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F-104 Starfighter #6
NF-104A, JF-104A & F104A



Cutting Edge Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

CED48-142 F-104 Starfighter #6  -  NF-104A, JF-104A & F104A

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Double-sided full colour letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
Price: USD$9.99 from Meteor Productions website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautifully printed; perfect register; standard markings including stars and bars are supplied
Disadvantages: Additional conversion parts required for the subjects
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Paul Gillan

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




Cutting Edge Modelworks sheet 48-142 features markings for four NF-104 aircraft with variations for two of the schemes, a single JF-104A and a F-104A. As with most Cutting Edge decals, the sheet is beautifully printed and in register.

NF-756, -760 and 762 were aircraft operated by the Aerospace Research Pilots School. These aircraft had an LR-121/AR-2 Rocket Engine fitted under a ‘G’ model tail. The engine was used to propel –104 pilots to an astonishing 103000 feet at speeds of up to Mach 1.9.

NF-756 and -760 are natural (polished) metal overall with grey and white wings. The aircraft feature standard USAF –104 insignia with ‘Air Force System Command’ and ‘Aerospace Research Pilots School’ Shields. NF-756 has an alternate marking scheme.

NF-762 was crashed by Chuck Yeager on 10 December 1963. This aircraft has two alternate sets of markings, one with a yellow spine and wingtips and a green chromate avionics bay panel and the variation for the markings the aircraft was wearing when it crashed.

To build an NF-104 you will require the Cutting Edge cockpit super detail set CEC48263 and CEC48264 NF-104 conversion which contains new wings, rocket motor and vertical tail, extended shock cones and the long pitot probe.

JF-104A ‘FG-961’ is a NASA operated aircraft. With Day-Glo tail, nose and wing tips, black on Yellow ‘NASA’ fin stripe and a OD green glare shield these markings will make a very attractive kit. Again, the JF-104 conversion CEC48268 will be required to build a model of this aircraft.

60769 is an 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron aircraft that was based at Hamilton AFB California in 1958. This aircraft is natural metal overall with white wings and features standard USAF markings of the period. A different marking is supplied for each side of the fin. On the right hand side there is the Air Defence Command shield and the left there is the 83rds unit emblem. There is also “Wailing Lady” nose art for the left hand side of the aircraft.

One set of standard aircraft markings are provided including stars and bars.

Highly Recommended.


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Review Copyright © 2003 by Paul Gillan
This Page Created on 13 January, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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