Six sleek, tall models in sexy colorful dresses walk along the sidewalk, causing some guys turning their heads, eyes staring, jaws dropping …….
I WISH ….. !!!!!
let’s rephrase it…. Six F-104 models in colorful special markings…
blah… blah…. blah…. You know the rest…..
It’s the “Flying Babes” group build held in Jakarta, Indonesia on June-July 2003. Among the aircrafts present are these 6 F-104 Starfighters (all in 1/72) in various special markings scheme.
Photo 3: Canadian CF-104 Tiger Meet 73 – by Iwan Winarta Esci/Italeri kit with Modeldecal
Photo 4: Italian RF-104G “Strega” (The Witch) – by Iwan Winarta Esci/Italeri kit with Cutting Edge decal
Photo 5: Italian F-104S Tiger Meet 88 – by Iwan Winarta Esci/Italeri kit with Tauro decal
Photo 6: Italian F-104S “The Last Starfighter”, Tiger Meet 1996 – by Alex Sidharta Hasegawa kit with Cutting Edge decal
Above Photo: Italian F-104S with Cat & Mice on port side of the fuselage,
Photo 7: Canadian CF-104 Red Indian – by Alex Sidharta Esci kit with kit decal
A lot has been said in the ARC Gallery about these 2 kits so we will not go into details about construction, accuracy, etc. Let’s just say that both the Esci/Italeri and Hasegawa kits are enjoyable builds, though not “slap together” kits.
The Hasegawa one is still the best F-104 kit so far in 1/72, while the Esci kit, which has been reboxed by AMT, ERTL and recently by Italeri, was the best 1/72 F-104 before the Hasegawa and Revell/Monogram Starfighters were released, but still can hold its own sitting side-by-side its newer contenders.
Alexander Sidharta & Iwan Winarta
Article by Alexander Sidharta & Iwan Winarta
Photographs by Alexander Sidharta
Special thanks to Peter Nur Asan for lending his place for the gathering.
Photos and text © by Alexander Sidharta & Iwan Winarta