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Title: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: FAR148 on January 15, 2012, 08:19:19 am
So one day, I was borrowing through the older post in the Aircraft, Armor and Ships by Topics board. Started looking through the F-104 tread and came across this beauty by Greg AKA GTX.

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e68/GTwiner/RF104.jpg)

As soon as I saw it, the gears started spinning. Hasagawa makes a 104 but how to make the recon nose? I thought maybe use the nose from AFV's RF-5 but I did not want to but a new kit (a pretty nice one at that) just to use the nose. I toyed with different ideas for about a week and almost got the AFV RF-5 kit. Was playing around in photoshop one night and it came to me. Use the kits nose and just cut the damn thing. Here's a line drawing of what I want my RF-104 to look like.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104starfighter.jpg)
 
The build is going to be the easy part but the paint job.... will be based on Richard AKA Gekko_1 awesome profile.  :wub:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/F-104ASArmycamsss.jpg)

I'll be use using Hasagawa's F-104C kit for this build.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_1.jpg)

Here a pics of the color test done on an A-10 tail  :wub: I think I can darken the tan just alittle.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_2.jpg)

The resin seat is from CMK and I started to paint the instrument panel.
 
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_3.jpg)

Since this is a photo recon bird, that means the gun got to go.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_4.jpg)

With my Dremel I remove just the gun and the bulge behind it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_5.jpg)

Now I need to add a stripe of styrene to support the putty thats going to fill the hole. I got to be careful where to place it. It can not block the placement of the cockpit tub and it can not prevent the nose gear bay from fitting properly.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_6.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_7.jpg)

No gun, means no gun vents. The areas outline in red needs to be filled.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_10.jpg)

I then careful masked off each area and using my favorite putty(Super glue & baby powder), I filled all the vents.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_11.jpg)

Here's the new fuselage halve and the no vent nose tub.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_8.jpg)

Using tamiya flat black as a spot primer, not too bad.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_9.jpg)

I also got her wings on and again shoot a little flat black to check the surface quality. Got to rescribe a few panel lines on her spine but thats easy.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_12.jpg)

Now, Back to my Canadian Air Force F-4 Phantom FGR.4 (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,34276.0.html)
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: MilitaryAircraft101 on January 15, 2012, 12:02:07 pm
You're bloody crazy! If this is half as good as that Hunter it deserves a gold medal,  :bow: sitting tight on this one  :cheers:  :thumbsup:
This is gonna be AWESOME  ;D
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Captain Canada on January 15, 2012, 12:26:44 pm
Great job so far. Your attention to detail is impressive !

 :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: bearmatt on January 16, 2012, 01:11:07 am
"Double Trouble"?  ;)

F-4 & F-104 at the same time?!

Nice !  :party:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Firefox on January 16, 2012, 01:31:51 am
Looks really great!  :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on January 16, 2012, 07:13:43 am
Impressive
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on January 16, 2012, 02:40:19 pm
Thanks guys :thumbsup:

 
F-4 & F-104 at the same time?!

Well not at the same time. I work on one for alittle, take a few pics, post an update then do the same for the other. It's funny now I'm back on the F-4, I keep looking at her wanting to keep going.

Until later,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Sauragnmon on January 23, 2012, 04:36:21 am
Another one to pull up a seat for... a true Master at work.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: AeroplaneDriver on January 23, 2012, 08:41:47 am
Beautiful work!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on January 30, 2012, 06:48:15 pm
Thanks guys  :thumbsup:
It maybe a week or so before the next update, back to long hours at work.

Until later,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on April 07, 2012, 08:45:23 am
Like my CAF F-4, it's been a while since I last posted anything about my RAAF Starfighter. The only work I have done to her is, I managed to get her intakes on and did some panel line rescribing. Wing tanks and tail are not glued.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/lewis148/IMG_1614.jpg)


Until later,
Steven L   :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: McColm on April 07, 2012, 09:18:16 am
Wow!!
That's got me thinking about the Airfix 1/48 RB-57.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: nebnoswal on April 09, 2012, 01:43:17 am
That looks impressive already, even without the paint.  Great work
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Captain Canada on April 09, 2012, 08:11:28 am
What he said !

If you slapped some Italian markings she's look just like one of those dirty old birds right before their retirement party.

