it's Hasegawa's well know 1/48 F-104 Starfighter finished in the markings of 202 Hikotai when playing the role of an aggressor for one of their annual Air Combat Meets. These ACM's have produced some very nice and unusual colour schemes and it was difficult to decide which one to build, suffice to say that there will be a few more in the future. Anyway here are the pictures. Here is a link to the WIP and whilst you are there have a look at the other great builds going on in the GB. Thanks for looking in and all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  10. Ex Luftwaffe F-104G. Pictures by Sven Harjaek taken at La Bourget museum Paris.
  11. I caved in... This is the Hasegawa Starfighter I will try to build (and actually finish) for this GB: I haven't decided on the scheme yet but I am leaning towards a grey ASA or ASA-M. Jens
  12. 1. Mildenhall, UK - date unknown 2. Villafranca, Italy - April 1986 3. Mildenhall, UK - date unknown Martin
  13. Model Art from Japan has just released a 1/48th Lockheed NF-104A Starfighter conversion set. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/modelartinc/posts/1496633993744813 https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B0711ZC7FG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_880jzb61M8EQQ V.P.
  14. Hi all, Seeking a view. Given that the Hasegawa kit is expensive and rare, how is the Heller? I know it has raised lines of dubious placement but does it build to a reasonable model with a bit of care? I really need a TF and this is the only way I can see oher than shelling out for a pricing Hasegawa plus shipping and customers charges! As always, I'd appreciate your views. Thanks. Martin
  15. Model Art : http://www.modelart-shop.jp/ & https://www.facebook.com/modelartjapan/ Source: https://www.facebook.com/modelartjapan/photos/a.278517849179941.1073741828.266008607097532/310769515954774/?type=3&theater V.P.
  16. Canadair licence built CF-104. Pics thanks to Bob (moaning dolphin). Aircraft is at Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, Halifax International Airport, Halifax, Nova Scoti.
  17. Ex USAF & Royal Jordanian Air Force F-104A 56-779. At the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Texas. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath. It is noticeable that the tail number is 56-780, It appears that 56-779 received the tail section of 56-780 sometime while in USAF service. The visible sign of identifying an aircraft is by the serial number on the tail so after this happened, aircraft #779 effectively became #780. (see http://www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com/index.php/component/content/article/77)
  18. Time to throw my hat into the ring and actually make a decision as to what to build! I am going to build a Hasegawa F-104G as a CF-104 of the 1st Canadian Air Group which was based at Baden Sollingen in Germany. The aircraft I will be building is 104806 as it was painted during the NATO Tactical Air Meet at Ramstein from 20th June until 3rd July 1980, during this exercise the aircraft had a large letter C painted on the tail, and even more interesting colour wise the aircraft had a replacement starboard wing which was painted in a different camo scheme from the rest of the airframe (overall green as opposed to the dark green/grey over medium grey of the rest of the airframe). I will be using decals from Leading Edge 48-20 which has the markings I need for this aircraft and has resin parts for the RWR's carried by the Canadian CF-104's during this time. I shall post some pics of the kit and any goodies I decide to use soon. I won't be starting this kit for at least a couple of weeks until I can clear other builds off my bench so I thank you in advance for your patience and interest. Craig.
