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  1. Eduard Lockheed/Stanley C1 ejection seat set for the F-104A. Product number 32 824. Available from many online stores or directly from Eduard for €14,95 Eduard describes the set as being "F-104 C1 Seatbelts". Of course the belts are included, we may be happy that that's not all. The ejection seat in the kit is a somewhat flawed Lockheed/Stanley C2 ejection seat and although the family ties between the C1 and C2 are evident, they have easily seen differences. For instance the C1 was a downward firing ejection seat and had the rollers for the seat rails near the top, the C2 was upward firing and had them near the bottom of the seat... Because there were the Stanley A, B, C, C1 and C2 versions of this seat, you might be interested to read the history of the F-104 seats on The Ejectionsite. So it's evident that the set needs some parts to backdate the C2 to C1, now would probably be a good time to check out the PE fret: The first coloured sets from Eduard had their belts and the like coloured on only one side. Eduard realized this and those parts that are visible from both sides -and were coloured in the first place- did receive a coat of paint/ink on both sides. Although why the footrests and back rest were left in metal, I don't know... In any case you can see that parts are offered for a new headrest assembly, foot troughs and triangle-shape ejection ring. I would advise not to use the webbing parts as included in the set and make it yourself from strips of paper or so as they were pretty neatly stowed on operational ejection seats. Christopher Carey / ejectionsite.com Christopher Carey / ejectionsite.com Eduard's instructions show you what needs to be done to change the appearance of the C2 into a C1. For an early F-104A it's a must, this set will give you a good starting point. Highly Recommended! Keep in mind that the F-104 seats had the survival pack stowed in the seat pan (together with the emergency oxygen) and that the pilot wore his parachute on his back, no matter how many F-104 seats you see in museums with the parachute pack in the seat... To illustrate it, our gallant pilot from 1958 climbs into his F-104A with downward firing ejection seat again...
  2. Brassin 1/32 F-104A/C/G "Early" Exhaust Nozzle Available at many good online-stores or directly from Eduard for €14,95. The Starfighters from the YF-104 up to and including the F-104G were fitted with this type of exhaust nozzle. At one time the German Air Force put their F-104G engines through a modification process that also resulted in the adoption of a longer -and different design- of exhaust nozzle. The same type of "late" nozzle was also used on the F-104S. Brassin also has parts for that exhaust, see the review by Jeroen Peters. In any case the Original design has been used on the majority of (T)F-104G's throughout their life and on all F-104A's, F-104B's, F-104C's and F-104D's. The set is superbly cast with very fine detail. I just consists of 2 parts that are used in conjunction with the afterburner section of the kit. The outer nozzle: And the inner nozzle (the one that is responsible for the legendary Starfighter whistle): Compare that to the original kit part (although that also includes an inner nozzle, not pictured here): Dave Williams, Largescaleplanes It's evident that the resin parts are much finer than the kit parts. Check it out against these photos of the real thing from the SBAP website: Serge van Heertum / SBAP Serge van Heertum / SBAP SBAP have a very fine walk-around of a Belgian F-104G on their site. As you can guess, this product from Brassin comes Very Highly Recommended. My thanks go to Eduard for providing the review sample.
  3. Eduard F-104A cockpit ZOOM-set. Product-number 33-142. Available from many online stores or direct from Eduard for €18,75. For quite some years now, Eduard gives the modeller the choice between complete interior / cockpit sets or basic sets to only tackle the key parts of the cockpit such as instrument panels and the like. This set is one of the latter; a ZOOM-set. Instead of two frets of PE as in the other Interior-set, you only get the coloured PE fret. The set does include parts to dress up the cockpit sills and has parts for new rudder pedals however. I don't have too much info on the F-104A cockpit but from looking at the drawings and photo in the "F-104 Starfighter in Detail & Scale" it looks like Eduard did their homework. The Instrument Panel does feature the differences I could see between the F-104A and C for instance. I don't know if the gunsight control panel (part 50) would have been predominantly red, however. The F-104C has the same panel that on F-104C-5-LO 56-914 in the Air Force Museum is completely black. The single B&W-shot of the F-104A cockpit that I have doesn't show a tonal difference between the black panel and the red. But then again, I don't know if a tonal difference would show up between those colours in a B&W photo... It may be that it was because the F-104A flew until 1964 without a gun, but really, that's just guessing on my part. Dan Siegle from The Dan Zone is or was busy building a 3D model of the F-104A cockpit. In the line of that quest he posted this composite picture of the F-104A cockpit -made from the original manual pictures- on his site: You can use it to check out the basics of the set, regarding the instrument panel and side consoles. The Eduard instructions give you an idea which parts are incorporated and which areas of the cockpit are treated. This set will give your F-104A model a boost by significantly upgrading the cockpit. Highly Recommended! I like to thank Eduard for providing the review sample.
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