Italeri 1/32 F-104G or as I like to say..The F-104 “Bat outta…well you get the point.

For some reason the song from Meat Loaf pops in my head when I see one of these and I don’t know why! Well, here it is in all it’s glory. I really hope the AFV kit is better….not sure it can be worse. Do you all remember the Revell 32nd scale kits from the 60s? You know, the 109F sometimes G, F4U-?, P-51B ish? Yes those kits that had some detail in the cockpit and you even got an engine!!! Really cool…BACK THEN! Well this kit is just like those, except it’s just a wee bit more expensive. This thing retails for a mere $170 and really should be priced around the $70 range but what are ya gonna do. As I said you get a decent looking engineEngine on stand along with a boarding ladder, engine stand and tail stand.Engine stand, boarding ladder, tail stand These are all nice but maybe they should have put more effort into the actual aircraft instead? Don’t get me wrong, the kit builds up easily, the fit is pretty good and it looks like an F-104G, but at this price I expect a little better molding and more accuracy.(I know, I know…rivet counter!) The decal sheets are stunning as you are given options for 10 different schemes. One of the first things I noticed was the panel lines on one side of the fuselage are softer than the other side. The photo etch for the cockpit is pretty much worthless and I didn’t even bother to use it. As for the cockpit…well…you get one.(Lets just leave it at that) You are given two styles of exhaust nozzles and one is in the closed position(not many on the ground are positioned like this), and both are soft on detail.104 front 104 Left side 104 Right side

You do get a lot of ordnance and the external fuel tanks, something my 1/48 Hasegawa kit lacked. I used Tamiya, Model Master and Alclad to finish this(alclad dull Aluminum is the bottom color, REALLY nice stuff!) Is this kit better than the 32nd Hasegawa kit? I’d say at this price, NO. If I sound a bit harsh, it’s because I like the 104. It just looks really cool and since watching one scream over my head(roughly 40-60 ft) back in 87 I have developed a fondness for this rocket…I mean plane.104 top 104 Bottom view 104 Rear viewI was a bit harsh in my conclusion for the review and IPMS edited it. Here is the original version…Conclusion: This is the part I was not looking forward to. This kit goes together pretty well and looks like an F-104G but for the price I’m not sure I can recommend it. If you just want a basic kit that looks like a 104 You can find the Hasegawa kit at less than half the price of this one. If you are really into accuracy and want to detail it up…again the Hasegawa kit is the one to start with. You need aftermarket sets to help up but you’re going to need those for the Italeri kit also and the cheapest I have found this kit is on sale for $115 while the Hasegawa kit can be had for under $60. It’s up to you, the reader, if you want to spend that kind of money.104 left rear 104 right rear 104 nose

Well I hope you liked it and like I said it looks like a F-104 and the cammo scheme is just freekin awesome but I advise you to wait till the AFV kit come out before spending money on this.

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  1. Bill says:

    It sure looks nice. You did the best with what you had to work with. I don’t disagree with your final conclusion. A high price doesn’t always mean high quality.

    I once saw an F-104 flying in then West Germany in the early 1980s. First it was on the left side of the bus. Then it was overhead. Lastly, it was on the right side and gone. The entire sighting lasted about as long as it took one to read the three sentences!

    Another fact about the F-104, the leading edge of the wing was SHARP as a knife! The ground crews had to put a padded cover over the leading edge for safety. I have heard stories about people leaning back on the leading edge without a cover turning quickly and slicing the butt open very badly! OUCH!

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