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Real aluminum paneled Italeri 1/32nd scale F-104C – Build in progress!

Hello stranded at home modelers! This is something I’ve wanted to do once in my life and because of this virus I decided to dive in! This is a F-104 with all individual panels made from real aluminum, not that bare metal c**p. I have individually cut each panel using templates that I made from the existing panel lines and research using photos. I sanded each panel a little differently to give an accurate look. I have spend at least 100 hours so far! I can tell you this isn’t for the faint of heart or the impatient!

I really love this look but I don’t think I will do this again for a very long time, hahaha!
Let me know what you think!
Stay safe and healthy, the world is in my prayers.
Rick

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20 responses to Real aluminum paneled Italeri 1/32nd scale F-104C – Build in progress!

  1. Wow! Simply amazing.

  2. Liking what I see!

  3. Thanks guys! I’ve always wanted to do this, thanks for checking it out!

  4. Holy cow! That’s pretty incredible. Looking forward to the final reveal.

  5. Excellent work, I have foiled planes before. I know it is a lot of work and you are doing an excellent job of it, not to mention the nice looking cockpit and wheel wells. When I did mine in the end I polished plane with tooth paste or Blue Magic Polish. Not so much to shine up the kit but to diminish the burnishing marks from working the foil around the curves. I look forward to seeing your finished product, it is already damn impressive!

  6. Thanks walt! I am not using foil, I find it too thin. It is a lot of tedious burnishing and cutting! I appreciate it and can’t wait to have this one done and on display.
    Cockpits are always fun…anytime I get to add my own details is fun!!
    Thanks for checking it out!

  7. This is absolute magic Rick. You push the modeling envelope to highest altitudes. You are the man!
    All the best!

  8. Thanks! Spiros, what an amazing compliment!! I keep striving to get better.
    Thank you!!

  9. Spectacular. If patience is a virtue you must a very virtuous person. I will keep following this build.

  10. Oh wow. Actual aluminum plates? That is a whole other level.
    Looks really good so far.

  11. Incredible work Rick. I too am interested as to what aluminum stock you used and where did you acquire it. Also what glue or medium was used to attach it to the A/C. Nice work, looking forward to seeing her completed.

  12. What an insane build ๐Ÿ˜€ looks awesome! Can’t wait to the final reveal
    Congratulations

  13. Looking amazing, way beyond my skill level!!!!

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