bianfuxia Posted November 12, 2020 Share Posted November 12, 2020 (edited) I'm going to build my 1/72 Hasegawa F-104J as a JASDF interceptor based at Chitose on Hokkaido. It'll be roughly like this (pic is public domain via wikicommons): I'm going to do an aircraft based on Hokkaido. I really love Hokkaido, having been lucky enough to visit about six times when I lived in Beijing a few years back. Hokkaido is beautiful in winter, summer and autumn - I never got there in spring. It's also way north - the name Hokkaido literally means "north sea prefecture". (Well, the Japanese character in its Chinese root refers to an older form of administrative division, but prefecture is near enough; that's like a state or province in other countries). During the Cold War, the air base at Chitose, near Sapporo, Hokkaido's capital, mostly had to intercept Russian aircraft. Of course, these days, most JASDF interceptions are against Chinese aircraft - in the last decade or so China's air and naval air forces have grown in capacity and confidence. But there are still plenty of Russian intercepts. [If you're interested, these articles (1, 2, and 3) (and many others that google will cough up) spell out how many intercepts the JASDF is doing in current times. For example, in 2016 there were 1,168 scrambles - more than three a day - against 851 Chinese aircraft and the rest mostly Russian. That was the peak year in recent times, but for the fiscal year 2019 (which ended in March this year) there were 675 intercepts against Chinese aircraft, a six per cent increase. I don't know if that's a V shaped or a K shaped curve - haha - but it's interesting anyway. There were 947 total intercepts, down from 999 the previous year. Of the 947, Russians accounted for 268. Of those 947 total intercepts, the Northern air force did 198 of these intercepts flying from the base on Hokkaido.] Today they fly F-15s but it used to be F-104Js... ...which is what I will be building shortly. The Hasegawa F-104 is - as far as I can tell and I am by no means anything more than a lay person on the F-104 or the kits of it - meant to be the best of the 1/72 offerings. I am sure there is plenty that could be improved but I will go with an OOB build except I will try to add the underbelly pylons and a pair of Sidewinders because it's not much use being an interceptor without those. Pics of the kit to follow in a few days. Edited December 7, 2021 by bianfuxia 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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