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Besides, it can't be much more difficult than this 439 lawn dart that I built a 1/48 scale model of when I was a kid.

 

https://images.app.goo.gl/BDg3CAUnxGgdSs1T8

 

Or this one from 441

 

http://images.app.goo.gl/DtQqf3FdJVGLZyp47

 

But what I really want is more like this:

 

http://images.app.goo.gl/ubqA9RqsjMMfaKVk7

 

A frontline aircraft in squadron service with 1 (F) Wing


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See, advice from the expert! :)

 

Kobra, can you confirm for everyone that we should be able to use 4096 resolution in future for the diffuse 1, 2, 3 textures and 2048 for the pylons and tanks diffuse textures, to match the existing RoughMet files?

 

Yes this resolution should work

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  • 3 weeks later...

Detail level one can expect with 4096 resolution...

 

 

 

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Started working on a 4K template, progress should be leaps and bounds as of next week, got a stretch of days off coming. :)


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Great work Jocko !

Regards

 

DL available skins here:

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/files/?CREATED_BY=Strut

 

 

Pictures of my Skins here: https://imgur.com/a/bOQyQqW

 

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And yes, it's possible to get a perfect looking candy stripe spiral on the pitot tube. The style varied over the years, the early metal finish birds had double the spirals, the average in later years was a "five-striper".

 

 

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Working on the mid fuselage section now, the 104 had a LOT of screws mixed in with the flush rivets. Rivets to follow.

 

 

 

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Switched to working on stencils to give my brain a break from fasteners. The Zipper was a veritable magnum opus of maintenance and servicing instructions. W.I.P....

 

 

 

 

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Seeing as I've got a couple of weeks off (STAYcation), for once I actually DO have the time, although I'll admit I've bitten off quite a lot to chew :D

 

It's time consuming but also fun, and sometimes irritating - when you are working on one thing which causes you to notice an error in another thing you thought you'd finished accurately :wallbash:

 

I haven't done a template this detailed in a long time, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the Zipper and it's history with the RCAF/CAF.

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I'm blown away by the quality of the work being done here!

 

 

I have to wonder though: is anyone working on, or planning to work on a full proper flyable F-104, that we might enjoy? i mean this AI is beautiful, but I kinda wanna fly a classic CF-104 silver dart myself some day!

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I'm blown away by the quality of the work being done here!

 

 

Thanks! A lot of work, but hopefully all worth it.

 

 

I have to wonder though: is anyone working on, or planning to work on a full proper flyable F-104, that we might enjoy? i mean this AI is beautiful, but I kinda wanna fly a classic CF-104 silver dart myself some day!

 

 

We can only wish/hope. I too would LOVE to see a flyable F-104 in DCS. The least I can do in the mean time is pay tribute by skinning the AI version :)

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As a fellow, compared to you amateur Starfighter skin maker :) a question, the stencils, are those all handmade?, or did you find them somewhere online?.

 

One annoyance of mine is that 90% of the stencils are just blurred scribbles, instead of actual text.

 

Then again, i like making JASDF starfighters, and those scribbles help me hide my total lack of knowledge of the Japanese language :D

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Stencils are typed by me, using same font as I used for my F-86 stencils, almost 100% accurate to period style. Look for a font called PHANTOM STENCIL.

 

Two priceless websites are here:

 

http://www.sbap.be/aircraft/f104g/f104g.htm

 

And here:

 

https://historicalfighters.com/f-104g-access-provisions/

 

Based on my photo references, early CF-104s in aluminum finish were smothered in stencils, in later years they may or may not have been repainted if worn off, maybe by that time the mechanics knew where everything was so who needs stencils? :)

 

When the CAF switched from nuke to conventional weapons delivery the aircraft were repainted in OD Green and later in grey/green camo, stencils are a lot harder to see in those pics.

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