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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA1036 Canadian Armed Forces CF-104 Starfighter "Toothbrush Scheme" 421 Squadron, 1983

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA1036 Canadian Armed Forces CF-104 Starfighter "Toothbrush Scheme" 421 Squadron, 1983   Tue Jul 04 2017, 21:03

Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA1036
Canadian Armed Forces CF-104 Starfighter "Toothbrush" #104805,
421 "Red Indian" Squadron, CFB Baden Soellingen, West Germany, 1983
Special for CFB Baden-Soellingen’s 30th Anniversary (1953-1983)

May 2017 Release


After the Canadian Government cancelled the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow in 1959, a replacement for the RCAF's Canadair Sabre 6 and Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck serving with the RCAF's Air Division in Europe quicky became a priority.

A competition was held and was won by Lockheed and their F-104 Starfighter. The RCAF would acquire 200 single seat CF-104s built by Canadair in Montreal and 38 Duals built in the States. Canadian Starfighters entered service in 1961 with Eight Canadian Squadrons based in Germany and France in the Nuclear Strike and Reconnaissance roles as part of the Nation's commitment to NATO. Eventually under the Pierre Trudeau government the CF-104s were reduced to just three squadrons and converted to the conventional attack role in 1972. A role they fulfilled until replaced by the CF-18 Hornet in 1986.

THE MODEL

This is Hobby Master's sixth Canadian CF-104 model.



The aircraft represented is from 421 "Red Indian" Squadron with a Special Red Paint scheme celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Squadron and the 30th Anniversary of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Baden-Soellingen, West Germany. This paint scheme has a painted white "Arrow" along the entire length of the fuselage and an Indian Warrior on the tail.

Commonly the scheme has been referred to as the "Toothbrush Scheme". If you were a member of 421 Squadron - it's an arrow. If you were a member of 441 or 439 Squadron (also based at Baden) - it was a toothbrush!

Hobby Master's single seat F-104 tooling is one of their older but very successful toolings. Optional parts are provided to display the model gear up or down and the Canopy can be displayed open or closed. All the parts of my model fit together well (including the wing tip external fuel tanks). The only minor issue I have is that the red paint appears slightly lighter on the plastic portions of the model. Overall another excellent Starfighter and recommended for the collection.

Dan
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