No, and I really didn't keep tabs on how long it did take. I know some
of those older Hasegawas were bought in an old hobby shop in Reading,
Pa. back in the early '70s. He had stacks of them in the old AMT boxes.
When the Esci kit came out, I tried one and I thought they were great.
I slowly replaced older Hasegawas with new-build Escis. I even scored
one of the Hellers and built it as a two-seater. I wasn't too wild
about the Matchbox kit but I went and bought one and found them to be
better than I had expected. The Japanese, the Danish, both Germans and
the what-if are Matchbox.
Most of the group, backed up with a photo of an XF-104, were my last
exhibit at the local hobby show in the late '80s. I added and replaced
a few since then. I was going to do an F-104F but the only exterior
clue to it would have been the serials. IIRC, it was here where I
learned that fact. I also toyed with converting a TF-104G into an
F-104B or D (probably both!). Matchbox made that an easier project by
converting their F-104G into a TF. By then Heller's kits had
disappeared off the local market.
To carry it to extremes, I also had Revell's 1/32 kit, Monogram's 1/48,
a built Aurora 1/64(?) and 1/100 and 1/144 kits. The large ones are
gone, unbuilt but the little ones have been built.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
You got me there...I've been playing so much that I think I've opened a
stress fracture in the index finger on my left hand. Hurts like
hell...been laying off the axe for the week. I think we're supposed to
play this weekend, though.
...but you should see what I'm doing with the deck on the U-boat...about
got blisters from cutting the slots in the decking open. Got the
foredeck done, about 1/3 done on the aft deck. Something to do while
I'm waiting for the outer pressure hull kit I ordered to show up.
Time and stamina...it really is taking a toll on my fingers. First time
I've had to take serious breaks from a build in a long time. Probably
the most extensive kit mod I've ever done without gluing anything...now
I've got to hope my painting and weathering skills are up to what I've
been up to...