Great modelling there, for sure.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on April 21, 2012, 09:30:39 am
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:
Here's another small update.
I got my girl a nose job! I cut the nose off and have been slowly sanding it to shape. I somehow manage to scribe a new panel line around it. Still needs a little more work.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/Apr21_RF104update_1.jpg)

I also have been working on her tanks. After sanding and rescribing lines, I felt that the tips of the tanks looked too round and slow. So, I drilled them out and super glued a small nail into them. Now just got to sand them to a faster and more pointed shape.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/Apr21_RF104update_2.jpg)

Still more to come,
Steven L  :party:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on April 22, 2012, 02:08:44 am
What he said !

If you slapped some Italian markings she's look just like one of those dirty old birds right before their retirement party.

Great modelling there, for sure.

 :cheers:

My thoughts exactly Capt  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on April 25, 2012, 10:25:06 am
Another little update.
I got the new tips on the wing tanks done.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_14.jpg)

I also finished reshaping the nose and got her new pitot tube fitted.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_15.jpg)

I got looking at the lower fin and I know that the RAAF RF-104's has a faster angle on them.  ;D Note: I remove the locating tab on the lower fin.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_16.jpg)

I filled the slot where the lower fin goes with super glue and baby podwer due to I was not happy the fit. (gap on both sides of fin) After sanding slot smooth, will glue fin down. You can see my two sharpie marks to help relocate the fin.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_17.jpg)

Here you can see the corrected fin installed. I brushed on some Tamiya flat black as spot putty to fill in the small imperfections.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_18.jpg)

Now it's time to map out the camo pattern! :blink: :unsure: :angry: :banghead:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_13.jpg)

Until later,
Steven L  :party:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2012, 03:25:25 am
Amazing workmanship
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: bearmatt on April 26, 2012, 04:02:11 am
Always a pleasure!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on April 26, 2012, 03:51:52 pm
Thanks Guy! :thumbsup:
Well after a few days but I did manage to map out the camo pattern. Working with only one side made things tricky. But after studying the pattern I have come to this conclusion. The tan only touches the black, the green also only touches the black but the black touches both. Now all I have to do is to map out the right side and the whole underside based on that logic. :blink: 
Gekko_1 awesome profile
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Gekko_1/F-104ASArmycamsss.jpg)

So with a pencil and a very fat eraser, I started with what is known, the left side. To help me remember what's what, I marked the different areas T for Tan, G for Green and B for Black.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_19.jpg)

Next the right side.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_20.jpg)

The hardest part was the bottom. Tying it all together. Still got a bit of work to get the main gear door smooth. And still got to map out the underside of the tail.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_21.jpg)

Hopefully paint will start this weekend!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_22.jpg)


Still more to come,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: jorel62 on April 26, 2012, 03:54:43 pm
Sweet Work......
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: pyro-manic on April 26, 2012, 03:59:43 pm
Good stuff (and that's coming from a 104-hater)!

Re. the paint, I would have done a two-tone green/tan, then added the black afterwards as it splits the two up?
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Old Wombat on April 26, 2012, 09:24:52 pm
This is looking awesome! ;D
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: McColm on April 26, 2012, 11:37:41 pm
Wow!!
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: nebnoswal on April 27, 2012, 03:27:06 am
This is amazing, and its not even painted yet  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on April 28, 2012, 04:17:28 pm
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:

TA-DA!!!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104teaser.jpg)

Was really worried about this paintjob this morning when I started but now I'm pretty stoked! The tan color is not as dark as Richard's profile but I can live with it. And still got some overspray of each color to fix.

Until later,
Steven L  :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Nils on April 29, 2012, 01:00:37 am
 :o wow, that paintjob looks amazing, nice work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Scooterman on April 29, 2012, 06:23:00 pm
The Man said TA-DA!!
 ;D
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: kerick on April 29, 2012, 06:46:38 pm
I looked at the test shot for the camo scheme on the A-10 fin and thought "What a perfect idea!"  An A-10 in that pattern would look awesome! 
This RF-104 is brilliant!  Love the look ;D
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: bearmatt on April 29, 2012, 11:44:11 pm
Hmmmm....Could nominate it for the whiffies.... :wub: :thumbsup:
It's already a beauty.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Thorvic on April 30, 2012, 12:25:49 am
Looks superb and i take it that you sprayed it freehand !!! :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on April 30, 2012, 05:26:39 pm
Thanks Guys  :thumbsup:

Quote
I take it that you sprayed it freehand

Yeah, all freehand and no masking. The trick is to properly thin your paint. I used Model Masters Enamel FS34097 Field green, US Army/Marines sand and Testor plain jane flat black(1149). I thinned each with Testor Enamel thinner/brush cleaner. My paint to thinner ratio is about 75% paint to 25% thinner plus or minus 10%( the black was way thinner than the others). It's a bit of trail and error, spray>thin>spray>add more paint or thin> spray...... When properly thinned, the paint should super smooth. Not too dry and not too wet. Anywho... the major paint work is done. Just need to paint the details, nose cone, intakes, wheel bay.....

