Lockheed F-104C Starfighter U.S. Air Force Hasegawa 1/48


This is the article transferred from my former site, I built this from July to August 2007.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 BOX PACKAGEI want to make the jet plane this time because I had completed the WWII plane last time. I chose the F-104C Starfighter. The long and slender body looks difficult to complete.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI wonder what procedure should I make, but for the beginning, I assembled the fuel tanks, main wings, and cockpit.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGThe cockpit is like this one. After I searched the photographs of the cockpit panel on the Internet, I pasted the decal and painted the seat belt, etc. I added the color on the panel a little in red and yellow accent.  (2007/07/14)

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGSticking the right and left of a large air-frame together. After drying the parts, I found the gap and amend it with the patty.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGI completed the assemble rough shape. I smoothed the whole surface with about the #1500 sandpaper this time because the surface treatment was not so good in P-47 assembling before and the painting was not so good.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGIt is sliced masking tape and the masking of the canopy as this photo.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 MAKINGAll the assembly process completed. Because this air-frame is the overall silver painting, I have assembled the tire. I lost one or two small parts, but don’t care to continue painting. Because neither the bomb nor the missile has been attached to this kit, it is quite simple. I noticed there was not a pilot either.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGIt is a silver paint finishing though the picture is not bright enough. What should I do with the jet plane painting about holding it? In the case of tanks, I always fixed it on the stand and holding it by hand and easily blowing. I used chopsticks to hold this plane to insert the end of them in the jet engine exhaust opening. But it is unstable and not easy to paint the airplane. It is necessary to improve the next time.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGI was surprised in the next morning after painting last night and being seen the next day. When I confirmed the surface after dried the kit, there was an innumerable typing out pin marks on the wing upper surface!!! Are there usually pin marks on the upper surface? Did I mistake to joint the top and bottom of the main wing parts? Anyway, I amended with the putty and tries to paint again. The mistake stands out after I painted silver if I finish up the surface has not been cleared. The high-quality surface finishing is difficult for me to even though its basic skill for the airplane modeler.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 PAINTINGI noticed it after all that the wing upper surface should be white and lower surface light gray. I need to do masking again. A lighter color was better though I had painted the tail with black iron. Because the black airframe and a number of the decal is the same color, it is not visible clearly. This black area was brush painted but the surface didn’t smooth. I should have blown it with airbrush even if it takes much time for masking.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOAt last, the F-104 was completed. I damaged some parts here and there but anyway finished up. This kit was required painting with different colors on the nose part and the main wing, it took much time. Though I was thinking it’s simple assembling and painting.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOPainting with silver was difficult. This time, to avoid the paintwork of silver becoming impure, I made the ink putting minimum effect.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOIt might be the aircraft modeler’s satisfaction looking into the detailed cockpit inside through the canopy. This time, I spilled thinner on the clear canopy parts and it had become cloudy. I polished with the compound and it’s the limitation around here. It’s happy to see the meter board and the seat belt.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTODecals were not shined strangely without my carelessness. I suppose the decal degree of adhesion was good for the paintwork of the clearing finish up. There was no degree of adhesion problem though the paintwork of silver had been finished roughly. The decal was softly transformed after using the decal-fit, and I had to touch up to repaint some parts by small brush.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOThe panel of iron black paint was too dark. I should have mixed with silver and that panel was better color tone. Marking is the US Air Force 479th strategy combat Air Wing in 1964.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOIt is very satisfactory though I didn’t arrange the extra working in the cockpit, simple making following manual. Though it is not possible to make beautiful easily.

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOIt did not worry the under the surface because it was not so seen well. The decal of a red belt is a good accent with this airplane. Even if it is completed, the aircraft model needs a large space. This is in 40cm×20cm. How do you keep your complete works?

F-104C HASEGAWA 1/48 FINISHED PHOTOIt is necessary to reflect on the point is finishing quality was rough overall. Handling of surface treatment before it paints, the density of spraying paints, and decal quality, the assembly of the aircraft should be taken care with many points different from the AFV model. I was relieved because I could complete this work anyway.



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