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11/18/2023 - LOCKHEED MARTIN F-104 STARFIGHTER A/C



F-104 fighter on the ramp at the South Carolina Air National Guard Base, Congaree Air Field. 1960s era photo, courtesy of 169th FIGHTER WING of the United States of America.

The F-104 Starfighter is not only an aircraft in the history of aviation. It is the symbol of the starting point for a change in the cycle of US fighter characteristics, designed as supersonic interceptors against soviet nuclear bombers at the height of the cold war.

It is a perfect candidate for designing and manufacturing a number of detailed for this impressive aircraft.



We do not know at the moment what plans Italeri may have for this kit, but from our own experience we can indicate that there was not for many years a model of the Starfighter in 1/32 in these initial versions with unpainted metal fuselage with mirror polish.

The model had a price range in stores that made it especially attractive. But it has bounced back to the price bands on this scale. However, we think the F-104 deserves a preferred place.

Initially we planned the design and manufacture of the landing gear, radar, engine and some of the aircraft compartments. We do not exclude the cockpit or eject seat.

12/10/2023 - RADAR AN/ASG-14 T1 for F-104 A



The radar for the F-104 A is finished and ready for sale. This radar is the AN/ASG-14 T1 vá lido for the F-104 A.

RADAR AN/ASG-14 T2 for F-104 A and F-104 C



The radar for the F-104 A and the F-104 C is finished and ready for sale. This radar is the AN/ASG-14 T2. An upgrade of the previous AN/ASG-14 T1 radars for the F-104 A, and as a stable component throughout the production of the F-104 C.

12/17/2023 - Engine GENERAL ELECTRIC J79-GE-3 for F-104 A

We started designing and manufacturing the J79-3 nozzle. This is completely different from other J79 models. The list of engines and models of F-104 is as follows:

J79-GE-3/3A    F-104A / F-104B
J79-GE-3B       NF-104 / F-104A / F-104B
J79-GE-7A      CF-104 / F-104C / F-104D
J79-GE-11A     F-104A* / F-104G / F-104J / F-104F
J79-GE-19       F-104A* / F-104S

(*) Re-engineering for certain squadrons or final destinations

The intention is to equip the model with model 3, corresponding to the first model in which they were intended in the Tactical Air Command and as an experimental aircraft including the NF-104 A service model in NASA.

02/09/2024 - Engine PRATT & WHITNEY F-100 PW 229 for F-16 I



We start designing and manufacturing under custom order the nozzle of the Pratt & Whitney F-100 PW 229 as a detailset for Academy F-16 I in 1/32.

02/09/2024 - Engine PRATT & WHITNEY F-100 PW 229 for F-16 CJ



We start designing and manufacturing under custom order the nozzle of the Pratt & Whitney F-100 PW 229 as a detailset for Tamiya F-16 CJ in 1/32.

02/09/2024 - Engine PRATT & WHITNEY F-100 PW 229 for F-15 E



We start designing and manufacturing under custom order the nozzle of the Pratt & Whitney F-100 PW 229 as a detailset for Tamiya F-15 E in 1/32.

02/28/2024 - J79-GE-3 NOZZLE for F-104A and F-104B



The nozzle for the first age of the F-104A in the TAC is finished and ready for sale.

04/06/2024 - Whole family of PW-229 for F-15 and F-16



By doing the complete internal detailing, we were able to move the segments precisely enough to open and close the augmentor correctly. This made it possible to make the complete series of the PW-229. With and without composite segments, and with open and closed nozzle using the same segments.

04/15/2024 - F-100 PW-229 Interior and exterior detailed AFTERBURNER for F-15



After several trials, has been decided to continue the detailed exterior of the Pratt & Whitney F-100 PW-229 engine afterburner.

04/17/2024 - First PW-229 NOZZLE 3D printing test for F-15



This first test has the nozzle connector to the fuselage clean of details to observe that it is printed without aberrations. We show the pictures with the resin yet something wet and not completely dry, of the model inmediatly after been taken out from his first test. Little tweaks must made but the result was extraordinary thanks to good foresight at the design stage.

As you can see, the thickness of the panels is precisely scaled, which makes them almost translucent to the light. This effect in the right image lets you see the accuracy of the overlap between adjacent panels.

 

04/05/2024 - NOZZLES F-100 PW-229 for F-16 with composite outer petals



A number of open and closed PW-229 nozzle combinations have been completed, with all outer petals or 3 of them removed to observe the internal mechanisms.

04/05/2024 - AFTERBURNERS FOR THE ENTIRE PW-229 SERIES for F-15 and F-16



Has been completed the series of afterburners from the nozzles to the turbine, including the final part of the turbine, for nozzles PW-229 for F-15 and F-16.



General Electric Company advertising of the 50s, in which the J79 GE-3 was presented internationally in press along with the F-104A on the runway, and one of the pilots with pressurized helmet who experimented with these early versions. Photograph from the 1950’s era, possibly at the base of Edwards, owned by Tecnikit.

 

05/15/2024 - ENGINE J-79 GE-3 for F-104A and F-104B

The engine will be on sale in June. It has been very difficult to find accurate information on this engine, as the existing graphic information is almost nil, and often incorrect or generic on the J79, confusing variants.

It was important to dedicate the work of building a reproduction of this engine, and provide this unique model with a detailed that brings complexity.

We recall that despite the information that can be seen in other sources, the GE-3 was the only valid engine for the F-104 A, B and NF104 versions used by NASA. Used as initial models for experimentation of mythical test pilots who beat with the F-104A various records of altitude, ascent speed and speed in this decade.



Photograph courtesy of NASA.

06/17/2024 - Engine J-58 for SR-71

We are very pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to develop the SR-71 J-58 in 1/32 scale.

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