Note... I'm using an Iwata Eclipe airbrush and Iwata Power jet lite compressor  :thumbsup:

Until later,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on May 02, 2012, 04:57:07 pm
Fresh out of the paint booth.... went back and forth a few times on all the colors. Still got a little overspray to fix but she's starting to look pretty sexy.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_23.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_24.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/RF-104_25.jpg)

Time to preshade my Canadian Phantom FGR.4
Steven L  :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Ed S on May 02, 2012, 05:35:25 pm
Nice looking finish. This should be a real beauty when you get it finished.

Ed
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2012, 07:34:45 am
She's looking really good
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: kerick on May 03, 2012, 07:44:31 am
I will keep this camo scheme in my list of ideas for future builds.  I really like the color combo.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: KiwiZac on May 20, 2012, 11:03:46 pm
Superb work on that camo! A recce Starfighter seems a good fit for the RAAF, I look forward to seeing it all finished :-)
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on July 08, 2012, 01:34:17 pm
Thanks guys for your kind words :thumbsup: Project is on hold, it's summertime/airshow season.


Thanks again,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on October 23, 2012, 02:06:13 pm
Well now that summertime/airshow season is over, it's back to my hobby room. She got her gloss coat today. Here she is after a few coats of Future.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/glossygirl.jpg)

She will dry for a few days before I wash her panel lines.


Until later,
Steven   :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: chrisonord on October 23, 2012, 04:52:56 pm
Very nice looking bird Steven, it certainly suits the camo and recon nose job for sure. It could be a current service aircraft for sure as I am sure there are still airworthy airframes out there that could be converted to this role  :cheers:
Chris
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: buzzbomb on October 24, 2012, 04:50:15 pm
Whizzo job on this.. nice all around with the camo being a highlight :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on November 03, 2012, 08:06:17 am
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:

Now that her gloss coat is dry and nice & hard, I washed her panel lines. Next, another gloss coat to seal the wash and for decals.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/IMG_0237.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/IMG_0235.jpg)

Until later,
Steven L   :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Old Wombat on November 04, 2012, 03:56:43 pm
Sweet! :thumbsup:

When I grow up I want to be able to build just like that! ;)

 :cheers:

Guy
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Cliffy B on November 04, 2012, 03:58:17 pm
So shiny and so awesome!!!!  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: bearmatt on November 05, 2012, 01:02:06 am
What a level of quality!  :blink: :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on November 11, 2012, 11:52:16 am
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:
Here's a small weekend update. Did some work on her nose. Got her pitot tube painted as well as her camera opening painted(MM Chrome Silver). I use some leftover paint mask from my CAF F-4.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/IMG_0274.jpg)

Until later,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2012, 02:17:10 am
That pitot is the dogs danglies  :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on November 13, 2012, 03:27:37 pm
Looking superb. :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on November 16, 2012, 05:25:15 pm
Thanks Guys  :thumbsup:

Anyone know where I could find some 1/48 scale Australian Army aviation Roundels? It's just the kangaroo, no circle around it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/roo.png)

Steven L   :party:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 17, 2012, 05:46:35 am

Anyone know where I could find some 1/48 scale Australian Army aviation Roundels? It's just the kangaroo, no circle around it.


From that artwork home-making the decals should be pretty straightforward, so long as they're not in white or another very light colour.

I could do some for you but I'm 3500 miles away, and I'm sure someone in the US has the technology too.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Gondor on November 18, 2012, 10:47:31 pm
If the Roo's are to e black or Green you could try looking at Military decals.
Gondor
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on November 19, 2012, 04:30:50 pm
Quote
From that artwork home-making the decals should be pretty straightforward, so long as they're not in white or another very light colour.

Yeah I know, just being lazy. I made some up and are ready to be put on after I added a few more details.


Steven L  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on November 24, 2012, 10:39:58 am
OK, my homemade decals SUCKS! :banghead: So, again does anyone know where I could find some 1/48 scale Australian Army aviation Roundels? It's just the kangaroo, no circle around it.

