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CD48202 - 1/48 USAF F-104 Starfighter


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This will be a 1/48 scale sheet for silver / ADC gray F-104A/C of various USAF units - I already covered Vietnam examples in CD48102, which was reprinted twice. Some colorful 479th TFW aircraft, maybe 83th / 319th /538th FIS as well - and maybe a YF-104 or two if there is space. Let me know what you would like to see on it so I can get this done pretty soon.

 

I will scale this down to 1/72 as well.

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ADC huh? Perhaps that Starfighter that intercepted that big UFO in 1967, got crushed and crashed in Montana.  It would be an Enterprising sheet.

 

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Happy to hear about this one...a must have for me!

 

As you're soliciting suggestions, how about including a "family model" for variety's sake, like this F-104B of the 331st FIS?

 

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If you're feeling really ambitious, I'd love to see a USAF F-104 data sheet in the form of maintenance stencils, each individual marking set against a rectangular silver background, a style commonly seen on TAC and ADC birds of the 1960s, particularly Starfighters.

 

It made for a distinctive, speckled look as seen here...

 

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The Air Force Flight Test Center had some pretty cool looking single and two seat Starfighters with a partial red with bare metal colour scheme.

 

I was going to say don't forget the 69th TFTS at Luke AFB but those were the G model so outside the scope of this sheet.

 

Would there be some demand for a F-104A/C stencils and FG- codes sheet in the 'Basics' range?

 

Michael

 

PS: I'm in, send some to Hannants!

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On 1/17/2021 at 5:14 AM, skyhawk524 said:

I think the NF-104A would be a welcome addition. Cutting Edge put them on a sheet that is now made of unobtanium or goes for $100 on eBay IF it pops up. 

Yes, It would be great!

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On 1/16/2021 at 1:04 PM, phantom said:

ADC huh? Perhaps that Starfighter that intercepted that big UFO in 1967, got crushed and crashed in Montana.  It would be an Enterprising sheet.

 

 

Well played.  Little known fact:  the son of that F-104 pilot, Colonel Shaun Geoffrey Christopher, was the commander of the first successful mission to Saturn in the early 21st Century.

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On 1/16/2021 at 11:14 PM, skyhawk524 said:

I think the NF-104A would be a welcome addition. Cutting Edge put them on a sheet that is now made of unobtanium or goes for $100 on eBay IF it pops up. 

Agree.....in 1/72, and why not some Edwards Test and X-15 chase planes as well. 

F-104D Edwards

Chasing Starfighter

Pllleeaaaaaseeeee!

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6 hours ago, eraucubsfan said:

I think he could do a sheet of just the test/chase aircraft.   NF-104 would be awesome, but we need a new conversion too...

Wolfpack Design have a forthcoming NF-104A conversion according to their list.

 

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I think the test / drone aircraft alone could fill up a sheet - I had early operational F-104A/B and perhaps the C's of 479TFW in mind. I will plan to have another sheet for test aircraft, including the NF-104 : with the help of a common stencilling / general marking sheet, this would be a nice modular set of releases for Spring. 

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479th F-104s will be a great place to start. It has been done, but those sheets are beyond unobtanium so I think the market is ripe. I know you will sell at least one or two to me 😉

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, MartynCLT said:

An answer to my prayers -- a 1/72 scale sheet of all the colorful 479th Starfighters ( besides Lavin's ). It can't come out too soon!!

It's too bad that the 1/72 scale Rocketeer decal sheet featuring all of the 479th's squadrons (PLUS Lavin's birds) didn't get much traction when it came out about 10 years ago. They were a small outfit in Japan, and their sheets were terrific. But they went belly up a few years ago. 

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20 hours ago, Paul Boyer said:

It's too bad that the 1/72 scale Rocketeer decal sheet featuring all of the 479th's squadrons (PLUS Lavin's birds) didn't get much traction when it came out about 10 years ago. They were a small outfit in Japan, and their sheets were terrific. But they went belly up a few years ago. 

That's the one I was thinking about, the "NASA Progressors" sheet.

I have been searching it forever, together with the early NASA sheet, until the Caracal sheet was released.

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When do you think this sheet will be available, and what options are you leaning towards? I'm building an F-104 now by happenstance, and I've got to decide if I want to paint it in natural metal for this sheet, or use the Vietnam camo decals I've already got.  

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Sorry, it is still in planning phase and I do not have an estimated release date beyond "May-July 2021". As I mentioned in the thread, it will definitely have 479th TFW aircraft, and a combination of 83th / 319th /538th FIS jets. Beyond that, I can't say anything.

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Folks, can you help with the markings on the nose of these "Sooner Boomer" F-104? I think the Italeri 1/32 kit also has these markings but I could use a good photo.

 

 

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