Review - Lindberg 1/48 scale F-94C Starfire

Kit Review: Lindberg (J. Lloyd) 1/48 scale Kit No. 70554; F-94C
Starfire; 34 parts (33 in white styrene, 1 clear styrene); retail
price US $11.95
Advantages: first kit of an F-94C in plastic (1955)
Disadvantages: see text
Rating: Recommended with EXTREME Reservations
Recommendation: for nostalgia buffs
Everybody has to start someplace. When I was just short of my seventh
birthday one of my relatives gave me a Lindberg F-94C Starfire kit as
well as a bottle of Testors Liquid Cement for some reason which I
cannot remember. As my hero at the time was a 14-year-old kid up the
block named Bobby Fisher, who was making wood kits the HARD way (razor
blade and sandpaper) I was more than happy to have a fast way to build
airplanes too!
Since I had never built a model =96 and my mother had no idea what it
took =96 I was permitted to lay it out on our breakfast table which had
coral acetate placemats. But being a bit young I did not read the
directions on the cement (=93Coat both parts to be joined before
assembly=94) and thus could not figure out why the parts would not stick
together. I tried several times and could not get any results, and as
I went to stick the little brush back in the bottle for more cement I
flipped the bottle over. I called to my mother who got there as her
second placemat dissolved into a pink gooey mess.
She took away what was left of the Testors and gave me a roll of
Scotch tape. The model was more or less finished with that tape, which
made the wings fold, the canopy open, and the landing gear sort of
retract. I was quite proud of it but it didn=92t last long with such
flimsy assembly. I think she took the decals away as well, so don=92t
recall that one either.
Fast forward 57 years. I found one today in an Ollie=92s for half price
and picked it up out of fond memories. But my memory of it being such
a =93neat=94 model have run into reality.
Suffice it to say it was the FIRST kit of an F-94C to hit the market.
It had landing gear of a sort and two pilots, which was better than
some of the other kits on the market of the day. But what was great in
1955 has not aged well.
First off, there are no blocks in the model anywhere so it is another
=93Pan Flute=94 from the =9150s with no interior to speak of. The landing
gear simply mounts on the surface of the wings and fuselage (the kit
does have doors for all of them) but no wheel wheels nor detailed
parts to the landing gear. The inner doors are present in their down
position, but it also adds an extra set of doors where the speed brake
should be!
The =93interior=94 provided consists of two one-piece pilots in =93zombie=
=94
poses and two hanging seats for them to sit on. The canopy is a one-
piece affair with heavy rib details and two extra ones to boot. Wings
are one-piece affairs with oval (!) rocket pods and two-piece tip
tanks. Wheel struts are simple =93C=94 shaped affairs with no torque links
or connecting rods.
Only one aircraft is represented, 55-8357 =93Lady Val=94.
Overall this is a really simple kit which was great for its time and
would not be bad for a =93first model=94 for a child. At least this time
around I will try harder NOT to spill the glue.
Cookie Sewell
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as a die hard lindberg fan, i say that cookie hit the head on the nail. they were cheap and fun. as i have said, i used the ar 234 to build the first 16 versucks models and they look cool lined up. i like my nf version the best. i spent at least 3 weeks on it when i was 10. damn.
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< She took away what was left of the Testors and gave me a roll of Scotch tape. The model was more or less finished with that tape, which made the wings fold, the canopy open, and the landing gear sort of retract. I was quite proud of it but it didn?t last long with such flimsy assembly.
There's worse fates than scotch tape. There was a kid on our block about 5 years younger than me. He got a Revell Tanker aircraft and a tube of glue and was somwhat clueless on how to proceed. His sister, who was my age figured it out. She showed him how to hold the parts together and run an eight inch thick ribbon of glue along the length of the seam. He wasn't exactly happy with the final results and took it around the neighborhood seeking advice of the older model builders.
Val Kraut
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