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Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA1053
Lockheed TF-104G
ROCAF 4147, Ching Chun Kang AFB

The extreme shape of the Starfighter earned it the first nickname of "The Missile With a
Man in it" and some USAF pilots also called it “Zipper” or “Zipper 104” because of it’s
tremendous speed. After it proved to be challenging to fly, with high fatal accident rates,
particularly in German service the plane was given many more nicknames because of its
high speed and ability to occassionally fly itself into the ground. In Germany they referred
to it as Witwenmacher ("widowmaker"), fliegender Sarg ("flying coffin") or Erdnagel
("ground nail", the official military term for a tent peg). Others were, Pakistan Badmash
“Hooligan”, Italy because of it’s spiked nose Spillone “Hatpin” and bara volante “Flying
Coffin”, Canada “Lawn Dart”.
Primarily powered by a single 15 800 lb thrust General Electric J79-GE11A turbojet
engine, equipped with afterburner, it was capable of high speeds (just under 1300 mph)
and high rates of climb. On December 14, 1959, an F-104C set a world altitude record of
103,395 ft (31.5 km). The Starfighter was the first aircraft to hold simultaneous official
world records for speed, altitude, and time-to-climb.

On May 22, 1998, after thirty eight years of service the RoCAF held a retirement
ceremony for its F-104s. The decommissioning ceremony was held at Ching Chuang
Kang (CCK) Air Base (AB) because the base is home to the 8th TFS, the first ROCAF
squadron to operate the F-104. For the very conservative event seven F-104s had new
paint and fin markings with each one different and representing the seven former F-104
squadrons. One badge was a “Baby Dragon” applied to TF-104G 4147 (61-12236)
representing the 28th TFS. Somehow during the refurbishment of this aircraft for the
retirement event, the incorrect serial 61-12236 was applied. The correct serial for this
airframe should be 61-03030 that had accumulated 6,000 flying hours. The aircraft is on
a pole at the CCK AFB wearing the markings of the 427th TFW and still wearing the
incorrect serial 61-12236. When retired the total RoCAF F-104 flying hours were 380,000.


Specifications for the F-104G / TF-104G

F-104G
Role – all-weather multi-role fighter-bomber
Production - 1,122
Crew – 1

TF-104G
Role - combat-capable trainer version of F-104G
Production - 220
Crew – 2

NORMAL PERFORMANCE
Engine – 1 x General Electric J-79 of 15,600 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Increased Internal Fuel Capacity
Maximum speed - 1,320 mph
Cruising Speed - 575 mph
Combat Radius – 420 mi
Ferry Range – 1,630 mi
Service Ceiling - 58,000 ft
Rate Of Climb – 48,000 ft/min

Dimensions
Span - 21 ft. 11 in
Length - 54 ft. 10 in
Height - 13 ft. 6 in

Weight
Empty – 14,000 lbs
Loaded – 20,640 lbs
Maximum Takeoff - 29,027 lbs

Armament
F-104G
1 x M-61 20mm M61 Vulcan 6-barrel cannon
Hardpoints -
7 x capable of carrying a maximum 4,000 lbs of stores
Located -
2 x wing-tip launch rails for AIM-9 Sidewinder or similar missiles
4 x 2 under each wing
1 x under-fuselage center-line pylon

TF-104G
No cannon or centerline pylon
Reduced internal fuel

Die-cast metal.
Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pilot figure
Pad applied markings.
Fully assembled.
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.
Very collectable
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