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CliffB

1/100 Eiko double bill ++Finished ++

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Earlier in the year I drew out a 1/100 Tamiya F-104J, as my entry for my club's annual 'random kit build' competition.  The guy who had donated it into the pot was very apologetic!

Sure enough, despite the Tamiya name, the kit turned out to have some tricky fit issues - particularly around the air intakes.  The kit dates from the 1960's, so maybe that's the reason.

 

Funnily enough though, I really enjoyed the build and have since become a convert to the 1/100 scale cause.  Here's how the Eiko turned out (please ignore my attempt at providing a pilot figure!).

 

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I the 1980's, the kit was re-released under the Ben Hobby name.  There were two boxings (I believe) - one providing decals for German and Dutch aircraft; the other providing decals for two more Eikos.

 

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From time to time these kits come up on EBay and, being generally unloved, can be snapped up for next to nothing.

 

Here are the two schemes provided - I intend to build both.

 

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As I've said, the plastic is from the original Tamiya moulds, although with a little more flash than I remember.

 

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Unfortunately the decals lack the crispness of Tamiya's and have yellowed somewhat.  I hoping that careful trimming or copying/re-printing will sort this out.

 

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I'm looking forward to it :)

 

Cliff

 

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Now this is an unusual kit ! I remember these Tamiya 1/100 kits being sold for very little back in the days, I believe they are all very old mould but they had quite a few interesting subjects.

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On 08/12/2017 at 5:06 PM, modelling minion said:

Nice choice Cliff.

I especially like the fact that both schemes are for ACM aircraft.

Looking forward to these.

 

On 08/12/2017 at 11:14 PM, Giorgio N said:

Now this is an unusual kit ! I remember these Tamiya 1/100 kits being sold for very little back in the days, I believe they are all very old mould but they had quite a few interesting subjects.

Thanks Craig and Giorgio.  I will be making a start soon and am hoping to feature several more of Tamiya's 1/100 scale jets during the 2018 Group Builds.

 

Cliff

 

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Just a little progress to report over the last couple of weeks.

 

Fuselage halves joined (there's no cockpit detail - just a seat, for later), plus I've added the air intakes.

 

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The fit is poor.  I've tried to match up on top as best I can, but then you do suffer particularly badly underneath.  There are no splitter plates provided, so on the last one I built I ended up fairing the intakes back to the fuselage.  It didn't look too bad (in this scale ;)).  It's filler time!

 

Cliff

 

 

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They're beginning to look a bit more like Starfighters now .....

 

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The fit of the wing section into the underside of the fuselage was also very poor - much filling and sanding required.  The first shot of primer shows that I'm 95% there :winkgrin:.

 

In 2004, Tamiya re-released many of the 1/100 scale jets - but the F-104 was not included.  I'm wondering whether its fit problems were too much of an embarrassment?  Two other kits omitted from the re-release were the Buccaneer and the Skyhawk, both of which are on my 'to do' list for 2018.  It will be interesting to see how well they go together.

 

Cheers

 

Cliff

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These kits really show their age, wonder if the poor fit was there from the beginning or was the result of the moulds having been used for many years.

You managed to sort the problem well, don't want to know how much filler you needed here :D

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I've been nibbling away and here's how things currently stand..

 

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Once I've got the canopies on and masked, the two builds will diverge as there's virtually no commonality between the two paint schemes.

 

You'll note the two missiles. Whilst the kits provide two per plane, the photos in Giorgio's excellent link (page 1 of Modelling Minion's build), all appear to show aircraft carrying only one (or no) missile.  The colours seem to vary, green or red, with green missiles being carried on the starboard pylon and the red missile on the port.  That's my interpretation, but I could be completely wrong!   Either way, I'll be giving my two Js just one missile each.

 

I'm looking forward now to getting some colour on...

 

Cheers

 

Cliff

 

 

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Canopies and red stripes now masked - not a lot of work, but fiddly :)

 

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Cliff

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Looking great!

 

Fiddley.... 2 times!

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Thank you exdraken :)

 

So now the Alclad is on...

 

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and I guess I'd be banned from the Group Build if I didn't include a photograph that looked something like this..... 

 

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Time now to put away the smelly stuff and get out some colourful acrylics :yahoo:

See you later.

 

Cliff

 

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On 21/01/2018 at 5:37 PM, modelling minion said:

Excellent job on the metallic finishes Cliff, they look really good.

Looking forward to seeing you get some paint on these.

Thanks Craig - your wish is my command...

 

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There's a little bit of touching up required between the two blues, but nothing to worry about. 

As I mentioned before, the blues are disappointingly subdued (being the kit's recommended Tamiya colours), but are an excellent match for washed out, faded period photos!

I'm sure the decals will brighten things up though B)

 

 

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Thanks again Craig :)

 

Today I've been brush painting in some details.

 

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If you look very closely on the black aircraft, you may be able to see that I've painted the air intakes a darker shade.  I think it was worth the effort (maybe ;)).

Next up will be glossing and decals.

 

Barring disasters, it looks as though the deadline should be achieveable.....

 

Cheers

 

Cliff

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Excellent work Cliff, and yes I think that picking out the air intakes in a darker black was well worth the effort.

Look forward to seeing the decals on.

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A good day today and they're finished!

 

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I'll put some better photos in the Gallery later this evening, but in the meantime I just couldn't resist a threesome ;)

 

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Thanks to all of you who have supported these builds and, of course, to the hosts :goodjob:

 

Cheers

 

Cliff

 

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A really nice set of colour schemes, all fished extremely well.

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