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1/32 CF-104D "Triple Sick"


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I started this a little while ago but I believe I'm well under the 25% completion rule, with mostly some work done on the cockpit. Anyways, this is the Italeri kit in 1/32 scale. 




I've got the Belcher's Bits decal sheet along with one from Canuck  Decals for the markings. Additional AM includes Eduard PE, resin burner can and wheels and a metal pitot. 


The subject I'm planning to build is 104666 which according to David Bashow's book on the CF-104 was a unloved hanger queen, hence the nickname Triple Sick.  She was also called Triple Pig and The Evil One. The plane was damaged in a crash on March 5, 1975 and never flew again. 




The AM for the build. 




The Canuck Decals sheet. They don't include enough number to do the whole plane so I'm going to use some from Belcher's Bits to fill in. 




Where I am with the build.

The seats are started along with the cockpit. 






Ignore the third cockpit there. 


I've got some other builds on the go but this gives me the right excuse to get back to this one. 



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Hi Carl, that's a nice subject and I always fancy the larger scales. I'm not an aircraft builder but this looks like way under 25% to me so welcome to the GB! 

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On 6/30/2022 at 1:42 AM, JeroenS said:

Hi Carl, that's a nice subject and I always fancy the larger scales. I'm not an aircraft builder but this looks like way under 25% to me so welcome to the GB! 


Thanks! I'm a bit behind as I'm almost done the Tamiya Caterham on my bench and then I'll be able to start this up again. 


On 7/1/2022 at 3:16 AM, zebra said:

Welcome aboard Carl. That's way less than 25% built!




On 7/1/2022 at 8:52 AM, Bertie McBoatface said:

Will you build it as a hangar queen with panels off and bits missing, cables hanging out with plugs wrapped in plastic bags and so forth? Please!


I generally build all closed up but I did think about this pic for a possible display. 




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Well, I got sidetracked after the Caterham and finished off another build. If I hadn't been so far along, it would have been an ideal subject for this GB.






With that off the bench, I can finally start back on the CF-104. 


To that end, I glued the front and rear fuselage halves together. I find there's less alignment issues if I do it this way. 


I taped the halves together to help keep them aligned. 




I also assembled the MLG bay. I have an Aires one but since the doors are effectively closed, I decided I'd stick with the OOB option. 




Lastly, I started on the cockpits, using an Eduard PE set. 




More soon now that I have nothing else on the bench. 



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3 hours ago, arfa1983 said:

Love that B-24. Is it 1/48?


2 hours ago, franky boy said:

As said above the B24 looks fantastic! Which kit and scale?



Thanks folks. It's the Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J kit. It takes up a fair bit of space. This pic gives a better idea of how big it is. 





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Thanks for the comments on the B-24, but back to our subject. It's a small update but I am making progress. Our younger cat Sunny decided to visit and make himself comfy on my bench. 




I do wonder that I don't have more fur in my paint jobs. 


The cockpit tubs have had the consoles added and the IPs installed. I need to add the seatbelts to the seats next. They're just slid in place to dry. 




The seatbelts are Eduard Superfabric (their term) but don't have any instructions on how to apply them. They look like Quinta's resin details so I'm going to test a couple small bits first and see what happens. 

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Here's the belts as supplied by Eduard.




Unlike ones from Quinta, they need assembly and the buckles are PE.




They're fairly fiddly as a result. It took me almost an hour to get the first set of shoulder belts done. 




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I haven't had much bench time as family are visiting but I did manage to get the first seat done. At the same time I started on the second seat while the first set up. 




The rear cockpit is all done now. 




Slow but steady progress. 



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I've made some nice progress over the last day or so.  Both colours are now done and the tubs joined together. 






I painted and glued together the shortened intake trunks. They aft of the MLG bay so you really can't see them anyways. 




They get attached to the MLG bay and then that's installed into the fuselage. 




I also assembled the nose bay but that can go in after the fuselage halves are joined together.




Speaking of which, I put the cockpit in, added the engine and closed things up. 




You'll notice that I left off the gear legs. I figured they'd get snapped off if I left them in place so I swiped a MLG bay from another kit and only used what was required. 


Here's the closed up fuselage. It's starting to look like a Starfighter now. 





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Time for an overdue update. With the fuselage closed up, I added the cockpit coaming to the front and rear 'pits.




I forgot to add the HUD so I popped the front one out and added it on.




I used an Eduard T-Face masking set to mask the canopy off. 






The inside was sprayed in dark gull grey. Italeri includes an interior frame for the opening sections so this was glued into place. 




I then attached the blast shield that goes between the pilot and copilot. There are supports on either side that are then added to it.




I then glued on the fixed front and rear sections. 




At this point I noticed that the remaining bits had a warp in them. So started with the fixed centre section and glued one side on. This was the result on the unglued side. 





 I had to carefully hold this side in place, apply cement (I used Tamiya Extra Thin Quick Dry) and hold until it set. 


The pilot's canopy was also warped and bulged out. 




I used the same approach as above and got that into place. 


Here's the results so far.







Just need to add the co-pilot's canopy and I can start priming. 




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5 hours ago, zebra said:

How's it going @FG2Si? I'd love to see this in the gallery - just over a week to go.


Unfortunately I ran into a bit of a paint issue so I'm not sure I'll finish on time.  I started on the paint job getting the anti glare panel and nose done. 








This was followed by a black base coat.




The polished aluminium was next. 







Then things went wrong. I was painting some of the panels on the vertical tail and got a reaction to the paint I was using with the base coat.  




It left a nice pebbly texture as it ate through the base coat. I thought it best to set it aside for a moment and figure out how to proceed. 


I finally decided to strip the tail and start over. 




This time I used the titanium paint first. When it's dry I'll mask it off and finish the tail. 




 Not sure I can get it done in a week as I'm also building the ZM 109 on a deadline. But I will definitely finish the CF-104.



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