WIP : Hasegawa 1/48 F-104J Starfighter Pt. 3 – Painting

Painting begins with a black base with Tamiya XF-1 Black.

The F-104J I’m modeling is a unit from the 202nd Hikotai, 5th Kokuden out of Nyutabaru Air Base in 1979. It sported a custom scheme over its all metal finish when it flew as an aggressor. So out come Tamiya XF-2 Flat White for the marble coat.

As usual, I’m not not precise about it.

First up the blue. The TwoBobs instructions call for FS 15102. I used Mig AMMO Dark Gray Blue for this.

I thinned it with thinner and added a few drops of flow improver and glaze medium to reduce the opacity. So even after a few layers of paint, the marble coat still shows.

There’s a white band inside the blue so I started masking.

I went with a base of black then Model Air Insignia White. Looks like I thinned it too much though and it didn’t spray right.

So I buffed down the blobs and re-sprayed with Tamiya XF-2 Flat White instead.

The white band also wraps around the bottom.

The nose is also not in bare metal so this also gets a marble coat.

There are also 2 colors for the nose. Instructions say FS 36251. I used Vallejo Model Air Aggressor Grey.

Once cured, I masked out the antiglare panel.

AK Interactive Dark Green for FS 34079.

The wings went through the same treatment as the fuselage so I start with a base of black.

Then a marble coat of white.

The top side is white so it’s Tamiya XF-2 Flat White over Model Air Insignia White. The bottom of the wings are FS 36375 gray and I used Model Air Pale Grey Blue.

Once these have cured properly it’s time for more masking and then tackling the metal finish.

Build Log
Part 1 – Construction | Part 2 – Construction | Part 3 – Painting
Part 4 – Painting | Part 5 – Finishing

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