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Old 01-10-2022, 03:16 PM
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Cool F-104C GPM in 1/33

I decided to finally build the GPM model of the F-104C Starfighter. I purchased it along with the Kartonowa Kolekcia F-104G in West German colors.

The build on the F-104G is here :
F-104G Starfighter- Kartonowa Kolekcia 1/33 scale


and here is the finished F-104G for reference:
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_4216.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_4223.jpg


The two models take different approaches to the fuselage building and I will talk about it later during the build.


The F-104C is in US Air Force Scheme and externally you will notice that the vertical fin is set more forward compared to the G version
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6133.jpg


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Old 01-10-2022, 03:41 PM
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Another great project Isaac. I'm sure this will turn out as good as your previous efforts.
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Old 01-10-2022, 03:51 PM
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This will be a great build Isaac. I'm looking forward to see the Starfighter come together.

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Well done. The tip tanks are especially smooth.
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Old 01-10-2022, 05:07 PM
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I am still debating as to the loadout for this version of the F-104C. The kit provides 5 drop tanks. That is usually a ferry configuration since the Starfighter was a short legged fighter.

Anyhow, there is time to think about it.


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What can I say, one of my favorite liveries of the F-104 along with the German Navy!
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Old 01-13-2022, 12:12 PM
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Cool The kit

The GPM model of this Starfighter is different than the KK version primarily in the level of detail ( lots of parts in the afterburner for example ). Secondly and more important, GPM version has the the engine air intake "cheeks" separate from the fuselage. When attached, you will notice a sharp demarcation with the fuselage. On the KK version it is blended ( which I believe is more correct ).

Another difference is that the GPM kit offers two silver models in the same booklet. One is matt finished ( which I selected to build ) and also a shiny version. So if you want, you can build two models or give one away to a friend ( but you will need to scan and print the page containing the white wings as there is only one set.


Here is the kit

cover page
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6133.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6151.jpg


Instructions / figures
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6134.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6135.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6136.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6137.jpg


parts
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6139.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6140.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6141.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6143.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6144.jpg


and the matt and shiny pages compared.
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6146.jpg


the white wings ( those are correct for the silver natural metal finished Starfighters serving with the USAF ).
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6142.jpg

kit frames
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6138.jpg


I also purchased the laser frames
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6147.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6148.jpg


and the canopy and resin wheels
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6149.jpg


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Old 01-15-2022, 01:03 PM
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Exclamation Fuselage-let's start

Here are all the fuselage parts laid out. Mostly cones and cylinders
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6150.jpg


Notice that the side cheeks for the engine intake are separate and will be added on to the fuselage later. This is a departure from the normal convention in that they should be a continuous part of the fuselage rather than an add on.



Here is the nose cone
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6152.jpg



lower forward fuselage sub assembly
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6154.jpg


all the major fuselage sections ready
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6155.jpg


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You're off to a great start. It's going to be a beautiful fuselage.

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Exclamation Cockpit section

Here is the main frame for the cockpit
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6202.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6203.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6204.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6205.jpg


here is the tub partially built
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6208.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6209.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6211.jpgF-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6212.jpg


Important:
Add nose weights to prevent a tail seater ( Not 100% sure it is needed, but better add it now than be sorry later ).

F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6213.jpg


here is the glare shield to be added once the cockpit tub is in.
F-104C GPM in 1/33-img_6206.jpg


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