Steven L :unsure:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Old Wombat on November 24, 2012, 12:50:44 pm
Try here, dude!

http://www.redroomodels.com/decals.php?decal=11 (http://www.redroomodels.com/decals.php?decal=11)
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on November 24, 2012, 01:34:46 pm
Try here, dude!

http://www.redroomodels.com/decals.php?decal=11 (http://www.redroomodels.com/decals.php?decal=11)

THANK YOU!!!!  :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Daryl J. on November 24, 2012, 02:22:13 pm
It's a blast to see one of this skill level in the What-if World.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on November 25, 2012, 01:54:59 am
It's a blast to see one of this skill level in the What-if World.   :thumbsup:

Totally agree with you plus wiffery requires imagination and perhaps sometimes even a small soupson of bravery ? Maybe the small child inside most adult males is just a little taller in we wiffers ?  ;D
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Old Wombat on November 27, 2012, 12:50:06 am
Try here, dude!

http://www.redroomodels.com/decals.php?decal=11 (http://www.redroomodels.com/decals.php?decal=11)

THANK YOU!!!!  :bow:

My pleasure! Always nice to know you helped a genius achieve their goal. ;D

 :cheers:

Guy.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on December 21, 2012, 01:06:54 pm
Thanks guys :thumbsup:

Need more help, I totally bitched up her canopy and need a new one. :banghead:

Any help would be most appreciated,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: NARSES2 on December 22, 2012, 01:54:43 am
I'm sure I've got one from the Italeri kit. Problem is it's in a box of modern canopies and I've no idea which one it is  :banghead:

If you havn't had an offer post Xmas I'll compare them to plans and see if my memory is right

Edit - Booger I thought it was 1/72, whence my remarks re canopy, sorry about that. Just ignore me
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Dork the kit slayer on December 22, 2012, 04:32:19 am
Much Kudos thats a really nice build and finish.

An aside; If someone wanted to do it in 72nd I bet the recce nose of the old Mirage V kit would fit the bill
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on December 24, 2012, 12:48:39 pm
Thanks guys :thumbsup:
I'm going to try to get her done before the new year. I'm going to finish her with the bitched up canopy and replace it when I can.


Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 25, 2012, 02:21:22 am
Kept away from commenting for as long as I could.... but can't hold-back anymore. Simply outstanding work, and so inspirational.

Ian
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on December 27, 2012, 03:29:23 pm
She's Done! And she only took 346 days(49 weeks or 8304 hours) Had a little photo shoot with her and her Canadain counsin (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,34276.90.html) today. The build was pretty much straightforward other then removing the gun and vents. In the next few days I'll put together a list later of all the things I did to her. Enough talking, here's my RAAF RF-104.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img94/7388/raaff1042.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img835/4922/raaff1043.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img4/723/raaff1044.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img834/706/raaff1045.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img21/2286/raaff1046.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img6/7079/raaff1047.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img546/9555/raaff1048.jpg)
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104
Post by: FAR148 on December 27, 2012, 03:31:30 pm
(http://imageshack.us/a/img594/5512/raaff1049.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img594/81/raaff10410.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img248/9599/raaff10411.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img811/5595/raaff10412.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img59/1750/raaff10413.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img341/6362/raaff10414.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img594/4281/raaff10415.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img341/9324/raaff10416.jpg)

Until next time,
Steven L  :drink:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Ian the Kiwi Herder on December 27, 2012, 06:19:57 pm
D*mn, you good !!  :thumbsup:

Ian
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: rickshaw on December 27, 2012, 07:18:15 pm
I echo that conclusion!  It's beautifully  finished.  :thumbsup:

There's that dude with the cool looking sunglasses again.  He does get around a bit!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Scooterman on December 27, 2012, 07:23:50 pm
BRAVO SIR!  BRAVO!
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: comrade harps on December 27, 2012, 11:08:40 pm
A thing of beauty!  :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 28, 2012, 03:15:51 am
So what's wrong with the canopy? Looks perfect to me, just like the rest of the model!  :thumbsup: :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: FAR148 on December 28, 2012, 05:30:48 pm
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:

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So what's wrong with the canopy?

So the Hasagawa kit has no parts for the defogger system that goes around the canopy and I wanted to add some detail to the canopy. After doing alittle research, I figured I could make my own out of some styrene rod. So I wrap a small piece of rod around the handle of my X-acto so that it would form a curve, making it easier to glue into place. As we all know superglue and clear parts is the fun part of model building. :lol:  My idea was to tape off just where I want to glue the part to, place the part and tick it with superglue. Well, I did and it worked but... I got impatience and wanted to speed things up....Let add some kicker! :drink: So to anyone who does not know, when you add kicker(or accelerator) to superglue it causes superglue to get runny then cures really fast. Some of this superglue and accelerator mix got behind my tape and frosted part of the canopy. I tried to sand and polish it out but... :banghead: It being on the inside of the canopy it was easier said than done. I manage to get most of it out but... I dipped it in future a few times. It helped but there is still a small band of frost right by my lame defogger. I sent Hasagawa an email about ordering a new one and replied back with ok but it's going take 4 to 8 weeks. Until her new one shows up, it's going to have to do.  

