Frank's Collection Of Scale Model Aircraft
Hasegawa 1/48 F104C/G Starfighter Cockpit Project
This Cockpit has been a very frustrating experience. In the F-104 the pit is a tight "wrap-around" fit to the pilot. Thus at 1/48 scale it is very small. See the pic below with the "dime" reference. As I was building a "C" Starfighter" version, it started out as a "Black Box" - #48028 add on. I was unable to achieve the level of detail desired with that version. Thus I switched to a "Cutting Edge" CEC48251 which is for the "G" version. Augmenting that is an Eduard Color Photo Etched C/J 49222 set from which the upper Instrument panel is constructed as well as part of the lower IP. The other 2/3 of the lower IP is from the CE set.
I'm not satisfied with these results, and some corrections will be made to this pit after viewing these "Proof" photographs prior to installing in in the fuse. This pit work took place during the summer of 2005.
Now I have resurrected the Black Box Cockpit, soaked the tub in Alcohol to remove as much of the previous paint as possible.
The finished Black Box Cockpit. In the BB pit, the IP is attached to the coaming rather than to the tub as in the Cutting Edge Pit. The coaming here is resting on a piece of "Blue Tac" for these pics!
Left side panel Right Side Panel
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