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Bogus serial number on the skin... but here's 104702 of the handful of '104s used for weapons testing by the AETE at CFB Cold Lake. Cameras were mounted inside the tip tanks, and shot high speed photography of test ordinance release through windows in the tanks. CEPE/AETE was a test squadron that flew modified service aircraft for weather and ordinance testing, among other jobs. Test aircraft denoted by the red X on the tail.

 

Always liked this scheme, you rarely saw painted tip tanks on single seater CF-104s. Should look good with the day-glo tanks.

 

 

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Tip Tanks and Pylons today... There's a limitation with the mapping - normally 99% of the stencils on the wing pylons are on the outboard side. Unfortunately the textures are mapped to a single pylon, with left and right sides, so textures are repeated on both pylons. Looks busier than in real life but c'est la vie.

 

Colours still to be adjusted, drag chute needs to be "urine yellow" 😝

 

Zipper number 104776, 1 CAG, CFB Baden Soellingen, West Germany, early 1980s:

 

 

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Good looking airplane! 🙂

 

Can’t help with the rectangular intake duct inspection doors, maybe the Italians can 🙂

 

That livery should be easy enough to crank out once I get the template’s bones finally completed in a week or so, Belgian/USAF SEA Camo plus Luftwaffe day-glo plus Turkish roundels... nice.

 

Planning some USAF Vietnam rip-offs (no A2A refueling probe, sorry) as well, so up the same alley.

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Thanks guys, I hope it'll be worth the wait, even if it's only an AI aircraft for most. Going from 2K to 4K resolution really boosts the amount of detail you can include, of course doubling the dimensions also quadruples the area... so it's been a LOT of work. Been a long time since I've built up my own template. Still on target for Christmas time. 🙂

 

Fuselage details just about done. I had planned to take some photos at the Canadian Starfighter museum in Manitoba of various "hard to reach areas" that are difficult to see in most walk around websites. Covid-19 ruined my Manitoba plans so until I can get up close to the real thing there might be some areas on the skins that are a little generic...

 

From back to front. Wing undersides are tomorrow's job. Working on the 3D details of the centerline pylon too.

 

 

 

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Very nice.. I did not expect that much detail!  Thanks in advance.. 

 

Happy Holidays.

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In French >>  Formidable.  

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Merci! In the home stretch now, I've decided I'll release skins in "chronological order", starting with the earliest schemes in natural metal finish. I suck at weathering, so by the time I get to the camo birds hopefully I'll be satisfied with how dirty I can make them.

 

When the Starfighter was first brought on strength with the RCAF, the intended mission was "Strike" (high speed nuke delivery), as well as Recon. The airplanes were finished in bare aluminum with gloss painted wings and tail planes. They were kept as clean as possible for more than one reason - the smooth, clean finish kept the speed as high as possible while hopefully reflecting as much light and heat energy to protect the pilot if "that day at work" had arrived...

 

Buzz numbers are still the placeholders I've been using since day one. Haven't decided which serial of two hundred Zippers will be first 🙂

 

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