Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
a series of 1/72 kits 


1/72 scale kits of the F-104 Starfighter: ESCI / ITALERI / REVELL 
kit review / modelling report

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ESCI / ITALERI / (old REVELL)
The ESCI kit for a F-104G and presumably a F-104S.... It is an Italeri mould from 1980 and has appeared under various brands: ERTL AMT, ESCI, REVELL , MONOGRAM. (be aware that Revell later issued other and better F-104 kits....). 

ESCI / REVELL / MONOGRAM F-104G

The ESCI box art shows the kit with no. 9013 with a Tiger scheme. 
The kit is very basic with a fuselage in 4 parts with a separate tail. A single part seat is provided suggesting a Martin Baker seat but very basic and hardly cockpit detail. The canopy is one piece and a bit "flat and too wide". A refueling probe is in the kit. (later I found out that the fueltanks which are a bit too small in diameter make the wingspan too large when fitted on the wingtips).

Decals in this box 9013 are:
(1) Canadian Armed Forces F-104G of no.439 squadron in yellow-black striping Tiger scheme;
(2) F-104G Belgian Air Force of no.31 squadron based at Kleine Brogel in also a yellow-black striping Tiger scheme;

A few decades ago I made an ESCI kit in the Canadian Armed Forces Tiger scheme (1). The black striping was applied with a black marker!! The model looks smart though.

I believe this same kit appeared in several boxes like these:
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ESCI / REVELL / MONOGRAM 
The kit issue no H2220-0351 is the same old kit. A refueling probe is in the kit. 
Decals are for:
(1) F-104C USAF 479 TFW as used in Vietnam 1965 with a metal scheme;
(2) F-104C USAF TAC with a metal scheme;
(3) F-104C USAF as used by the Puerto Rico ANG with a Vietnam camouflage scheme;
(4) F-104C USAF 479 TFW as used at Da Nang Vietnam  with a Vietnam camouflage scheme; 

This kit appeared in various boxes I believe of also AMT and Italeri....
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and as F-104A:
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ESCI / REVELL / MONOGRAM F-104G / S 

This box art shows also a ESCI / REVELL F-104S kit no. 2216 which is again the same basic old Revell F-104G seen above but with a few parts extra for the ventral fins for the -S; these are only for the ventral fins parts 6+7 in the kit. 

The gun port is uncovered, which is correct for later aircraft as the -S got the gun again installed). The fueltanks are too small in diameter. As the -S has a more powerfull engine, it has slightly larger intakes and a bigger diameter afterburner rear exhaust pipe. These parts are not in this kit. (better use a much better Hasegawa F-104S kit, is discussed on another page). 
The main gear bay is barren but the main doors are mostly seen closed on real aircraft. 

Decals in this kit H2216-0531 are for:
(1) F-104S Italian AF 53 stormo in a camouflage scheme; 
(2) F-104G of the West German MARINE Flieger MFG1 in a grey - light grey scheme;
(3) F-104G Canada in an overall metal scheme;
(4) F-104G Belgian AF of the 10 FBW in a camouflage scheme;
 


I made one ESCI / REVELL F-104G kit no.2216 seen above, but I used decals of a newer HASEGAWA kit with included kit markings of the (West-) German Marineflieger MFG1.
mfg-1
Some history:
map germany f;ag   west germany roundel
The old German Luftwaffe was forbidded and disbanded at the end of the Second World War mid 1945. In 1955 West Germany joined NATO and a new West German Air Force was founded in 1956 during the Cold War. Still called the Luftwaffe it was part of the Bundeswehr and aligned with the Northern British command and Southern American command. Several American aircraft were made available such a the F-84 Thunderstreak and F-86 Sabres. An air arm was also set up to execute naval strike, called the "Marineflieger". In 1960, the first F-104 Starfighters arrived that served with units like MFG-1. The first European Panavia Tornado's tactical bombers arrived in 1979 and the Marineflieger also use the Tornado. October 1990 saw the unification with East Germany DDR as the Iron Curtain had falling with large political changes in Eastern Europe. 

  

 
Here some old photos I took at an USAF Open Day at Ramstein, probably in the late eighties. The aluminium foil on the aircraft spoiled it appearance.

Back to the F-104 kit....

Colours are RAL 7012 upper surfaces for which Revell 77, Humbrol 79, Xtracolour X207 or Gunze Sangyo acrylic 69 can be used; And use a mix of aluminium/light grey RAL 7001 for the under surfaces. Nice is the dayglow on the tiptanks using Revell aqua 25. 

NOTE: I drooped the inboard trailing edge flaps and I used some spare Hasegawa kit fuel tanks on this model. 



Fill the gaps at the main wheel doors with white glue. 

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A nice Marineflieger ESCI/Revell Starfighter sits now on my shelves


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