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Hasegawa 1/48 USAF F-104 Starfighter


This is my Hasegawa F-104 Starfighter. Nice kit to build OOB, although some of the decals were not that nice.
First time using Gunze Mr. Metal Color Aluminum and I was not pleased. I mean, the color was beautiful, but it kept releasing pigments like forever and, at least for me, it is too fragile.
Of course, the real problem could have been holding the AB all the time, but I’ll try something else in the future, like AK polished aluminum. It’s friendlier than Alclad, they say…


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18 responses to Hasegawa 1/48 USAF F-104 Starfighter

  1. Spectacular job, sir…..turned out quite nicely indeed. Great detail work.

  2. That looks really nice dude! Nice job on that aluminum finish!

  3. Always a beautiful plane…
    The model turned out great, with nice detail and riveting.
    Regarding the Aluminum, it’s the most challenging finish πŸ™‚ I’m still trying to get it right (with two builds here in iModeler, painted with Gunze and Alclad to get different panel shades), but not already happy…
    What did you used to enhance the rivets? oils, paneliner?

  4. πŸ™‚ … Greetings … πŸ™‚ :
    Very nicely done George, good work on the details. The washes are not overdone and the details really look good on the canopy frame.

  5. A good looking 104 – even though you had issues, the NMF came out really well. Beautiful model.

  6. Beautifully done!!

  7. Try Vallejo metal paints. They won’t have your better half chasing you around the house waving a cast iron skillet she wants to turn into your own helmet, and they won’t eat you model (unlike @#$#!! Alclad, which I will never touch again with Scott T. Murphy’s 12 foot pole)

  8. Really nice job knowing how difficult it is to work with metallic paints.
    I currently use AK xtreme metal paints for my P51B model and in particular the famous polished aluminium. The result is nice however it remains quite fragile and you must be very careful with the post masking. I done some tests with other metallic colors from the same series of paints, as titanium, dark alu, duraluminium, etc. and they are much more resistant. So important to do tests before applying on your model.
    So! even more impressed by your beautiful F-104 πŸ™‚

  9. Sorry to hear that about AK Polished Aluminium. I thought it would be more resistant to masking. It is one go their best colors. But, thanks for the advice!!

  10. Very nice, nothing wrong with that. I just finished spraying an older bottle of Vallejo Model Air(VMA) Chome Silver on a B6N2 and it turned out great. My personal philosophy with any VMA paint is to let it fully cure for at least 24 hours. It will never be as good as Alclad or other non-acrylic metallics but it still looks good. I’m looking to try Vallejo’s newer metallics but as of yet I can’t get a source in Canada

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