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“Building the Italeri CF-104 Starfighter in 1/32 Scale” is Now Available!


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I’m pleased to announce that our latest title, Building the Italeri CF-104 Starfighter in 1/32 Scale by our own Chuck Sawyer, is now available!




In this 326-page eBook, Chuck builds the Italeri 1/32 F-104G Starfighter kit as a Canadian CF-104, combining it with a modest selection of aftermarket products to produce a stunning model. Along the way, Chuck treats us to tutorials on obtaining a flawless gloss finish, getting the best out of the Alclad range of metallic paints, and how to apply HGW’s tricky Wet Transfer decals.


Along with kit reviews by Dave Williams and our usual array of Appendices, we’ve also included a 65-page walkaround by Gord McTaggart, of the CF-104 that currently resides at The Military Museum in Calgary Alberta, Canada.


Chuck’s build is highly instructive, and will be invaluable to anybody wishing to build the Italeri Starfighter, irrespective of the particular variant they’re building.


And as with all our books, should any updates be required, anyone who purchased a prior version gets lifetime free access to all subsequent updated versions! All new purchasers will of course receive the updated version automatically.


The book is available from our website for 18 Australian dollars.



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7 hours ago, Rockie Yarwood said:

And purchased. Sadly I have to leave for work now and will have to wait to read it. Thanks Kev and Chuck!


Thanks, Rockie! Always appreciate your support.



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Having now had a chance for a quick perusal of your new title, a few observations:

  • First, for anyone contemplating tackling the Italeri 104, Chuck's description of the build is very comprehensive and nicely covered in both text and photos.
  • Second, even if you are not a fan of the F-104, if you are interested in producing a natural metal finish with paints, Chuck has given a detailed account of his experiments with Alclad as well as clear coats and a few metallic washes which should prove really useful to you. Those of you who have followed his builds know that Chuck does a great job describing his methods, and the "tutorial" sections in this volume are excellent examples.
  • Finally, as a bit of a Starfighter nut myself, I really like the the extensive walk around section as well as the complete coverage of available (and not so available) aftermarket accessories and decals for the F-104 in "our" scale.

Bravo, gentlemen, on an excellent publication!


Cheers,  Rockie

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55 minutes ago, Wackyracer said:

Purchased, thanks Kev, another amazing ebook that will be well thumbed as per all the previous purchases. Will be a valued addition when i get around to the 2 starfighters in the everygrowing stash :blush:


Thanks, Aaron! Plenty more to come...



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Got it downloaded and added to my KLP library. Another great collection of build correction/aftermarket additions to build a great aircraft! Oh and then Chuck shows you how to do a flawless black paint basecoat for your NMF.... How to work with HGW rivets and the tools he uses to build this show winner! I've said it before for the price of a magazine you can have a wealth of information at your finger tips! Great work Kevin and Chuck!


 Not a jet kind of guy... I now own two Hasegawa 104's with numerous aftermarket accessories and a Trumpeter F-105G for good measure. Chuck you are a bad influence! 


Cheers, Dan






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I've had some great feedback so far about this book, so along with the comments already made in this thread, here are some more:


I saw a post today about Chuck Sawyer’s F-104 book. I’d never ordered from KLP.com, and asked a couple of questions from a link. I also didn’t know who Kevin was… He responded right away, answered all my questions (and a few quite off topic). I received the book right away – and it’s really comprehensive and easy to use PDF format. Thank you for a great experience Kevin – it’s very much appreciated
George Hitchins, USA


Wow, that is amazing detail on the 104.  Photo after photo of the most outstanding workmanship.
– Mike Kaehler, Canada


“This is by far the most extensive and detailed F-104 build I have ever seen and as I have several (T)F104’s of Italeri stashed away for future builds I know now what to check and correct. I was also amazed about the use of HGW rivets on a natural metal zipper…”
– Patrick Janssen


“I’ve had a good look at the book now and I have to say that I am impressed.  I know the CF104 very well having worked on it at 417 Sqn in Cold Lake in the last four years of its service.”
– Dave Lennox, Canada



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