• CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER
  • CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER

LOCKHEED F-104G STARFIGHTER 21+42 JABO G36, HOPSTEN - 1970's / THE LUFTWAFFE WIDOW MAKER - 1970's

Review on October 28, 2014 | CORGI Diecast Model 1/72 Scale

Basic Information

コーギー・クラシック社製のダイキャストモデルです。商品の概略は以下のとおり。

This is a ready-made diecast model by Corgi Classics Limited. The specifications of this product is as follows.

Product MakerCorgi Classics Limited (from 1995 to 2008)
*Corgi Classics Limited was acquired by Hornby in 2008. The name of "CORGI" is still continue to exist as brand-name.
Product SeriesPREDATORS OF THE SKIES / SERIES 2 DIFINING MISSIONS
Product NameProduct Code:PR99412 (Limited Edition: 3,760 Distributed)
LOCKHEED F-104G STARFIGHTER 21+42 JABO G36, HOPSTEN - 1970's
THE LUFTWAFFE WIDOW MAKER - 1970's
Model Scale1:72
DimensionsLength: 245mm / Width: 108mm
Release Year2007
Priceunknown (currently being investigated)
Notes *Ready-made display model (painted and assembled)
*Die-cast body with some plastic parts
*All markings by tampo printing
*Landing gears can be removed for flying position (gear covers included)
*Pilot figures is not included
*Canopy can be displayed opened or closed
*Display stand included

Shape, Painting and Markings

アウトラインは良好です。塗装やマーキング類も素晴らしい出来栄え。本モデル上面はダークグレイとダークグリーンのスプリンター迷彩(折線分割迷彩)、下面はライトグレイの塗装が施されています。

The outline is good. The painting and markings are excellent. This model's upper surface is painted in the "Splinter Camouflage" of Dark Grey (FS.26152) and Dark Green (FS.34079). The underside is painted in Light Grey (FS.26373).

Special Mention

「プレデター・オブ・ザ・スカイ」シリーズの各モデルには、パイロット、ミッション、飛行隊のストーリーが掲載されたブックレットが付属しており、さらにボックス内には実機のテクニカルデータも記載されています。

Each models of "Predators of the skies" series comes with a booklet detailing the story behind the pilot, mission or squadron, plus the box is packed with technical information about the plane.

CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER BOOKLET

Above: Booklet of this product

About Widow Maker

スターファイターは「未亡人製造機」と呼ばれるほどパイロット・エラーに対しては情け容赦の無い機体でした。

スターファイターの主な任務の一つに低空侵攻がありますが、急ごしらえの西ドイツ空軍F-104航空団、経験の浅いパイロット、過敏なハンドリング特性、ドイツ上空の悪天候という中での猛訓練は、全保有機数の30%喪失という結果を招くこととなります。

100名以上ものドイツ空軍パイロットが訓練中の事故により殉職しましたが、損失率ワーストワンはドイツ空軍ではなく、配備機数の半数を失ったカナダ空軍です。

ほどなくして他のヨーロッパ諸国はF-104の運用には技量優秀、経験豊かなパイロットが必要であることに気づき、その運用法を改善。その結果としてスペインやノルウェーのような低損失率を誇る国々も出てきました。

The Starfighter was so unforgiving of piloting errors that people called it the "Widow Maker".

One of the main roles of the Starfighter was the low level strike, and with the bad weather often found in Germany, coupled with inexperienced young pilots that were pushed through training during the rapid build up of the F104 fleet, flying a very fast combat aircraft with unforgiving handling characteristics, resulted in a attrition rate of almost 30 percent of the aircraft purchased for the Luftwaffe.

Over 100 Luftwaffe pilots died in the Starfighter, but the Luftwaffe did not have the worst pro-rata record with the F104; that lies with the Canadians who lost half of their F104s.

Other countries soon realised that their best and most experienced pilots were needed to handle the F104, as a result countries like Spain and Norway had much lower pro-rata accident rates.

* Above explanation is quoted from booklet included in this product.

That's what I want

2007年、「プレデター・オブ・ザ・スカイ」シリーズがCORGI社よりリリースされました。 これらはCORGIらしいパッケージングではありましたが、ホビーマスター社製品と同じ金型を使用したものでした。 もちろん私はホビーマスターの製品が好きです。 しかし、CORGIがリリースする製品であるならば、金型、パッケージング、それらすべてがコーギーオリジナルであって欲しい。 私はそういう商品が欲しいのです。

"Predator of the skies" series has been released in 2007 from CORGI. Although CORGI made package on their own, used same tooling as the Hobby Master's. Of course I love Hobby Master's products. But if CORGI releases their products, I wish that concept, tooling and package, all of them are CORGI's original. That's what I want.

CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER Same Tooling as Hobby Master

Above: Same tooling models

Reference

[Books & DVD]

*Dengeki Scale Modeler Books The F-104J/DJ with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force / Published by MediaWorks 2007
*FAMOUS AIRPLANES OF THE WORLD No.103 F-104 STARFIGHTER / Published by BUNRIN-DO Co.,Ltd. 2004
*Danny Coremans & Peter Gordts uncovering the Lockheed (T)F-104G Starfighter / Published by DACO Publications 2012
*PLANES and PILOTS 16 LOCKHEEDF-104 STARFIGHTER (1958-2000) / Published by Histoire & Collections 2012
*FIGHTING AIRCRAFT DVD Collection 14 F-104 Starfighter / Released by K.K.DeAgostini JAPAN 2007

CORGI PR99412 F-104G STARFIGHTER reference

[Website]

*Die Wartung des Starfighters F-104G - Vor-und Nachfluginspektion (1976) - YouTube
This Federal Republic of Germany armed forces (Bundeswehr) training film shows the before and after flight inspection and maintenance of the Lockheed F-104 G "Starfighter".