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F-104C Starfighter in Vietnam

Hi folks,

This is a cool new site. It has inspired me to add a little article.

I’m building Italeri’s 1/32 F-104C. It’s a decent kit but lacks the refinement and detail you might find with some other manufacturers. I was drawn to the scale and subject matter, and decided to throw everything at it – after market, scratch building and as much time and patience as I could muster. My aim is to make it the best model I’ve ever made. The full blog is over on Aeroscale, but here are a few shots of progress to date, for this new and interesting site.

I hope you enjoy them.

Happy modelling,


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11 responses to F-104C Starfighter in Vietnam

  1. Well done, Stephen. Great detail and care.


  2. It’s looking fantastic, no doubt it will be an impressive model. Thanks for sharing Stephen

  3. Can’t have too many Starfighters! Welcome onboard at iModeler

  4. Lookin’ pretty good so far….and let me add my welcome as well.

  5. Hello Stephen,
    This 1/32 scale shows us all, that the possibilities for “fine-tuning” are endless.
    Keep us updated.
    Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.

  6. I admire scratchbuilding very much and this is an example of how well it can be done! Very good build! I never knew that F-104s served in Vietnam! Learning something new every day!

  7. Hi guys,

    Thanks very much for the warm welcome. This one is a labour of love, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Any advice and comments are very welcome too.

  8. Master modeling, for sure. Great work. Time taken to complete what’s done?

  9. Such detail! , looks great.

  10. Looks like it’s gonna be a beauty!

  11. Hi guys
    Thanks for the encouragement. You are too kind.
    I hope to post some more pics soon.
    Happy modelling,

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