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Kinetic Gold Aircraft 1/48 F-104G Starfighter Kit

Kinetic Gold 1/48 F-104G Starfighter Kit


$66.39 $82.99

Less than five years after Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson was looking at the first combat experience between jet fighters over the skies of Korea and understood the need for an aircraft that could reach high altitude and affect a high-speed intercept to achieve and maintain air superiority. His revolutionary Model 83 was designed to meet that need and was submitted to the USAF as an unsolicited proposal. The Air Force agreed with the need but decided to seek other ideas from industry. Designs were submitted by Republic and North American, but a cautious Air Force staff opted for the Lockheed design. The F-104 was born.

Two XF-104s were delivered less than two years later, but the first production F-104As would not enter service until early 1958. The F-104 was the first operational aircraft to fly above Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound). Its small airframe enclosed a powerful afterburning J79 engine which could take the F-104 from the ground to 80,000 feet in less than five minutes. The F-104G and its two-seat trainer variant, TF-104G, was produced as a multi-role fighter for operations in Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Italy, with each of these countries producing a combined total of over 1000 airframes. Many of these would find their way into other Air Forces including Greece. Like the USAF F-104C, the F-104G was limited in its intercept capabilities because while it had a good radar, it lacked radar-guided missiles that could affect an intercept in all weather conditions (the AIM-9 Sidewinder is ineffective in clouds).
  • Nicely detailed Martin-Baker ejection seat with photo-etched pilot restraints
  • Nicely detailed cockpit
  • Positionable canopy
  • Positionable radome
  • Detailed radar set for display with open radome
  • Detailed afterburner section and J79 nozzle
  • Detailed landing gear and wheel wells
  • Positionable avionics bay door w/detailed avionics bay
  • Positionable rudder
  • Positionable stabilator
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable leading edge flaps
  • Positionable trailing edge flaps
  • Positionable speed brakes
  • Positionable main landing gear doors

External stores options include:

  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder
  • Dual rail Aero-3B missile rack for under fuselage
  • 2 x wingtip tanks
  • 2 x underwing tanks

The kit includes one sheet of decals which provide the following options:

  • F-104G, 22+39, 7117, JaboG 34, Memmingen AB, 1984-87, Scheme 2
  • F-104G, 22+91, 7174, JaboG 34, Memmingen AB, 1984-97, Scheme 2
  • F-104G, 21+64, 7033, JaboG 34, Memmingen AB, 1984-87, Scheme 1
  • F-104G, 25+23, 8298, JaboG 34, Memmingen AB, 1984-87, Scheme 1
  • F-104G, 26+60, MFG 2, Eggebek AB, 1985

The decals provide a nice set of airframe stencils which are printed by Cartograf.

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