Saturday, April 27

Preview: 48th scale F-104A (Early) Backdate Set from Hypersonic Models

Hypersonic Models create excellent update sets & full model kits for your fast jet kits. Today we look at the very detailed new 1/48th scale F-104A (Early) backdate set for the Kinetic kit in our preview...

Preview: 48th scale F-104A (Early) Backdate Set from Hypersonic Models

F-104A (Early) Backdate Set (for Kinetic)
From Hypersonic Models
1/48th scale
Kit No #HMR 48060
3D printed grey resin, clear resin canopy & vinyl masks provided in the kit.
Price: ¥4500
Hypersonic Models new 1/48th scale set is designed to suit the Kinetic Model Early F-104A kits. They make some of the best model improvement sets around, so we though we would show you what is in the set in a preview...

The early F-104A kit from Kinetic that this set is designed for...
The set enables the modeller to build an early F-104A (or even YF-104) with downward firing C-1 ejection seat and all other necessary detail changes.

A simple diagram from the Airvectors site which shows you the differences between F-104 marques...
Most parts in the set are for the cockpit, next to the seat there is a new aft bulkhead and ejection rail unit. Here is the ejection seat from two different angles. You can see already the lack of any artifacts from 3D-printing here. Flawless.
Included is a new turtle deck front part and aft canopy brace as well as a different instrument panel, tree alternate coaming options plus stick and throttle.
The cockpit with the seat installed...
The canopy internal de-mister tubing is quite different from the latter variants and required making a new canopy centre part (machine cast resin).
Then there are fuselage parts such as a lower forward insert with different vents and shell ejector port, fuselage side stiffener plates and an engine bay vent panel.

This kit is now available for  ¥4500 (around $30 US) you can get this kit at the Product Link on the Hypersonic Models Website