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  1. Great news on the jet-front: http://www.italeri.com/news_scheda.asp?idNews=643 http://www.italeri.com/imgup/Preview%20Italeri%202016%281%29.pdf
  2. Eduard F-104C Interior Set Product Number 32 819 for Italeri Available from many online stores or directly from Eduard for €22,95 As mentioned in the F-104A Zoom-set review, Eduard also markets sets with more details than just the bare necessities. This is such a set for the F-104C. Although the coloured fret at first looks like it's the same as the one provided in the F-104A set, that isn't the case. If you look at the right side of the main IP you see one of the main differences between the F-104A and -C IP's. The F-104A has three small gauges above each other (tachometer, exhaust temperature gauge and exhaust nozzle position indicator) flanked on the right side by one large gauge; the fuel quantity indicator. The F-104C has those same three gauges, but on the right side one can find three small gauges instead of one large: the fuel flow indicator, oil pressure gauge and the automatic pitch control indicator. Eduard copied this admirably. What is probably NOT accurate is part 50; the armament control panel. As in the F-104A set, the part of the gunsight control switches is red, which is not the case on the F-104C in the Air Force Museum; F-104C-5-LO 56-914. BTW, note the triangular shaped ejection handle on this C2 seat, indicative that it's an early C2: militaryfactory.com Michael Benolkin, TacAir Publications Michael Benolkin, TacAir Publications The second fret contains mainly parts for the walls of the side consoles and the inside of the hatch that was originally used for the downward ejection seat. The set doesn't provide the parts in such a way that you can dispense with the cockpit floor altogether. That would've been the most accurate as the F-104 never had a true cockpt floor. Somewhat like the F4U Corsair... PreservedAC In practice, between the stick, the foot boards and the sidewalls there wasn't much room, so it may not be too noticeable. But since you cannot show the model with it's seat removed, the parts for the inside of the lower hatch are somewhat of a waste of metal... I think that providing sidewalls that go no further than the imaginary floor is a missed opportunity, even if Eduard always claims "only to add detail, not to improve accuracy". Look at Eduard's instructions to see what I mean. Although I REALLY am a bit dissapointed about the floor issue, I still give this set a Highly Recommended as it provides enough other details that really enhance your F-104C Starfighter cockpit. My thanks go to Eduard for providing us with the review sample.
  3. Eduard F-104C Electronic Equipment. Product number 32 820. Available from many online shops or directly from Eduard for €18,75 This is really quite an involved sit to detail the avionics bay behind the cockpit by adding detail and through the deletion of a couple of "F-104 Jeep Cans" add depth to the bay. Those two frets look deceptively easy to use. You are required to cut away some of the moulded jeep boxes and build up part of the bay with PE parts. It looks to me that the end result can be quite stunning. Especially the detail parts that deal with the sills of the bay and the hatch will make a big impression, even if you would decide not to cut in the jeep cans. As the jeep cans were separate boxes that could be added and removed as the mission required, I hope that the single part 5 that makes up the sides and tops of 5 jeep cans doesn't detract from that "loose components look". I'm afraid I can't really answer that until I use this set on my F-104C... The Eduard instructions will show you what has to be cut & sawn... The jeep cans in an F-104G, compare with the contents of the set: Pablo, flickr.com/photos/pabloaircraft As for accuracy, I could find only 2 photos of the F-104C compartment, -B&W and quite small- in the Detail & Scale book. That aircraft has a different set of jeep cans installed, but that doesn't say anything. The DACO book "Uncovering the (T)F-104G Starfighter" by Danny Coremans and Peter Gordts show 3 F-104G's that all 3 have a different jeep can and circuit breaker configurations... I wouldn't be afraid to use this set for an F-104G too, to be honest! BTW, the big box in the aft compartment isn't an electronics box, it's the magazine for the 20mm ammunition. So, if you would decide to use this set for an early F-104A, RF-104G or CF-104, be sure not to show the magazine, but the equipment that the aircraft carried instead! I would say Highly Recommended, but check out the instructions to decide if you want to put in the extra effort this set asks. For the right depth of the different jeep cans you may even have to separate part 5 into 5 different parts. My thanks go to Eduard for supplying the review sample.
