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| I want to make the jet plane this time because I had completed
the WWII plane last time. I chose F-104C Starfighter. The long and slender
body looks difficult to complete.
| I wonder what procedure should I make, but for the beginning
I assembled the fuel tanks, main wings, and cockpits.
| The cockpit is like this one. After I searched the photographs of the cockpit panel on the Internet, I pasted the decal and painted the seat belt, etc. I added the color on the panel a little in red and yellow accent.
| Sticking the right and left of a large airframe together.
After drying the parts, I found the gap and amend it with the patty.
| I completed the assemble rough shape. I smoothen the whole
surface with about the #1500 sandpaper this time because the surface treatment
was not so good in P-47 assembling before and painting was not so good.
| It is a sliced masking tape and the masking of the canopy
as this photo.
| All the assembly process completed. Because this airframe
is the overall silver painting, I have assembled the tire. I lost one or
two small parts, but don't care to continue painting. Because neither the
bomb nor the missile have been attached to this kit, it is quite simple.
I noticed there was not a pilot either.
| It is a silver paint finishing though the picture is not bright
enough. What should I do with the jet plane painting about holding it?
In case of tanks, I always fixed it on the stand and holding it by hand
and easily blowing. I used chopsticks to hold this plane to insert the
end of them in the jet engine exhaust opening. But it is unstable and not
easy to paint airplane. It is necessary to improve next time.
| I was surprised in the next morning after painting last night and being seen the next day. When I confirmed the surface after dried the kit, there were an innumerable typing out pin marks on the wing upper surface!!! Are there usually pin marks on the upper surface?@Did I mistake to joint the top and bottom of the main wing parts?@Anyway, I amended with the putty and tries to paint again. The mistake stands out after I painted silver if I finish up the surface has not been cleared. The high quality surface finishing is difficult for me even though its basic skill for the airplane modeler.
| I noticed it after all that the wing upper surface should
be white and lower surface light gray. I need to do masking again. A lighter
color was better though I had painted the tail with black iron. Because
the black airframe and a number of the decal is the same color, it is not
visible clearly. This black area was brush painted but the surface
didn't smooth. I should have blown it with airbrush even if it takes much
time for masking.