Italerie F-104G BAF
I was a bit disappointed with this kit. The overal look and feel is good. But a lot of details en paneling are on the soft side and not consistent in with and depth. IMO it's to expensive for what you get.
The decal options on the other side are excellent with a lot of variation.
Let me say, the Aires pit is a beauty but doesn't fit at all. A lot of dry fitting and trimming is required to get it in there. Not impossible but a lot of work an a lot of things can go wrong. I got it in there but had to make some compromises along the way.
But that's what modelling is all about IMO.
It has been a difficult process, but i finally got some paint on the beast.
Oh yes, it looks fantastic! Sorry to hear that the kit isnt as good as it seems, but yours looks so good, so I am eager to see more of it!
Super job on the cockpit and the camo! 👍👍👍
Really nice work ! 🙂
Fantastic paintjob! 👍
and that's the least one can say... very nice job so far
Thx guys. The next big step are the decals. And there are a lot of them. Not really looking forward to this part to be honest.
you can only do one at a time, and eventually, it will go faster then you think...
Very tasty - also like the cockpit and great finish
What can I say? Awesome job.
Awesome I can almost hear them flying again
Great job Eric!
Looking good so far!
After putting some future on it, it's decal time.
nice paintjob, good luck with the stencilling..
Another great build Eric.
Hey Eric, do you have the same problems with the panellines on the spine? Right side is crisp but left side is washed out?
Nice build and a lovely camo!
great job, count me in. Cheers Stefan
Holger, in my opinion the whole kit has problematic panel lines. But the ones on the spine are the worst. In my kit there wasn't a big difference between the left and right side. I had to put super glue all over the spine so i could rescribe all those panels. Not my favorite part, but a necessary one.
Eric, i had to rescribe the spine too and some eduard pe helped me to camouflage it... Its not a bad kit at all but a bit expensive, though. And the pe from the kit is more a chunk of steel😢
I bought the Eduard PE set for mine,after looking at the kit supplied PE which did not impress me much. I also gave up and bought a resin seat and wheels. Now if I ever build the darn thing. LOL.
Yours is looking awesome Eric,as is Holger's.
Thanks a lot Cliffy!🙂
Great job so far Eric 👍
The decals are on. Took me the whole weekend to put them on. Next step is putting on a flat coat. Pics to follow.
I also bought resin wheels from Eduard which are much better than the kit wheels.
In this day and age it is a mystery to me why a big company like Italerie can't produce consistent panel lines. For me this kit is way overpriced. And this put me of from buying their new Mirage kit. Which is sad because the online reviews are mostly positive. But so were the Starfighter reviews. And when i got my kit i was really disappointing. So no Mirage for me i'm sad to say.
But to ease my pain i read last week that Kitty Hawk is coming out with a 1/32 Jaguar, whoohoo.
I totally agree with you Eric, how is it soimetimes possible that companies can mess up a new tooling and prices are rising like crazy. f.e. Sunday morning i was in Tienen on an event and i saw Kinetics Su-33, wich i adore, but at 75€, its all plastic no resin, no PE. That is a little pricy.
But the way; didyou use the kits decals or DACO's?
I used the DACO decals. Had some problems with them. Probably my own fault. But in the end it all worked out. I will find out after putting on the flat coat and washes if i resolved all the issues.
I wanna know it too
Okay, put on the flat coat and it doesn't look that bad. Still some flaws. But i can live with it. Temporarily installed the wingtip tanks with some blue-tac. And i put a wash on the wingtip taks to see how it would look. The white sheen you see on some pics is some residue from the flat coat which will disappear when i put on a wash. Still a lot of weathering ahead. So stay tuned.
what do you use for your flat coat
ziet er echt knap uit eric !
Tamia acryl FX-86 flat clear
Mercikes Jurgen. Zie ik u de 1ste mei in Helchteren??
Ok, begrepen, ben blijkbaar niet de enige die problemen heeft met Tamiya Flat. Ik denk als je een laag iets te dik legt dan gaat die witte waas er niet snel genoeg uit. Ik gebruik altijd de flat van Vallejo.
