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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1051
Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter Diecast Model
Luftwaffe JG 31 Boelcke, Squadron 25th Anniversary 1983

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter   9.25"   3.75"

In 1983 the TF-104G selected for the special paint scheme "Blue Boelcke" commemorating the 25th Anniversary of JaboG 31 "Boelcke" was c/n 583F-5961. It was built by Lockheed and assembled by Messerschmitt starting on 19th July 1967 with the first flight on 20th November 1967 assigned the code KE+219. The aircraft was delivered to JG 74 on 22nd January 1968 as 28+31 and transferred to JG 31 25th November 1974. On 8th November 1989 the aircraft was struck off charge (SOC). On 23rd November 1989 this aircraft became the property of the Hellenic Air Force coded TF-5961. In 1993 the aircraft was withdrawn from service and sat in the elements for several years. The aircraft was finally restored and is located at Tanagra Air Base.

Lockheed TF-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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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F-104 Starfighter is a good looking model with many quality features. The exceptionally long fuselage is constructed in diecast metal, with plastic side-mounted engine intakes. The rear turbine blades and the exhaust with its "turkey feathers" are some of the high points of this model, along with a canopy that opens to reveal an ejection seat and pad printed front and side instrument panels. The M61 Vulcan Gatling gun port is beautifully recreated, and the complex main landing gear is accurately rendered, securely locking into place for ground display. Most releases include removable wingtip fuel tanks, with fuselage mounted missiles on some versions.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" 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.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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