YF-104A Starfighter prototype (with XF-104)

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YF-104A Starfighter prototype (with XF-104)

Joined: August 6th, 2010, 8:27 am

July 9th, 2018, 8:44 am #1









Made by combining the front end of an Hasegawa F-104G with the back end of an Italeri F-104A/C

The only extra bit needed was a set of wheels as these were different to the production version. I got these from a Revell F104C kit which I happened to have.
Construction was fairly simple as there was a reasonable match between the two sections of fuselage.
Decals came from the spares box except for the lettering which was produced at home. The red spiral around the nose probe was produced by spraying red enamel on to white decal paper and cutting a tapered strip which was wrapped around the probe. Easier said than done!

Regarding the finish, both YF and XF were finished in Alclad. I used Airframe aluminium over gloss enamel however I felt this was too shiny so they were given a 'dusting' of Alclad aluminium to take off some of the shine. I think that I overdid it on the XF-104, which accounts for its 'silver paint' appearance. The other interesting thing about the finish was that on the XF most of the panel lines were lost in all the modifications required and were not restored as they were hardly visible in the photos of the a/c. However seeing it against the YF makes me think that something is required to break up all that silver.
The wings of the YF are light grey on the topside. There is a caption in Jenkins and Landis' book about USAF prototypes that stated that the early F104A a/c had grey wings topside but whether this applied to the YF is uncertain. I only noticed the caption after applying decals to the wings and was in a quandry as to whether or not to go for the grey, feeling that whatever I did was bound to be wrong.
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Joined: June 28th, 2005, 12:03 am

July 9th, 2018, 11:12 am #2

Excellent work. Great NMFs.

Frank
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

July 10th, 2018, 2:40 pm #3

These are beautiful. Bright shiny F-104's always remind me of national optimism.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:47 pm

July 12th, 2018, 4:05 am #4

NOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Joined: March 10th, 2005, 11:29 pm

July 12th, 2018, 2:39 pm #5

I like the YF very much, and I don't think it suffers from lack of visible panel lines. Nice work!
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Joined: June 12th, 2008, 8:08 pm

July 12th, 2018, 2:49 pm #6

Nice work on a "have got to do that someday" theme I've had in the back of my mind for ages. You know, there was a naval variant proposed as well about the same time......
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Joined: August 6th, 2010, 8:27 am

July 13th, 2018, 12:03 pm #7

Drawings for the XF-104 were hard to come by but I found drawings for the L-242 proposal which was a proposal for a naval variant.
There was also this
http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/fun-facts/lockheeds-navy-f-104-u-s-navy-markings.html
but be sure to read it to the end. There is a sting in the tail.

John
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