WIP : Hasegawa 1/48 F-104J Starfighter Pt. 1 – Construction

Trying to get my building routine going again, I decided to tackle a 1/48 kit next. This will be an F-104J flown by the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force dressed in ‘Aggressor’ markings in the 1970s.

I got this kit used from an online seller and it came with a set of aftermarket resin wheel bays from CMK. I decided to not use them though.

Some parts also came assembled and painted. Quite nicely done I might add.

I completed the ejection seat and cockpit which have nicely molded raised details.

Hasegawa has a reputation of making extra effort in designing kits operated by the JASDF and it shows here.

The details are sublime with very nicely done rivets.

A dryfit shows that overall fitting is good.

There’s a bit of a messy fit between the back of the main wheel bay and fuselage but it’s minor. The landing gear fits into the fuselage without cement using polycaps. Nice.

Check out the fit of the wingroot!

Build Log
Part 1 ā€“ Construction | Part 2 ā€“ Construction | Part 3 ā€“ Painting
Part 4 – Painting | Part 5 – Finishing | Part 6 – Finishing

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