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The German Marine F-104 carried the Kormoran and AS30 missiles on similar but not identical pylons. A photo of the AS30 pylon shows it to be about 30 mm proud of the wing. Any idea or photo to confirm what the Kormoran pylon looked like when fitted to the wing? Nick
No rest for the driven! Ive been thinking about this one for quite some time now as it is going to contain some firsts for me. This one will be based on Italiari's new (ish) TF-104. The differences between the TF and D for my purposes are nil, so this is about the last time Ill likely worry about them. This will be modeled at F-104D 57-1315, flying out of the Air Force Flight Testing Center, based at Edwards AFB, in high visibility orange and NMF: Here is a pic of 57-1314 at Edwards in 1960: The florescent orange had a tendency to fade quite badly in the hot Edwards AFB sun, so I will probably incorporate some of that, but I will be making my model basically in the earliest days of the AFFTC, so it will be a newish paint job, with less fading. The "firsts" for me on this model I mentioned previously will be 2 fold: 1 - This will be my first 1/32nd "in flight" or gear up model. Ive done many models, and many models for customers too, but have until now not ever done a full gear up in-flight model. The 104 seemed perfect for it, and Ill describe how it will be posed shortly. I purchased a 12" long clear acrylic rod to mount the model on, just for this purpose. 2 - This will be my first fully "lit" model. I purchased a full lighting kit from "MagicScaleModeling" specifically designed for the dual seat F-14 that includes all exterior lighting, exhaust and cockpit lights: I will be using kitchen foil for the NMF, and will be using MRP white followed by MRP-194, Luminous Orange. Lets get on with what the build will contain shall we?
OK, I just couldn't stay away so here's my newest GB entry. I'm just waiting on one to arrive for the Interwar years GB and then I'll have one in both. Although it's the final version of the infamous Lawn Dart, Brad OK'd it as being representative of the type. For AM bits, I have the Aires cockpit set and wheel bays, Eduard wheels, GT Resin burner can and exhaust, and the Zotz decal sheet. Carl
I have picked up the new F-104G from Italeri and my plan is to build a Canadian AF CF-104G as station in Germany during the mid to late 1970s as pictuted. I have the very nice Leading Edge CF-104G decal set. It does not have the marking for the aircraft pictured but does include marking for the aircraft in the basic dark green scheme. I may seek some custom masks for the other marking if I choose to go with this scheme. My questions are: Who's pilot figure (in-flight) would best represent a Canadian pilot for that time period. PJ Products does several that may be "close" like their Germany F-4 Pilot and the NATO Pilot or maybe a combination of two. I have no idea what the harness or helmet looks like that was used by the CAF. Perhaps some of our Canadian modelers could help shed some light on my quest. There is a Aerial Rocket pod located under the left wing as well as an external tank (I think) on the center line. The kit includes a C/L Rack but no stores for it. Does anyone have any information on these? TIA, Barry Picture posted under the Fair Use Act for illustration, teaching purposes only: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html