Here’s Italeri’s new-tool,1/32 F104 Starfighter. I’ve modelled it as the RCAF CF-104G, nuclear strike version, Cold Lake, Alberta AB,1962, which is one of ten kit livery choices but I think the only NMF version.
I used an Aires exhaust nozzle, as I plan to use the kit’s own, complete GE J79 turbojet engine, detailed-up, and displayed on the stand that’s also part of the Italeri set.
There’s also a separate stand for the tail unit, should you wish to display the model with the tail disengaged from the main aircraft, with engine ‘in situ’. As well as the two stands, there’s a nice crew ladder, which I’ll use in display, but it’s not on view here as photographing the model on its own presented enough challenges (tip to tail, 57centimetres/22.5 inches).
The kit comes with a nice colour booklet – a walkaround – which is useful when read with the kit’s instructions, the latter set out for both the ‘G’ and ‘S’ versions.
I ran a WIP thread on some of the build at http://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/italeri-f104gs-starfighter-132-new-tool/ which might be of interest.
An interesting project, and a model I highly recommend.
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