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LostCosmonauts

Hasegawa 1/72 F-104J - finished but too late to join the gallery

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I know this doesn’t start till next weekend but want to leave this here to remind me

 

Exhibit A - an elderly 2nd hand Hasegawa F-104

 

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Exhibit B - the somewhat basic innards plus a rogue additional set of HobbyBoss decals

 

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Abject failure

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About time I made a start on this. Aiming for if not a silk purse then something at least a bit less sow earish

 

I’m not a fan of the supplied seat or pilot 

 

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Reshaping assisted by some scrap sheet, sprue and foil from the Christmas bottle of port we have

 

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With some side panels, paint, a couple of decals and obscured by a visor that might just about pass

 

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Edited by LostCosmonauts

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Ah! one of the reasons I look forward to the Christmas bottle of Port! excellent scratch building and use of the foil.

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It's nice to see this one underway.  Presumably this is a Hasegawa product that pre-dates their current 1/72 offerings - do you have any idea how old the kit is?

 

Cliff

 

 

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18 hours ago, CliffB said:

It's nice to see this one underway.  Presumably this is a Hasegawa product that pre-dates their current 1/72 offerings - do you have any idea how old the kit is?

 

That boxing looks early to mi-seventies, but I think the tool originates in the early sixties. This may have been one that was also sold by Frog, as they had a relationship back then.

 

Cheers,

Bill

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On 06/01/2018 at 19:53, CliffB said:

It's nice to see this one underway.  Presumably this is a Hasegawa product that pre-dates their current 1/72 offerings - do you have any idea how old the kit is?

 

Cliff

 

 

Afraid not - it has a red “C 3” label on it if that’s any help in identifying the vintage but I can’t find a year on the box, instructions, decals or sprues. It’s very basic with airbrakes and wheel wells just open voids (requiring some boxing in and reworking along the way) 

 

@Navy Bird‘s reckoning is probably about right given the aging of the paper & card

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I had a look over on Scalemates, and the C3 boxing of this kit dates to 1980. Here's a link, you can see the lineage back to the original tool in 1963:

 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/191206-hasegawa-c3-starfighter-lockheed-f-104j

 

Cheers,

Bill

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I’m not sure what the smallest quantum of progress is (at the risk of straying into politics I’ll name the unit the Davis-Barnier)

 

1 Davis-Barnier forward - fuselage tacked together and some wheel wells added where there was just interior void previously

 

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At least we see something resembling  a104 already :):)

 

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Cheers @exdraken - hopefully getting steadily more F-104like now that the stubs where wings would normally go have been added

 

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Now to prime/fill/sand/repeat for a couple of iterations

 

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This is destined for the shelf of doom. It can *#%& all the way off and when it gets there it should keep on going.

 

Having seen good efforts from others I decided to have a go at applying foil and start with some paint

 

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Then a bit more

 

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Canopy framing moulding is way too thick and there is just something looks wrong about the whole thing.

 

I decided to press on with the decals but despite care and liquid decal film they’ve turned into so much mush. Utterly unusable & I really can’t be bothered with buying nice new decals for this dog of a model so... abandoning it

 

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There were several times when I was foiling my take on the 104 that I wondered why the hell I'd started, but it's a useful technique, maybe use the model as a test bed for future reference.

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Cheers @MarkSH - I’ll likely stash it out of sight for a while and then it can become a test piece/paint mule pending a decision to bite the bullet and get new decals or strip it back and start over with a new scheme 

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Be longer forlorn... I have a cunning plan. It won’t be accurate but I think I have enough random spare decals to represent (in the loosest sense) a USAF Q-104 target drone e.g. http://www.916-starfighter.de/916starfighter/pics/camo/55-2957 QF-104A 52957 AFSC Eglin 1964.jpg

 

Due to a weekend away I’ll still miss the deadline but it might save the model from the scrapheap

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That looks like a good solution - keep us posted!

Cliff

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Some progress in painting - touching up still to do but I’m already happier with it in this guise than I was in the Japanese finish I’d originally been intending

 

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Nice early model - looks great in that scheme

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