Badmash...1/48 Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Pakistan Airforce

Started by Reinhard Spreitzhofer · 16 · 2 days ago
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    Reinhard Spreitzhofer said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Time for my dad to start the next silverbird.
    After two Indian ones, now also a Pakistani one.
    The PAF received 12 (or 14) Starfighters in the early 60ies and they saw combat in the 1965 and 1971 wars with India.
    The Pakistanis nicknamed the F-104 badmash.

    Seems the info on the Iliad design sheet is wrong and 56-803 didn´t participate in the 1971 war. Found info on two websites that 803 was lost in 1964 in a d´fatal strafing run training crash.

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Great entry, Reinhard @grimreaper
    You don't see an PAF aircraft being build that often.
    Looking forward to it.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 week, 5 days ago:

    Awesome entry, my friend @grimreaper!
    Looking forward to it!

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    Reinhard Spreitzhofer said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    let´s get this thing started
    started to paint the instruments using a black permanent marker

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    Nice idea to use a marker for that, Reinhard @grimreaper

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 week, 2 days ago:

    Excellent idea to use a permanent marker and great looks, my friend @grimreaper!

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    Reinhard Spreitzhofer said 1 week, 1 day ago:

    cockpit tub done and fuselage halves joined
    gonna do the avionics bay closed, so no paint for that area
    The kit seat looks ok, Kinetic also provided PE seatbelts but they are insufficient. Only two lap belts and shoulder belts, but there is also a reversed Y shaped belt and three kinda belt on the seat sides. Gonna use Eduard PE seatbelts for that.

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    George R Blair Jr said 1 week, 1 day ago:

    Looks like a very good start, Reinhard (@grimreaper). Interesting use of a marker for the instruments. I don't usually check the facts with the kit history, but this is one of several times I have seen the facts wrong recently. I had a friend who flew F-104s in the early 70s and he said that you really had to be careful on ground attacks because the 104 would chew up altitude very quickly. As he said it: "The little tree you were using as an aiming point would become a big tree very quickly."

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 week, 1 day ago:

    Nice progress, Reinhard @grimreaper

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 week ago:

    Looks great so far, my friend @grimreaper!

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    Reinhard Spreitzhofer said 5 days, 12 hours ago:

    fit of the 3-part air intakes isn´t that good and they needed some work to join more or less smoothly

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    John vd Biggelaar said 5 days, 2 hours ago:

    A bit of extra work to get it done perfectly, Reinhard @grimreaper
    Good idea to mark them L/R

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 4 days, 1 hour ago:

    Great job despite the challenges, my friend @grimreaper!

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    Reinhard Spreitzhofer said 3 days, 3 hours ago:

    put a piece of plastic sheet between fuselage and air intakes so that there´s no gap
    also some filling and sanding necessary

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 3 days, 2 hours ago:

    Nice remedy, my friend @grimreaper!