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. Eduard 1/32 detail sets for the Italeri F-104G After Italeri launched their 1/32 F-104G/S Starfighter kit –reviewed here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/2124-italeri-132-f-104gs-starfighter/?hl=starfighter – Eduard has issued several Photo-Etch detailing sets to add detail to this kit. We received the following sets: 32348 F-104G exterior set, 32803 Self-adhesive F-104G interior full set, 32805 F-104G Martin-Baker seatbelts, 32808 F-104 Lockheed C-2 seatbelts, 32811 F-104 undercarriage set, 32817 F-104 Lockheed C-2 seatbelts, 33131 Self-adhesive F-104G interior Zoom-set, JX163 F-104G/S Eduard Mask. Let’s start by examining the interior sets 33131 and 32803. As usual the Zoom set is made up of one coloured PE-fret which contains the most important cockpit parts. Instrument panels, side consoles, rudder pedals with the Lockheed-logo, circuit-breakers, canopy locks and an assortment of switches for both the instrument panel and side consoles and T pull-handles. The instrumentation and ECM-fit is quite correct for a fighter-bomber Starfighter of the Bundesluftwaffe. The switchology of the side consoles is also correct for a German F-104G. To give you an idea, extra parts are present for: instrument panel; fire warning lights, landing gear lever, external stores jettison switch, drag chute handle, emergency landing gear handle, master arm switch, rudder pedal adjustment handle, special weapons emergency jettison switch, special weapons arming switch, canopy jettison pull-handle, ram air turbine handle, emergency nozzle closure handle, generator 1 on/off/reset switch and generator 2 on/off/reset switch. The left side console has to be adorned with: the radar mode select switch, two range counters, stick trim/auxiliary trim selector switch, fuel shutoff-valve switch, automatic power control output on/off switch, two of the three stability control on/off switches (roll, pitch, yaw – one of the three is missing!), emergency UHF channel selector and the circuit-breaker panel with azimuth cursor switch, rocket select switch and UHF antenna select switch. For those building a German Starfighter again; there are also parts for the small box on the left sidewall that the Germans presumably used for some key safety-pins. The right side console needs dressing up with: TACAN on/off switch, TACAN channel selector, IFF-selectors, bomb run dual timers, windshield rain remover on/off switch, C-2G compass control switches, gun camera control and the pylon jettison switch. On or next to the glare shield we finally find the tailhook control / anti-collision light switch (Bundesluftwaffe pattern), the standby-compass and the German EL-70/EL-73 indicator lights. What is missing are the indicator lights on the left and right of the centre windshield frame; the radar lock-on light and the bomb-release light. Just to show how elaborate and basically accurate the set is. Of course, I would be nowhere without Danny Coremans’ and Peter Gorts’ super book: “Uncovering the Lockheed (T)F-104G Starfighter. The photography of that book is just so good that you can read all of the texts at the panels. Well, the full interior set also includes the above mentioned fret although it does carry the different product number! Apart from that there is a second fret with extra details for the canopy sills, inside framing of the windshield centre panel (because that pane of glass is much thicker than the rest in reality), some inside detail and mirrors for the canopy, inside detail of the lower fuselage hatch and sidewalls for the side consoles. The latter show the German connection again as the left sidewall features the mounting clip for the Martin-Baker quick-release buckle. Belgian and Dutch F-104G’s didn’t feature that detail, logically because they were fitted with the Lockheed C-2 ejection seats throughout their service lives. The hatch detail is nice but also somewhat puzzling; I doubt if it will be seen with the ejection seat in the cockpit. If you would remove the seat you would see parts of the kit cockpit floor where there isn’t one in the real thing…. Set 32805 is simply called F-104G seatbelts, but they are actually for the Martin-Baker equipped F-104G’s. The set provides some padding, seatbelts and buckles as well as data placards and safety-pin streamers. The PE is printed on both sides so you aren’t suddenly faced with shiny metal when you drape the seatbelt a bit different. I don’t know too much about these ejection seats but I have been told that the German and the Italian version do differ…. *Sigh…*. Italeri’s effort seems to be the love-child of a German seat fraternizing with an Italian one, it being a mix of both. I don’t know how Eduard’s belts relate to either version, the set does look awfully nice however! The next two sets are for the Lockheed C-2 equipped Starfighters; set 32808 and 32817. Both provide belts, buckles and some extra etched detail for the C-2 seats but both do it in a different manner. Set 32808 provides etched belts with separate buckles while 32817 makes use of the SUPER FABRIC product-line that Eduard launched not too long ago. The fabric is a bit of a rubbery material that is printed on a paper backing sheet. The builder needs to use a pair of pointed tweezers to get hold of the edge of one of the straps and then gently pull it off the backing paper. After that the strap can be threaded through the buckles. I