F-104C STARFIGHTER U.S.A.F. (HASEGAWA)
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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 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.
It is not easy to paint unstably though I puts splittable wooden chopsticks
in the jet entrance 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 see 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 patty and tries to paint again. The mistake stands out after I painted silver if the finish up the surface has not been clearly. The high quality surface finishing is difficult for me even though it's 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 number of the decal is the same color, it is not visible clearly.
This black was brush painted but the surface didn't smooth. I should have
blow it with airbrush even if it takes much time for masking.