1/48 scale Hasegawa
by Roger Fabrocini
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
F-104G Starfighter is available online from Squadron.com
This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, kit #PT20,
built as a CF104, #104770, of the 4th Wing CAF, Germany, 1983.
Anxiety, ego, pride and fear all inspired this build.
My nephew Karl's wish to attend the US Nationals in Phoenix sent my
heart rate higher then when I go for a run. Having the "veil" that is
digital photography lifted, exposing all the build's flaws to my peers'
prying eyes, made my hands shake more then a full French press of Peet's
Coffee drunk at 2 am on a empty stomach.
"The search for perfection is all very well, but to look for
heaven is to live here in hell". (Sting)
The build was conceived in January, procrastinated through June and
frantically finished a week before the Nationals. The extended length of
the build can be contributed to continuous anxiety attacks over my
The following modifications were made to the basic kit:
Black Box CF-104 cockpit set
Eduard's photo-etched detail set for
Cutting Edge canopy demister set
Wheel wells detailed with bits of
The 'Coup de Grace' was delivered courtesy of my poor planning. Going
into this, my only prerequisite was a camouflaged CF104. References were
numerous, but vague on marking placement. Vagueness led to indecision
which bred panic.
"Who ya gonna Call?" HyperScale!
Canadian Brad in BC (and now Calgary, I see) to the rescue. Through a
miraculous job of networking he procured me a out of print decal sheet
from Dave Koss at Leading Edge Models. After inconveniencing half of
Canada I procured said decals four days before the Nationals.
I eventually used markings from the Belcher Bits CF-104 sheet that i
had since March. My bad.
Gunze Sangyo lacquers were used exclusively, applied with
Harder-Steinbeck and Iwata airbrushes. Most colours were custom mixed.
The flat finish is Humbrol Mattcote.
The first model I've ever built that I can actually document the
flaws. (My efforts to become the best modeler on the planet have
suffered a serious setback).
The frustration of attempting a 'flawless' build was tempered by the
privilege of meeting many 'HyperScalers' at Phoenix and gaining new
friends in Canada. Thank you all again.
In particular, heartfelt thanks to Brad in BC for his help and
encouragement, Dave Koss at Leading Edge Models for the sheet and his
trust (I still owe you for the decals Dave) and all the other Canadian
HyperScalers for their help. As always, thank you Brett.
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15 December, 2004
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