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For some weird reason there a certain aircraft I prefer the look of the two seat variants over the single seat. The A-7, A-10, A-4, F-18 just look fantastic, as does the F-104! I've build a few Starfighters in the past but this is the first time I've hade the chance to do the trainer. Combine that with the gorgeous Marineflieger colour scheme and I can't wait to get this one built.

The Starfighter equipped Marineflieger 2 1963 - 1987, Eight TF-104Gs were operated by them during this period.

Originally released a decade ago this kit looks fantastic! Good cockpit detail, finely engraved, beautifully detailed parts and a great decals sheet... What more could I ask for :)

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I managed to get quite a bit done to start this one off today. I've assembled the rear fuselage along with the fin assembly and tanks, weighted the nose sections and started painting the cockpit. As the Germans retrofitted Martin Baker seats to their 104s, which Revell have supplied, I've made and fitted pull down ejector handles as well.

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You made double loop handles in 1/144.

And I thought I was mad...

Who needs PE anyway... ;)

Small update today. Wings are on, intakes are on and the fuselage has been rescribed where it was filled and sanded.

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Sorry Speedman, but it takes me longer to latch onto a thread than it takes you to build a model.

Just wanted to say what a brilliant job you've done on that cockpit :)

Cliff

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Sorry Speedman, but it takes me longer to latch onto a thread than it takes you to build a model.

Just wanted to say what a brilliant job you've done on that cockpit :)

Cliff

I'm surprised it's not finished yet myself.

Cheers guys! :rofl:

To be honest I've not been spending a lot of time on the trainers as I've been concentrating on scratch building one of these...

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For this man...

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It's mind bending going from 1/144 to 1/4! :blink2:

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Tip tanks, tailplane, nose gear doors and main gears doors are on. The blu-tac is there to stop the ejection handles getting bent when it's upside down .

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The canopy was easier to mask than I thought it would be, mostly because Revell have defined the frames very well. I should get some primer on it tomorrow.

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Thanks :) I really like building small scale stuff, some of the recent kits are fantastically detailed but it does make it a bit hard to handle when your thumb is half the size of the model! :lol:

I've sprayed the primer and the lower fuselage/wing colour, some masking and the upper paint to come. At least this one is easy to mask... Straight lines :)

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As everyong else has said this is looking good, especially the detail in such a small scale. That was also a lot of lead to stop it being a tail sitter.

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That was also a lot of lead to stop it being a tail sitter.

I do tend to go overboard :D Because there is so little space to work with on small scale stuff you can't get a lot of weight in the nose, if there's any space forward of the main wheels I'll fill it as much as I can.

I sprayed the nose and intake lips today. After that came a few coats of Clear and an oil wash, decals soon :)

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Thanks, I must admit sometimes I end up giving myself a headache from the concentration and eyestrain but I love these small scales :)

Well, that was a lot of decals. It's not often a decal sheet is bigger than the model they're for! :lol: As usual Revell have provided a fantastic sheet that went on perfectly, including the orange wrap around decal on the tip tanks. After painting the bays I painted and fitted the undercarriage, as well as painting the exhaust nozzle. Still need to fit the pitot tube and weather the undercarriage but I'm not far from finishing now.

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Just keeps getting pretier and prettier.

Could not agree more.

I like that fact that Revell give you a decal for the orange on the wing tanks as it is usually a horrible colour to paint.

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