F-104 model in 1/32 scale
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A special feature of the reconnaisance RF-104G was the special Dutch AF recon pod, called the Orpheus pod. I had no drawings at that time but some good pictures. The pod is in 1/32 about 112 mm long and has a circular cross section diameter of 13 mm. A pod was made using a spare pod from the F-15 of Revell in 1/32 with lots of putty.
recce pod being shaped...
The F-104G Starfighter variants have thicker wheels and these are not in either kit. The G is capable of secondary bombing tasks to take -off with a higher weight. The main doors therefor also have the bulges in them. The wheels otherwise would not fit when retracted. NOTE: the newest later Hasegawa kit has "resin" parts for the wheels and doors.
to be shaped...
pod with markings and stencilling
The same was also done for the rear avionics hatch.
The Starfighters are all now being finished with final assembly of main parts such as the main doors and speed brakes. These were added as supplied in the Hasegawa kit.
The speed brakes have retracting sliding attachments that go into the forward part of the brake bay. I opened these to get a much improved look.
The fitting of the assembled tip tanks was a problem on the 1/32 Revell kit. The wing is too large in span! I had to remove 4 mm at each tip end! Although it was discovered very late by me and although I could correct it be carefully sawing off the tips, I strongly recommend of course to remove the end of the tips before assembly.
The Hasegawa tiptanks fit fine. I
only added fueldumps on the inner areas of the tanks just aft of the inner
Also the various decals were to be applied. Many stencilling data should be added, the Starfighter was sometimes called the "flying instruction manual".
The smaller markings I did not have so I obtained them from spare sheets, such as 1/32 Micro scale sets for the F-15. In order to simulate the markings, some were cut and applied. They merely suggest a text with a marking but the result is OK
nose u.c. bay RF
Also, I checked the model panellines
and grills. Very fine thinned paint (black and brown) was applied in the
recessed panels but very lightly! F-104 aircraft are not like a tank but
well maintained by its crews!
The models now
have to carefully cleaned up and given their final semi-matt varnish paint
with the airbrush.
Decals are from Dutch decal set.
Well, it took some effort but the result is worth it... a TF-104G Starfighter in the collection.
RF-104G model in 1/32 scale
|And here , the completed RF-104G
model of the recon version Starfighter as used by the Royal Dutch Air Force.
Well, that's it after a year... some nice models of the Starfighter in the collection was well worth it.
2014 Italeri issued a very nice 1/32 scale
F-104 kit with various options and including KLu F-104G details and decals.
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