haven’t attempted it yet, but if the strap-through-the-buckle-process goes smooth than you have some straps that are much easier to pose lifelike than with PE-straps. The extra PE-details are a new back-rest in place of the silly cushion-like part Italeri provides, foot-plates with detail that depicts the attachment points for the pilot’s “spurs” and the ejection handle. At this point I’m slightly critical about the webbing for the sides. This webbing deployed forward during the ejection sequence to keep the pilot’s arms from getting caught in the airstream and getting blasted out and aft, disjoining or breaking in the process. I doubt it’s effect in the PE version, chances are that the Super Fabric version will look better. But since I haven’t tried it yet I’m open to reversing my viewpoint! Set 32348 is the exterior set. It consists of one fret and basically contains parts for new airbrakes and details for the airbrake wells. The airbrakes are pretty involved assemblies, requiring the builder to add a rib-pattern with a ball-point or similar and the build up the brake from an outer part, inner part and several ribs. It has the potential to look stunning, but be sure to use a quality folding tool to get nice straight lines. Remember also that when parked, the F-104’s airbrakes were usually closed, they were only opened for inspection, maintenance and during the start-up procedure. The rest of this set provides some details for the tailhook, the underside of the centerline pylon, parts for the flameholder of the afterburner, a small part for the gun aperture that doesn’t add much in my opinion and some panels that you are supposed to glue on top of the aircraft “skin”. Although these panels can be seen on photos of the Starfighter, they don’t stand proud of the rest of the skin. I wouldn’t bother unless you’ll try try to fit the spine panels 25 and 11 in the spine. In that case you’ll heve better defined details than the soft kit panellines. What is indeed a useful detail is part 34, on the real aircraft that is a reinforcement panel on the dragchute housing. During every landing that housing opens downward and “scrapes” the tailhook! The next set to look at here is 32811, the undercarriage set. This one contains two PE frets, one larger with the structural details and a small coloured one with placards for inside the wheel wells and –doors. There are a lot of small refinements in this set. I would advise to use the PE “wires & hoses” as a pattern to fabricate your own from copper wire or the like. PE is much too flat to simulate that in 1/32 scale. But the strengthening ribs, cable trolley and the nosegear retracting arm make the nosegear to look finer. The tow eyes, placards and the details in the main gear doors like the landing light brackets do the same for the main gear. It’s up to you if you decide to use the details for the inside of the large main gear doors as these were normally only open a crack on the ground. Just enough to let the main gear retraction arms clear them. If they were completely open, it would again be because of inspection and maintenance. Lastly, we have the Eduard Mask for the F-104. Well, I’m afraid I don’t have very much to say about that. See for yourself if it is useful for your modelling! Sooooo, what do I think of these sets? I’m quite impressed by the cockpit sets, both the Zoom and the full set add significant value to your model. The same goes for the seatbelt sets. Both the Martin-Baker and the C-2 sets will make your ejection seat look much better than the standard kit treatment. I have very high hopes for the SUPER FABRIC variant for the C-2 seat as I expect to be able to pose the straps more naturally than with PE. The exterior set is very nice but I would only invest in that if you plan on opening the airbrakes. The undercarriage set does add to the completed model in that several details in the bays and on the wheeldoors are refined. Highly Recommended. My sincere thanks to Eduard for the review samples. Erik Bosch.
  7. Dutch Decal DD32015 F-104G RNLAF 312 Sqn "Dusty 3000 Hrs" Graffiti Price €12.95 including VAT at the Dutch resellers of Dutch Decal; see here: http://www.dutchdecal.nl/where-to-get If you really, REALLY want to have a different looking F-104G Starfighter in your collection, finish it with this decal sheet! It does need the original F-104G sheet DD32014 for the rosettes, emblems and stencilling though. A review of that decalsheet can be found here: http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/1746-dutch-decal-dd-32014-f-104g-starfighter/#entry24374 In December 1982, F-104G D-8337 of 312 Sqn, Volkel Airbase had logged 3000 hours. This happy occasion inspired the squadron techies to improve somewhat on the serious Teutonic standard camouflage of the Starfighter... As a bonus there is also the tail art "Mirror Image" - a nude lady appearing out of a cloud- that appeared on 311 Sqn F-104G D-8063, also in 1982. The tail number is also supplied. The printing looks very good. Sharp isn't really the right word with graffiti like this! The decalfilm looks to be quite thin so should pose no problems on the model. Because of the large "art"work there is plenty of decalfilm however, so be sure to really gloss coat your model to avoid any chance of silvering. This sheet really is a hoot! Thanks to Dutch Decal for providing the review sample. Very Highly Recommended! Erik Bosch
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