CF-104 Starfighter – Hasegawa 1/48
Here is my attempt at modeling the CF-104 Starfighter in 1/48th scale. This is my one and only Bare Metal Foil model – it was pretty labor intensive but worth the effort. I applied the BMF panel by panel and mostly used Matt Aluminum but also segments of Bright Chrome. Being wary of masking BMF, I did the anti-glare panel in black foil, rather than painting it. I airbrushed Tamiya smoke for the darkening around the burner can. The red is MM Acryl Guards Red and the Gray dialectric panels are slightly lightened Tamiya Sky Gray. The decals are from Leading Edge and represent a Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft normally based in CFB Cold Lake, Alberta but serving with NATO forces in Europe. I find it very difficult to photograph this model, but I think I have finally got a decent light balance with more emphasis on natural light and a little bit of LED for filler. I had originally thought the BMF had a yellow tinge from age but I now think this was a result of the wrong lighting, since it actually looks fine to the naked eye. BTW, I detailed the cockpit with an Eduard set but decided to do the canopy closed to preserve the sleek lines of the 104. I have a couple more of these Hasegawa kits in my stash plus the big Italeri model in 1/32nd. These will be done with the canopy open. Hope you like it. Please forgive the still slightly uneven results on the photography
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