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F-104 Starfighter Special Camouflages

Spotlight ON • 2016
Autor(zy)Lieuwe De Vries
IlustratorLieuwe De Vries
Data wydania2016-06-23
SeriaSpotlight ON
Nr katalogowySpot 02
KategoriaSold Out KategoriaWyprzedana
FormatA4, 44 stron (44 w kolorze)
Cena89.00 PLN Cena19.00 GBP

This second title in the new 'Spotlight On' series presents detailed scale drawings and colour profiles of the F-104 Starfighters in their special camouflage schemes. The book contains colour plates and highly detailed profiles with comprehensive captions showing the variety of the F-104 family special camouflages schemes. The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic jet interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force by Lockheed. One of the Century Series of aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. A total of 2,578 Starfighters were produced and deployed, mostly by NATO members. A rarely documented aspect of post-war aviation history. Mushroom Model Publications feature superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings.


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  • Airfix Model World 74 • 2016-12-01
    Airfix Model World 74 z 2017 01 2
  • IPMS USA website • 2016-10-03

    F-104 Starfighter Special Camouflages

    Published: September 28th, 2016      
    Product Image
    Front cover
    Author: Lieuwe De Vries
    Reviewed by: 
    Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
    Company: Mushroom Model Publications
    ISBN #: 978-8363678586
    Other Publication Information: Hardcover, 44 pages
    Price: $24.00
    Product / Stock #: 323


    The latest title in the “Spot On” series published by Mushroom Model Publications focuses on a variety of special camouflage schemes featured on F-104 Starfighters from around the world. The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was a single-engine, supersonic jet interceptor developed for the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. The plane was remarkable for its speed and set a number of word records; however, it was more notable for its controversial safety record and the Lockheed bribery scandal. Despite these misgivings, the F-104 family of planes was flown by U.S. pilots into the mid-70s, and with more than a dozen countries around the world until 2004, when Italy retired the last of their F-104S planes.

    This book details the special camouflage patterns, and special paint schemes of 20 planes from a variety of countries. The color drawings are very well done, with a few planes displayed with four-sided drawings. Some of the most interesting schemes are featured on planes commemorating various countries “final flight” of their F-104 fleet during their retirement, or planes celebrating a unit’s 50th anniversary. The drawings feature planes from the U.S., Belgium, Japan, and Greece, but the real stars of the book are the German and Italian planes. It seemed that every German and Italian squadron was trying to outdo the next for the most exciting scheme.

    Whether you’re an enthusiast of the F-104 Starfighter, or a modeler looking for an inspiration for finishing an F-104 in something other than bare metal finish, this book has plenty of options to enjoy.

    Thank you Mushroom Model Publications for the review copy, and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

  • Model Airplane International 10/2016 • 2016-10-02
    Model Airplane International 2016 10 2
  • IPMS UK Magazine Issue 04 2016 • 2016-09-24
    IPMS UK 3 2016 006

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