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Here is my third 1/32 scale build, and my first of the legacy planes (I have the Blackbird as well, but I don't consider it exactly a ''legacy plane'', as it has stealth features and flew about a decade after the Starfighter). It is a very special kit to me, as I got it as a present. Well, I would have choose the American C version if I could 🙂 , so a conversion it will be. This kit includes a lot (quite a lot) of optional parts and I gotta figure out the perfect match. The markings would be a challenge, as I have only the four US national insignia decals in the correct size and registry, but I gonna print some decals from the C version kit and transform them into masks, to paint the U. S. Air Force/USAF markings. I'm not sure of the exact airframe yet, but I gotta figure out a similar way to do the squadron markings/emblem (I think I'll use the most simple one, with not so many colors). I plan to wrap it with shiny aluminum self-adhesive foil - my first time doing so. If something goes wrong and I can't deal with it - I'll change to a standard oil canning + metalizers procedure. So far, I'm optimistic about the bare metal foil. Here is the kit:




And I started from the cockpit. Btw I'll use these afterarket parts - the pilot figure with a seat, the nozzle, and 3D printed decals for the instrument panels:




First, I deleted the casted instrument panels on the OOB parts - here they are before and after:






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  • my favs are F`s changed the title to F-104G Starfighter, 1/32, Italeri

I'll be watching this as well. I've built a couple Italeri in 1/32 and love the kit. By 'deleted' the original panels, I see you've removed the raised detail in preparation for the Quinta Studios decals. How did you do it? Sandpaper? Scraping with a knife?


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Hi ALF - yes, I used just a regular blade, and anoter one that is flat (like a chisel). A lot of scraping, very very slowly and precisely though, in all directions to remove the raised parts evenly. Then just a couple of passes with a piece of 4000 grit sandpaper to ''polish'' the surfaces, as I thought the decals can stick easily this way, however, this was not needed at all.


PS: The decals stressed me quite a lot - as soon as they contacted the water - they changed color... actually, lost color. 🙂 The base gray color became 100% transparent... it was basically black instrument panels. I thought I did something wrong... luckily, the gray color reapeared once the decals were glued and dry. How did that happen - I have no idea. Probably it is normal, and it's just my first time seeing something like this.

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It could be just me discovering something new for the first time, but those 3D decals are HIGHLY recommended! It really looks good in person, but now I can't even believe what I see in the cloze-up images... tremendous! Anyway, the cockpit tub is ready:







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6 hours ago, my favs are F`s said:

It could be just me discovering something new for the first time, but those 3D decals are HIGHLY recommended! It really looks good in person, but now I can't even believe what I see in the cloze-up images... tremendous! Anyway, the cockpit tub is ready:







I absolutely love those decals. I have a bunch (Quinta, other brands) that I will use for kits that matter to me (F-104, CF-18, etc). You've done a great job on these ones.


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Thanks! Btw I just figured out some subtle ''weathering'' with satin/matt clear finish would be even better, then very very subtle drybrushing at a shallow angle (to restore the shine of the knobs/switches only). I'll give it a go tomorrow. Just the side consoles... cause right now everything looks crystal clear, and is shiny. I doubt even a newly produced plane can have so ''glossy'' IPs. 

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So I end up using the MB seat from the kit... 😊It was quite the journey to remove the pilot figure from the Lockheed seat as it is a one-piece resin casting, but all went relatively well. I had to do it because the headrest of the original Lokcheed seet was adjusted very low, and thus there was a decent void space right behind the helmet of the pilot, which bothered me a lot. One of the top highlights of the Starfighter cockpit is that everything is ''filled to the brim'', and all profile-view images show that the helmet, the headrest, and the back railing are aligned and only a couple of inches under the canopy... there are no big void spaces there. Anyway, here is how it looks now with the MB seat, and btw I did some modifications as well.






And it is prepped. I messed up the yellow/black patterns of the ejection handles, but at least there is something ''yellow'' there... I'm thinking about adding a filter a little bit more to make it less pronounced...








And an overview:






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10x, Aigore. The Nighthawk actually is in the 2nd stage of weahtering and I did a kind of a jig that allows me to slide the brush and draw the long straight lines on the bottom fuselage... just a sneak peak:






It's not ready yet, but it really is something like building the Starfighter and, in the meantime - weathering. 🙂 Those oil paints take quite some time to dry properly.

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Check out the wheels - the movement is ready - before and after: 🙂 






It was a hassle... the doors didin't fit perfectly, several thin struts are replaced, the plastic in some areas was very very thin... and 38 magnets later:










And here is the retraction in motion. I know it is far from reality, but I didn't try to make the movement realistic at all. In the beginning, I was sceptical about the rigidity/sturdiness of this type of landing gear, but it turned out very sturdy. The model is light as well, so I don't worry about displaying it long-term in a parked position any more. Still plenty of things to do with the MLGs. Cheers for now.



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9 hours ago, habu2 said:

I get a "Video Not Available" when I click on your youtube link...  ☹️


hm, maybe because I uploaded it as a Shorts and there is an expiry or something like this... Anyway, I just replaced it with a normal video, and gotta be a-ok now. 🤙

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Surface preps: formation lights, the gun bay is closed, and the small panel on the bottom side where is the center fin/hook is also added:












Just barely glued. I'll sand them flush/rescribe/etc later. Then I cut the Reskit afterburner parts, and couldn't resist to take some ''transparent'' pics at night 🙂 :








Plenty of details here... but I used it only for testfits so far. Meanwhile, the rest of the afterburner can is assembled (with several milestones) and painted:




This is with the afterburner can/liner. It's slightly green-ish and it is not quite visible due to the white light from the torch.





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The NLG is ready - here are the parts:








And retracted:






The motion is not quite gracious, so I didin't take a video.


So, everything was ready for the gluing of the two fuselage halves - I added all sub-assemblies on one of the sides. Also, I preserved the OOB J-79 engine for a plausible outdoor display with the cradle, as it is a very very nicely detailed engine, and it would be a real shame to hide it permanently insidie the fuselage. I switched it with the leftover parts from one of the Nighthak's engines. I aligned everything to fit with the tail section and the afterburner resin part. Then, there are several additional axial struts from kit sprue rods - they are there for more structural rigidity, for just in case, as I expect to apply force during the application of the metal foil. 




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The fuselage is now one piece, and I straightened the connection with the tail section by adding these plastic plates:






The tail section recieved alignment rods to hold the afterburner can in place, too:




And I thinned the trailing edge along the nozzle - here the upper half is thinned, while the bottom is not ready yet. I'm very happy with how it looks now.





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