|Length||21.3 cm||8.4 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||8.8 cm||3.5 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable crew figurines
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA1046 – 1/72 Scale Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, JG 71 “Richthofen”, Luftwaffe
Hobby Master diecast model HA1046 replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter of taktische nummer (tactical number) JA+111, JG 72 “Richthofen”, Luftwaffe. In the Norm 72 colour scheme, worn during the 1967 Air Defence Competition.
Air Defense Competition
The Air Defense Competition’s, organized by AFCENT (Allied Air Forces Central Europe), aims to evaluate participating squadrons air defence capabilities. It was mostly based on air to air shooting missions against towed targets and “cine weave” missions with aircraft scored on time to scramble and evaluation of the interception movies.
The Air Defense Competition 1967 was held at Soesterberg AFB and Wittmundhafen AB, with JG71 winning the Heddleston Trophy (best NATO interceptor squadron) and Guynemer Trophy (aerial gunnery).
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is an American single-engine, high-performance, supersonic interceptor aircraft, later developed into an all-weather multirole aircraft. It first flew in March 1954, entering service in 1958 with the 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Revolutionary in design and the first aircraft capable of maintaining Mach 2. It served with the USAF until 1969 and the Air National Guard until 1975. NASA operated a small fleet for supersonic flight testing and spaceflight programs. The last Starfighters in military service (Italian Air Force) were retired in 2004. Production ended in 1980 with 2,578 airframes built by Lockheed and others, serving with the air forces of over 15 countries.
Construction is mainly of aluminium alloy with some stainless steel and titanium. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque design accompanied by small mid-mounted cantilevered trapezoidal wings with anhedral. It has a cantilever T-tail with a trapezoidal tailplane and retractable tricycle type undercarriage.
It uses a single General Electric J79 axial-flow afterburning turbojet engine mounted in the rear of the fuselage. The F-104G, a fighter-bomber variant, has a maximum speed of 2,495 km/h (1,528 mph), a combat range of 680 km (420 mi), and a service ceiling of 15,000 m (50,000 ft).
The armament consists of one 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon on the left side of the fuselage below the cockpit. Seven external hard-points can carry up to 1,800 kgs (4,000 lbs) of stores: one on each wing-tip, two under each wing and one under the fuselage. Ordnance included air-to-air, bombs including nuclear and drop tanks.