Revell 1:48 F-104G (CF-104) 417Sq. Cold Lake, Alberta
A nice kit with a few issues. The instructions want you to join the forward fuselage halves together first, then join the rear halves together and then put the two together as one. Do this and you’ll have a whacking great seam to deal with. Glue the respective halves together first; you’ll still have a small seam to deal with but it won’t be a canyon.. Revell has you attach the speed brakes in the open position but I couldn’t find any photos of parked 104s with them open. It’s a right pain in the keester to close them. lots of filing on the inside of the brakes and they are about 1-2mm too long. I painted the fuselage with Vallejo Metal Chrome with parts of the exhaust area with their Pale Burnt Metal. The red on the stabilizers and white on the top of the wings were Tamiya. Revell would have you paint the bottom of the wings white as well but according to book “Canadian Military Aircraft: Finish and Markings – 1968-2004” this colour is Grey 501-109. WTF colour is that you ask. An almost perfect match is Tamiya XF-12 J.N. Grey. This is also used on the lower part of the radome. Kit decals were used. A little thick and didn’t completely settle into the panel lines
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