1/48 Lockheed F-104A
This is the Hasegawa F-104C backdated to a Tennessee Air National Guard “A” model from the early 1960s. This is one of those planes I've always wanted to model but couldn't get proper decals. IPMS USA came to the rescue this past August by issuing a Tennessee themed decal sheet to celebrate the Chattanooga US nationals. I also got an opportunity to try out AK Extreme Metal paints. Initially, I was unsure of the polished metal shade and sprayed the whole plane in Floquil Bright Silver. I then did various panels and the exhaust using the AK. It turned out pretty nice. I also played around with the AK polished metal over a Tamiya gloss black on some paint mule kits while I had the airbrush out. I have to say it performs well but needs time to dry. I'll be using AK for all my NMF planes from here on out. I also added an Aries resin Lockheed C2 seat and Eduard resin wingtip Sidewinder rails. The Hasegawa kit is designed to only be built with the tip tanks. You need to trim about 2.5mm from each tip to fit the Eduard rails. The Sidewinders are from a Hasegawa weapons set. I used the IPMS decals and some items from a Caracal Models sheet. It's a nice model of a pretty unique subject. Thanks for looking.