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v61/far148/bitchedup.jpg)

Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: scooter on December 28, 2012, 05:43:14 pm
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:

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So what's wrong with the canopy?
I got impatience and wanted to speed things up....Let add some kicker! :drink: So to anyone who does not know, when you add kicker(or accelerator) to superglue it causes superglue to get runny then cures really fast. Some of this superglue and accelerator mix got behind my tape and frosted part of the canopy...It helped but there is still a small band of frost right by my lame defogger.


Still looks good, and gives it a bit of realism, i.e. the long flight to Cold Lake for joint exercises...
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Captain Canada on December 29, 2012, 07:38:05 am
Nice ! Love the subtle markings and the paint job, excellent work. Funny how much the nose changes the look of the aeroplane, yet, at the same time, doesn't really change it at all !

Beauty.

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Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Old Wombat on December 30, 2012, 02:51:53 am
Totally awesome, man! :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: bearmatt on December 30, 2012, 03:13:40 pm
It's ART!  :party: :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: NARSES2 on December 31, 2012, 07:32:24 am
Fantastic modelling  :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Daryl J. on January 01, 2013, 02:00:48 pm
Would requesting the paints and mixtures used be acceptable?   
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: FAR148 on January 01, 2013, 02:14:45 pm
Thanks Guys :thumbsup: Glad you all like her too!

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Would requesting the paints and mixtures used be acceptable?

I used Model Masters Enamel FS34097 Field green, US Army/Marines sand and Testor plain jane flat black(1149).

Steven L  :party:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Daryl J. on January 01, 2013, 03:31:11 pm
Thank you.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: tanktastic43 on January 01, 2013, 04:13:27 pm
Great paint!

tt43.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Slerski on January 02, 2013, 01:11:07 pm
Top class work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: FAR148 on February 08, 2013, 11:41:41 am
Thanks Guys :thumbsup:

Here's the short list of things done to her.
-Kit used Hasagawa's F-104C
-resin seat is from CMK
-removed and filled 20mm cannon and vents
-Recon nose is the kits nose cone just reshaped
-tips of drop tanks are nails
-pitot tube from hobby decal
-reshaped the lower fin
-paint job based on Richard AKA Gekko_1 awesome profile
-paints used Model Masters Enamel FS34097 Field green, US Army/Marines sand and Testor flat black(1149)
-Future gloss coat for panel line wash
-panel lines wash in thinned Medea com art transparent black airbrush paint then sealed with future
-decals are from Red Roo Models
-intake covers from quick boost

Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Daryl J. on February 08, 2013, 02:09:10 pm
Nails he said.  That's the first thing that comes to mind when people begin discussing plastic model airplane accessories.  ;D :blink: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thank you for the list.  It along with the Swedish splinter painted Hawk by another modeler are my two favorite What-Ifs of all time.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Eddie M. on February 10, 2013, 08:33:11 am
Outstanding work and finish. Very well done!!
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Gekko_1 on February 10, 2013, 09:45:33 am
I came across this by accident! It's so nice to see my work inspiring others to take it and push it to the next level! :wub:

Good work my friend! :drink:

 :cheers:

Richard.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Daryl J. on December 26, 2013, 08:35:45 pm
One of my favorites.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Geoff on December 27, 2013, 03:58:47 am
Fantastic! Think of a superlative, and it applies.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: Hman on December 28, 2013, 03:01:05 am
 :party: love it  :bow:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: FAR148 on December 29, 2013, 08:17:31 am
Thanks guys  :thumbsup:

If you like her, check out my Royal Canadian Air Force F-4 Phantom FGR.4
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,34276.0.html 


Until next time,
Steven L  :cheers:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: comrade harps on January 24, 2014, 01:53:44 am
 :wub:
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: KiwiZac on March 08, 2014, 10:04:45 pm
BRILLIANT! The camo, the detailing, the perfectly-restrained weathering, the mods.... :wub: Beautiful work. And sitting next to the Phantom, so plausible.
Title: Re: RAAF RF-104 Finished!!!!
Post by: FAR148 on March 09, 2014, 01:23:42 pm
Thanks Guys  :thumbsup:

BTW... She's getting some company ;) http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38567.0.html



Steven L :cheers: