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Italeri F.104


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I know it's out in the shops but I've yet to see a comprehensive review, rather than educated guesses, of the actual Italeri F.104 kit yet. Is a review imminent  on LSM? If so can you please tell me if Italeri has included AN/ALE-40(N) chaff and flare dispensers or AS-34 Kormoran missiles as per MarineFlieger 104s'? After all, Xmas is just around the corner!

Humbly,

 

Steve S. 

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I know it's out in the shops but I've yet to see a comprehensive review, rather than educated guesses, of the actual Italeri F.104 kit yet. Is a review imminent  on LSM? If so can you please tell me if Italeri has included AN/ALE-40(N) chaff and flare dispensers or AS-34 Kormoran missiles as per MarineFlieger 104s'? After all, Xmas is just around the corner!

Humbly,

 

Steve S. 

 

I'm on it! Just got the kit today in the early evening so please be patient for a little while longer... ;) I'm at a Belgian Modelling Show tomorrow, so I aim at Monday...

 

There is no air-to-surface ordnance provided in the kit, so sadly, also no Kormoran's. I'm afraid there are also no AN/ALE-40 dispensers provided.... I also miss the Aero-3B launchers that most European air forces used to carry 2 underbelly Sidewinders. I would have wished for some other stores too, as I mostly saw them with practice rocket/bomb dispensers in the days that the 104's flew.

 

But what I find most important is the fact that Italeri is the first manufacturer that provides underwing tanks in their Starfighter kit! Woohoo!

 

More to come! ;)

Cheers,

Erik.

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Thanks guys, you've made an old man happy! I await your considered opinion with eager anticipation.

Shame about the lack of air to ground ordnance but I'll be happy if it turns out to be a good kit of my second favourite kerosene burner! 

I've always thought that there's a niche in the market for good accurate 'things to hang off wings' and the supporting literature .Scale Aircraft Modelling, when it was run and edited by Alan W. Hall, ran a short series of drawings many years back, that helped a little but didn't go far enough. Knowing that your latest creation would actually carry the ordnance you want to see on it and could actually take off and perform the mission, would/should result in an accurate rendition. Yet another of my hopes and dreams that I'll probably carry to my grave!

I look forward to a typical in depth LSM kit review.

Thanks,

 

Steve S.

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Steve, I'm not going to make Monday. I have just taken the review pictures (nearly 90) and have to process them some. I also want to add useful text to the pics, so it'll take a little while longer. Now a quick cup of coffe and off to the evening shift for me!

 

Cheers,

Erik.

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