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TF-104G Starfighter

Kinetic 1/48 TF-104G Starfighter Build Review

By Fotios Rouch

Date of Review January 2021 Manufacturer Kinetic
Subject TF-104G Starfighter Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48089 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros See text Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $39.99

Build Review

For an inbox review of this model look here.

This a box full of sprues and sadly you will be able to build only a single seat or two seat variant and be left with a perfectly good fuselage and no wings for it. The kit is very nicely done and built very nicely for the most part.

The fit was very precise, and I did not have to use any filler at all.

I used only parts included in the kit and no aftermarket.

The relief detail on the instrument panels and consoles was great for a plastic kit. With careful painting they looked very credible to my eyes.

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The only area that I found a bit troublesome with assembly was the canopy internal tubing and details.

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The only area that I improved a bit was the inside intake trunking, since it had visible ejector marks. It is doubtful that it would be visible as the intake cavity is pretty narrow, but I fixed it anyway.

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For painting the model, I will use Xtracolor RAL6014 Gelboliv X251, RAL7012 Basaltgrau X254 and RAL2005 Leuchtorange X253. I do not have the RAL 9006 Aluminium Xtracolor paint, but I have an equivalent.

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The Xtracolor paints went down smooth and glossy as usual. One reason I like them so much is that there is no need for another layer of a gloss coat prior to applying the decals. The decals went down extremely well and with a touch of Mr Decal Softener they went into every panel line. It is very likely that no softener was needed since these are Cartograph decals and the quality is superb.

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Once the decals were done and dry, the model was cleaned up and a final coat of semigloss varnish was applied. I left the model alone without any weathering since these planes were fairly well taken care of.

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This was a great model to build with great fit and great surface detail. The many left over spare sprues were saved and added to my other Luftwaffe single seater boxing for a later time. I am still keeping all my Hasegawa Starfighters which I think are still pretty great even if they have heavy riveted wings.

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