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Herpa 1:200 Wings 552189
Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter Diecast Model
JASDF 202nd Hikotai, Nyutabaru AB, Japan

1:200 Scale   Length   Width
Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter   3.25"   1.25"

With the exception of the first four examples, all of the 230 F-104Js manufactured were produced under license by Mitsubishi in Japan. Basically, the F-104 matched the German F-104G, but the Japanese were smart enough to produce the airplane only in the role its designers originally intended it for, that of a dedicated interceptor. 178 examples of this version went to seven Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) squadrons from 1962 on, with the original of this model-novelty being allocated to the 202nd Hikotai, 5th Kokudan, Nyutabaru Air Base in 1964. It remained in operation there until 1981.

Mitsubishi F-104J 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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