F-104J "Eiko" (Eduard 1/48)
This build has started with this bottle of wine more than a year ago. It was a present, and then I've realized that I'm keeping in my hands a wine produced by Gordon Cooper – a pilot, test-pilot, astronaut. And since then, I've started to look for a good F-104 kit. And then this box in sakura colors just caught my eye, so I thought – this is it!
It's an Eduard's "Eiko" limited edition kit, based on the Hasegawa sprues. Eduard has added PE parts, a resin seat (way better then the kit part), masks, and a lot of interesting Japanese AF marking options, plus an illustrated book with that prototypes – a really nice addition. I've added a resin exhaust and Pitot tube by Master along with the ladder by Plus Model. Base is by Coastal Kits.
The model was painted mostly with Hataka and Gunze paints, weathered with artistic oils.
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