1/72 scale kits of the F-104 Starfighter: ESCI / ITALERI / REVELL
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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
Decals in this box 9013 are:
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:
ESCI / REVELL / MONOGRAM
This kit appeared in various boxes
I believe of also AMT and Italeri....
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
Decals in this kit H2216-0531 are
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.
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.
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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
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