  19. Here's a very long shot. It was either 84 or 85 I was walking home from school and this F-104 flew over at a great rate of knots very low going over Salisbury Plain. I vividly remember that noise of the J79, it had 4 fuel tanks fitted but could not make out any markings as it was a brief glance and it had gone. Now this was a rare sighting so I'm assuming it was part of a nato exercise in the uk, would anybody have an idea of the 104 that I may have seen. Steve
  20. Hi, I found these two recently posted videos of some help in researching F-104As in Taiwanese service, so maybe it's worth posting these here. There's not much out there on Taiwanese equipment so these videos were a revelation to me. It's from 1981 and images include pre flight checks on an F-104G and F-104As taxiing away. In Mandarin by the way. Part 1 Part 2 (F-104A at 7.42) Jay
  21. Rocket Launchers and Dual Ejectors Videoaviation 1:32 Along with the bomb sets reviewed HERE, we have received three more sets from Videoaviation, to sets contain rocket launchers, the LAU-3 and the LAU-31, whilst the third contains dual ejector racks for the F-104. As with the other sets, these are moulded in creamy beige resin, with no sign of imperfections or pin holes/bubbles and protected in the sturdy plastic box and bubble wrap. Dual Ejector Racks (153132) This set contains two dual ejector racks, as used by the F-104 Starfighter. The two racks are very easy to use, just fit the two separate crutch plates, or sway braces as they are called in the instructions, to the top side of each rack, fit you chosen store to each of the ejector racks, then attach to your Starfighter. Nothing could be simpler. LAU-3 Rocket Launcher (153432) This set contains two launcher pods with separate front and rear ends which depict the launcher as loaded. You will need a sharp scalpel blade to remove the moulding block from each launcher, and the end pieces from their moulding sheet, followed by a quick bit of sanding to clean the parts up. The ends are then glued into position and fitted to whichever model you choose. The small decal sheet only carries three different stencils per launcher, and a pair of remove before flight flags. The instruction sheet does give Gunze paint codes and the dimensions of the alluminium strip at each end. LAU-32 Rocket Launcher (153532) This launcher is slightly longer than the LAU-3 and comes with the nose cap moulded in place, so it’s just a matter of removeing the moulding block from the launcher body and the tail piece, giving both a quick bit of fettling, before gluing the end to the body. These launchers were simply painted, with the body white and the ends in black, decals are provided for the stencils as with the LAU-3 set, as well as a pair of remove before flight flags. Conclusion Videoaviation have given us three more very useful sets for the large scale modeller. Suitable for any 1:32 F-104, they are probably better suited for the newish Italeri kit, the dual ejector racks will certainly give the finished model a different look. The rocket launchers can be fitted to a multitude of US aircraft, just check you references to check where they were mounted on which aircraft, although you may need to buy more than one set to fit out a pair of TER’s. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Here are some shots from my 2013 visit to the LA Science Museum. A few more here if you're interested: http://www.hanger51.org/aircraft-museums/us-museums-collections/la-science-museum-2013/ A-12 Blackbird by tony_inkster, on Flickr Douglas DC-8 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Lockheeds finest by tony_inkster, on Flickr Northrop F-20 Tigershark by tony_inkster, on Flickr F-104 Starfighter by tony_inkster, on Flickr Shuttle Endeavour by tony_inkster, on Flickr Shuttle Endeavour by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  23. Eduard are bringing us a couple of interesting 1/48 in April. The first is another boxing of Hasegawa's F-104 Starfighter, it's similar to the previous editions except that it has 10 marking options for German and NATO F-104's. The bigger news is the all new re-tooled Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 Profipack. We all know Eduard over-scaled their otherwise nice original kit, so hopefully, this one will correct the issues and be as excellent as the Spitfires, MiG-21's and Hellcats! Both kits have well over 10% off RRP based on the pricing info we've seen, it may be that we can do them a little cheaper! If anyone is interested, please visit the Eduard 1/48 'kits for backorder' section and leave your email address in the box and you'll be notified when they are in stock! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/09eduard-148--kits-for-backorder-313-c.asp thanks Mike
  24. Hello guys and gals, Still waiting on the post for a couple of items but have started opening up and refining the rivets and panel lines. The scheme will be in one of the last ever Italian Starfighter units in low vis grey. I love the idea of this old bird sporting a modern washed out camo scheme. Planned mods will be: 1. Eduard Late Exhaust. 2. Eduard Late Wheels. 3. CMK F-104S Cockpit Not many pics yet, but here is one to hold over till more stuff arrives! image by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr} Thanks Ryan
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