Lockheed Nf-104 Ast 1/48 Cutting Edge Conversion Cec48264 Rare Edwards Afb F-104
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Lockheed Nf-104 Ast 1/48 Cutting Edge Conversion Cec48264 Rare Edwards Afb F-104:
THE POOR MAN'S X-15This extremely hard to find and long out-of-production resin conversion kit was produced by Cutting Edge in 1/48th scale to convert a standard F-104G to the Lockheed NF-104 Aerospace Trainer (AST). It includes finely cast resin pieces to replicate the wingtip extensions, rocket tail, extended nose with reaction control thrusters, special pitot tube, as well as other detail parts. It includes very concise instructions to convert the Hasegawa F-104. It was designed to be used by experienced modelers to convert the Hasegawa kit but can be used with other 1/48th scale F-104's with careful modifications. The photo backdrop in the first and second image is an original 1960's Edwards AFB large photo of the NF-104A signed by USAF AST test pilots Jim Rider and the late Robert Smith. It depicts the zoom profile of the NF-104 really well. The other images also picture a Topping NF-104 desk model for a bit of inspiration. The photo backdrop and Topping model are pictured for reference only.The NF-104 was an extensive conversion of the standard F-104 fighter. It had extended wings, altered intake cones, a tail mounted rocket engine, and wing and nose mounted pitch and yaw controls for control outside the earth’s effective aerodynamic atmosphere. It was designed to provide student-pilots of the Aerospace Research Pilots School a hands-on experience with zoom climbs above 100,000’, weightless flight through a parabolic arc, and a semi-ballistic re-entry such as they would encounter in flights of the North American Aviation X-15 and Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar .This will ship to the US in a medium Priority Mail box. The price for standard shipping at that size and weight is almost the same as Priority Mail so Priority is the best way to go. All shipping prices are quoted at actual cost. Buyer pays for the cost of shipping only with no additional handling or packaging charges. .Thanks for looking and thanks for offerding!