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Herpa 1:200 Wings 552059
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter Diecast Model
Luftwaffe JBG 36, 22+09, Hopsten AB, Germany

1:200 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter   3.25"   1.25"

In 1964, the fighter-bomber squadron G31 "Boelke", as the sibling formation of the air force's G36, presented its latest airplane type, the F-104G "Starfighter", at Hopsten air base in Münsterland, in northwest-Germany. It was the much-anticipated replacement for the totally obsolete F-84 "Thunderstreaks". From 1968 on, a four-digit code, split by the stylistically modified cross of old provenance, was implemented. In the case of this model's original it was 22+09. 52 machines were deployed at G31/36 until it was placed under NATO control in 1967. For ten years, the "manned rocket" remained in G31 operation. It, too, lost nine machines with six pilot fatalities due to the totally overburdened role the F-104 was forced to play. Our original is displayed in the gray-green combat livery, equipped with additional tanks at the wing ends which would even have qualified the jet, capable of reaching mach 2.2, for nuclear operations, under US command, into the potential combat zones in the GDR, Poland or the CSSR.

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

Designed to meet a need for an aircraft that could successfully compete against the MiG-15 in Korea, the F-104 Starfighter was first flown on February 20, 1958. American pilots believed that the F-86 Sabre was too large and complex to outmaneuver the lighter MiG, and they wanted a smaller, simpler, high-performance aircraft to replace it. The resulting design was a light, aerodynamic airframe wrapped around a powerful J79 turbojet engine. The F-104C was used by the USAF from 1958 until 1967, but most of the 2,578 production Starfighters were built and flown by members of NATO, including the Italian Air Force, which didn't retire it until 2004.

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Herpa 1:200 Wings

The Herpa "1:200 Wings" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of civilian and military aircraft in 1:200 scale.

Herpa "1:200 Wings" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Permanently extended landing gear with non-rotating wheels.
  • Some releases feature interchangeable open/closed canopies.
  • Authentic fixed ordnance loads.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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