Hobby Master HA1038 1/72 Scale Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Diecast model S/N 56-0886, 479th TFW, USAF
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 1965.
- Wingspan 8.8 cm 3.46 in Approx.
- Length 21.3 cm 8.38 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA1038 – 1/72 Scale F-104C Starfighter Diecast model.
1/72 Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA1038 is a 1/78 scale diecast model of the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. In the colour scheme and markings of S/N 56-0886, 479th TFW, USAF while stationed at Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, during 1965.
The USAF took delivery of Lockheed F-104C Starfighter S/N 56-0886, c/n 183-1174 September 20, 1958, assigning it to the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards AFB. Transferred to the 479th TFW 476th TFS in October 1958. Deployed to DaNang AB Vietnam in July 1965 with 436 TFS and in November 1966 moved to the 435th TFS, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand. Then to the 8th TFW, Udorn RTAFB in May 1967 and finally the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (PR ANG) later that year. In April 1976 withdrawn from service and placed in storage ar Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Currently preserved at Holloman AFB.
479th Tactical Fighter Wing.
The 479th TFW was a unit of the USAF, activated as the 479th Fighter-Bomber Wing at George AFB in December 1952. Redesignate as the 479th Tactical Fighter Wing in July 1958. The operational units of the Wing were the 434th, 435th, 436th and 476th Fighter-Bomber/Tactical Fighter Squadrons.
Conversion to the F-104C Starfighter began in October 1958. The Wing went to Germany in September 1961 in response to the building of the Berlin wall. Sent a squadron to NAS Key West, Florida, during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. During 1964/65 deployed two squadrons to Da Nang AB South Vietnam, flying MiG combat air patrol (MiGCAP) missions. In April 1965, moved two squadrons to Taiwan and one to Thailand. The wing conducted F-104 replacement training until early 1967, followed by F-4D replacement training in February 1967. Inactivated in October 1971.
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is an American single-turbojet supersonic interceptor and attack aircraft. The first combat aircraft capable of prolonged Mach 2 flight. Developed for the USAF, it first flew on February 17, 1956, and entered service on January 28, 1958, with the 83rd FIW.
The F-104 set various world records, including airspeed and altitude records. It saw combat during the Vietnam War, the 1965 India Pakistani War and the 1967 Taiwan Strait Conflict. The Starfighter had a poor in service safety record, with some operators losing a significant number of aircraft to accidents. In West Germany, it became known as “Witwenmacher” (The Widowmaker).
The USAF retired their last Starfighters in 1969 and the ANG in 1975. The Italian Air Force retired the last operational Starfighters on October 31, 2004. 2,578 F-104s of all variants were built and served with over a dozen nations.
The F-104’s semi-monocoque fuselage structure is nearly two-and-a-half times longer than its wingspan. The slenderness of the wings required the placement of fuel tanks and landing gear in the fuselage. Early Starfighters had a downward-firing ejection seat, out of concern for an upward-firing seat clearing the “T-tail.” Later ejection seats used were the Lockheed C-2 upward-firing seat and eventually the Martin-Baker Mk.7 “zero-zero” (zero altitude, zero airspeed).
The trapezoidal wing, small in area, thin and mid-mounted with 10° anhedral. The wing’s sharp leading edges were hazardous to ground crews, requiring the use of protective guards during maintenance. Fitted with leading and trailing edge flaps and a boundary layer control system (BLCS) with internal blown flaps to improve low-speed handling. Operation of the speed brakes and controls surfaces were by hydraulics. An electrical system operated the flaps and trim mechanisms. Two wingtip stations could carry AIM-9 Sidewinders missiles or fuel tanks. The tail unit is a cantilever design with a T-tailplane to reduce inertia coupling.
The first USAF Starfighters used the simple AN/ASG-14T ranging radar and tactical air navigation system (TACAN). The F-104S received a NASARR R-21G/H radar with moving-target indication and tracking capability, allowing the use of medium-range radar-guided missiles. Previous Starfighters only carried infrared-homing missiles. Another feature of the R21G/H, the contour/ground mapping and terrain avoidance modes, gave the aircraft fighter-bomber capability. The mid-1980s saw the introduction of the improved and more compact FIAR R21G/M1 radar.
To assist with stall prevention, the F-104 had a stick shaker warning system and a stick pusher system to pitch the nose down. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type with a single wheel on each unit. To shorten the landing run, the F-104 used a drag chute.
Over time, the Starfighter has had multiple weapon systems. A General Electric M61 20mm Vulcan cannon, ‘Gatling’ gun, centre-line bomb rack, wing pylons for bombs and rockets and wingtip rails for the AIM-9 Sidewinder. All two-seat variants, reconnaissance aircraft and early F-104S, did not have the M61 fitted.
The F-104 used a single General Electric J79 turbojet with afterburner. The side-mounted engine intakes had a fixed geometry inlet scoop with a conical ramp mechanism. The J79 and the high thrust-to-drag ratio gave the F-104 a maximum speed of over Mach 2, excellent acceleration and rate of climb.
A single seat multi-role fighter and fighter-bomber variant for USAF Tactical Air Command. Powered by a single General Electric J79-GE-7 turbojet with afterburner. It had an improved fire-control radar (AN/ASG-14T-2), It also had in-flight refuelling capability. Entered service in September 1958 with the 479th TFW, USAF.
- Maximum Speed: 2555 km/h (1,588 mph), Mach 2.1.
- Cruise Speed: 820km/h (510 mph).
- Empty Weight: 5,790 kg (12,760 lb).
- MTOW: 12,635 kg (27,855 lb).
- Maximum Range: 1,370 km (850 mi) no drop tanks, 2414 km (1500mi) with drop tank.
- Service Ceiling:17,675 m (58,000 ft).
- Hardpoints: Seven total.
- Air-to-air missile launch rails on each wing-tip, two under each wing and one under fuselage on centreline.
- Later the centerline pylon was able to carry a twin stores rack for two Sidewinders.
- Able to carry up to 907 kg (2,000 lb) of payload.
- One 20-mm M61A1 cannon in the fuselage.
- Air to Air Missiles:
- AIM-9B Sidewinder.
- Bombs, Rockets, Napalm.
- B28 nuclear bomb on fuselage centerline pylon.
- Drop Tanks:
- 738 l (195 US gal) on each of the under-wing pylons.
- 644 l (170 US gal) on each wingtip.
Hobby Master HA1038 – 1/72 Scale Lockheed F-104C Starfighter Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 56-0886, 479th TFW, USAF, South Vietnam, 1965.