CF-104 CAF Starfighter ‘1971 Tiger Bird’ – Academy 1/72
This build was a testing stage for painting this Tiger Meet scheme after seeing a similar paint scheme at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
The biggest concern was being able to completely separate the Yellow from any Black overspray while trying to achieve a tight blending or feathering effect, using modeling clay for the first time as a mask.
I figured the Academy kit would be a great kit to mess around with as it's not a difficult build - it just has a seat for a cockpit, no wheel wells and empty air/speed brakes.
Having build the Hasegawa and ESCI kits, this Academy kit is a definite 3rd place finish. The Air intakes don't look right and the forward section looks bulky and the canopy is no way near accurate.
The 'Belcher Bits' Decal Set#BD7 is top notch though, very nice. I did need some white background on the white insignia decals though, but that has happened with other decals also.
The decal set allows multiple version of the Canadair CF-104 with various insignia from different eras spanning years from 1962 through 1983.
The decals indicated the '71 (#104823) paint scheme matched that of the '72 (#104770) scheme.
I could not find any photos of this '1971 Tiger Bird' as it was lost due to an in-flight contact incident with another Starfighter during its first flight with the new paint scheme.
I did find the Incident Report at https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/187742 which indicated Maj. M.I. Chesser did safely eject from the aircraft.
Things workout fine with the masking, although my actual layout is not too accurate - but since I could not find any photos of #104823, I guess there might be a chance that I am closer than I think 😉
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