TSMC Lockheed F-104S ASA AMI livery

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by Nando, May 12, 2015.

  1. Nando

    Nando Designer Extraordinaire

    Some time ago i found the site of Tokyo Solid Model Club with a bunch of jet models at 1/72 scale.
    Between others I found the F-104 ASA of the AMI (Aeronautica Militare Italiana) and I downloaded it, planning to build it some day.
    After long time and after i completed my LM, I printed the model (only one page) and I started to build it, with the intention to build a model simple but beautiful.
    The model is beautiful but not so simple as I thought.


    The major difficulty was the lack of a structure inside that could give some rigidity and shape to the model, and at certain stage i realized that the rear part of the fuselage was awry. So i had to re-build the model. :confused::mad:


    I used some drop of cyanoacrylic glue for stiffen the landing gears and i doubled the wheels for make them more thick.


    The Sidewinder Missiles are a bit stubby at the tip. I tried to correct this with a drop of glue for simulate the glassy tip of the guidance system.


    The result is beyond my expectations, but next time i build a TSMC model I'd like to use the tabs but inside, cutting the given ones. This could give a surface smooth and continue, and a better fit, and a better strength of the parts.


    I think that, with the experience accumulated i'll build some other TSMC jet model, that with the perfect fit, the detailed graphic design and the beautiful rendering of the shape are very enjoyable models to build.

    Best, Nando :)
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  2. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    It came together well.
    Looks great!
  3. PaperAir

    PaperAir Active Member

    very nicely done
  4. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    Nando, great job! One of my favorite jets. I found that site quite a while ago. Never built any of their planes. You have validated their models as being fine. Great! :)
  5. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    Great build! Very nice! I like very much the subject, I've seen a lot of those F104 over my head as I live near Miramare airport that used to be a military base for them.
    I never built a 1:72 paper airplane... should have a try even if it doesn't seem a very easy task.
    I see in the page you linked that only some of the subject are directly downloadable and the F104 isn't between them. How did you obtain the model?
    (excuse me but my Japanese is very poor... :rolleyes: and Google translator is talking about strange things I don't understand :wacky:)
  6. Nando

    Nando Designer Extraordinaire

    Thanks DanBKing, Paper air and Zathros!

    Tonino, I downloaded the model in the past, when, by chance, it was available. But in the upper side of the page that i linked, there is a link to an email address.
    The policy of the site is to make available only the last model, but you can write an email asking for the model you want. I never used this option but you can try.
    Thanks to all.
    Best, Nando
  7. Nando

    Nando Designer Extraordinaire

    I sent an email to the Club and they soon and kindly answered to me sending the model I requested.

    "Hi Ferdinando,
    Thank you for visiting our website.
    I send paper models to you.
    Please enjoy them.
    You can request any model by an email.
    Thank you,
  8. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    It's one of those sites you have to visit. I am sure I've missed quite a few of those models. They are nice. A lot of those engines were grabbed my natural gas companies and put to use as pumps in very long tube networks. The engines are very hard to find. :)

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