1/48 Hasegawa F-104G "ZELL"

by Trevor Murphy  "thundervett"

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Hi guys.  Here's some photos of my F-104G that I converted to a German "Zero Length Launch" AC (ZELL).  I used the CMK resin detail set for the gearbays and cockpit.  The CMK kit comes with tons of resin and I highly recommend it for your Starfighters.  As for the rocket, I used brass tubing with modeling clay on the ends and used the tip of a 1/72 fuel tank for the exhaust.  The rocket to AC apparatus was scratch built using evergreen styrene. S tretched sprue was used for all the wiring.

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I painted the model with MM enamels, pre-shading first and then post shading with pastel dust.  Most of the decals were out of box although I did have to cut them up in order to make the proper designations.

If I have the time I will be making a resin cast of the ZELL unit for production with the help of Billy Cristler (aerospace mag) in the near future, for distribution.

I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I  enjoyed the build.

Trevor

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Photos and text by Trevor Murphy  "thundervett"