1/72 Esci/AMT USAF F-104 Drone
The 1/72 Esci F-104 kits were re-boxed by AMT. The kits are pretty nice with extra fine recessed panel lines and the option to build the short tail A or C version or the more common long tail version used by most countries except the US and a few others. The decals are very good as well. I don’t think these kits are being made anymore so getting one will mean looking online etc. Originally they were about half the price of the Hasegawa 104 kits and didn’t have the overscale rivet detail found on the Hasegawa 104s.
The flouro orange colour is an attention getter. The trick is to be easy on the paint application or the panel lines will disappear. Painting flouro orange required a base coat of white. I used Tamiya white primer decanted from the rattle can and sprayed through my Paasche H airbrush. The orange is Humbrol flat flouro orange thinned with laquer thinner. The natural metal areas are Humbrol metalcote, also thinned with laquer thinner. Spraying with flouro paint can be tricky as it is semi translucent and thicker than normal Humbrol enanmel. Making repairs isn’t as easy as regular paint as you need to strip off the entire section, mask and re-prime and respray to get an even coat. You can’t just spray over top and expect to get an even coat.
I used an acrylic “sludge” wash to accent the panel lines where any were left after painting, LOL. I didn’t use a clear top coat on this model.
Photos were taken with a tripod mounted Canon SL1 DSR on aperture priority at the smallest aperture F22 and a shutter speed of 1.5 seconds (100 IS0) using reading lamps for lighting. The backdrop is a piece of $1 bristle board curved at the back to create a “seamless” backdrop effect.
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