Ok, i understand, i'm glad i'm not the only one with problems with Tamiya flat, i think that when you spray your coat a little to heavy the white 'steam' effect can't disapear and then you get white spots. I always use Vallejo Model Air flat
Ik ben eigenlijk zeer tevreden met Tamiya flat. De witte waas is vooral zichtbaar op foto's. In het echt is het bijna niet te zien. En eens de wash aangebracht en de verdere weathering is er niets meer van te zien.
Sorry to hear that the kit has many weak points...anyway, your Starfighter will come out as a real masterpiece, I really like it!
Very good job !
Je kan ens proberen met ne 1500 of 2000 van dieplekjes te polishen
Amai Eric, prachtige kist geworden!
alleen spijtig van die 23,LOL
Very nice camo pattern, well done!
zeker eric,ben zeker van de partij 🙂
Good stuff, Excellent camo work.
Yesterday a fellow scalemate pointed out to me that i made a mistake with some decals. And sure enough he was right. Apparently i switched the lion emblem (badge of Kleine Brogel air-base) on the tail. When you look at some previous pics you can see the mistake. The lion should fase forward. He was also kind enough to give a link to some very helpful pics of the real thing. Looking at those pics i also noticed that i put the Belgian flag on wrong on the right side of the tail. Although i technically wasn't wrong, but on the right side the flag is intentionally turned around so that on both sides the black part faces forward. Luckily i had some spare decals because i used the Daco sheet. And was abel to correct my mistake. Just need to clean the tail up a bit and put on a new coat of flat over the new decals. So thank you very much Guido for pointing this out to me.
Today i began constructing the Aires bang seat. Lovely seat but i do hate the fiddling around with the photo-etch. In the end it all worked out. After i put on some basic painting i can conform the seat-belts to the seat. Not looking forward to that part too because with my luck some will probably snap of while trying to bent them. A well, that's modeling i guess.
To be continued.
Yes Eric, normally the nation flags always point with the imaginary flagpole to the front of the aircraft, some one pointed that out to me also om my 1/144 747 Pan Am. But it occures sometimes that when your airliner lets its aircraft repaint by idi.... There were some with the flags wrong.
I should build more Belgian aircraft. Can you believe this will be my first kit with Belgian emblems i will finish in 35 years of modelling? Being from Belgium is guess i'm not that patriotic. Although i'm an NCO in the Belgian army. Go figure.
Don't worry Eric, i haven't built an aircraft of my company either.
Small update. Finished the seat and installed it. The end is nearing.
It is looking excellent.
So i'ts finished. Better pics will be posted in a couple of days.
I entered this model in the Modelforce 16 contest this sunday.
Now... what will i build next?? The Tamiya F-15C or the Zoukai-Mura Skyraider?? Or maybe Trumpeters A-6A intruder?? So many kits, so little time.
Very nice build 👍
knap eric,zal hem zondag is goed bekijken 🙂
She's very nice Eric, good job.
Nice work Eric. Can't wait to see it!
Great result Eric! Remarable paintjob though!
I would like to see a A-6 arising from your bench!👍
Finally got around taking some better pics now that it is finished. So on to the next project.
Perfect, the final result was worth your efforts!
Beautiful Starfighter Eric 👍
Beautiful build and paint job of a beautiful jet.
Great job, I like it a lot.
Great job so nice
really great result. i really like it and the cockpit is astonishing. it is a pity that Aires make such a good quality details, but the fit seems to be always a problem. you need to sand and adjust so much that they take for ever to fit properly....
WOW! What a stunner! That ejection seat is a masterpiece itself.
Great work on a stunning subject.
👍 👍 👍 I think I already saw my favorite build of 2017!!!
luckily it was from 2016 😉, but it is a real beauty
You made a jewel ! Beautiful. Congrats
Hi Eric - Amazing 104..! My jaw is thoroughly dropped. Detail, paint finish and weathering are all remarkably nice.