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Old 11-22-2005, 08:04 AM
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Default Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

22nd November 2005. The build commences. It is will have a Wren Supersport which should be enough urge and I am going for the non scale Main UC. I am a Scotsman and the scale UC costs more than the kit.

Initial impressions are that it is a real builders kit. In fact more building than I had anticipated, but the mouldings are light and with the exception of the main hatch everything seems to fit.

And yes those are the wings not the elevator halves.
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Old 11-22-2005, 09:48 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Hi J.

I built an Avonds F104G a few years ago. It took me 3 weeks to complet building (less painting). It's all goes together well, and I'm quite sure you will have plenty of power from you engine. I flew mine with a 12 lbs Simjet 1200. Good luck.

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Old 11-22-2005, 03:27 PM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

I built the Aeroloft version with panel lines. Builds very quickly and flies great. Keep a bright color scheme in mind as it is very hard to see in the air. Mine is now over 5years old and still going. Yours should fly fine with a super sport, mine started out with a Ram 750 and weighs 20.5 lbs. Yours should be much less and the Avonds glass work is much lighter.Get a gear door kit fromPA, easy to do and makes the airplane look much better. The airplane flies fast and will slow down to a crawl for landing,much more than you would think for an airplane without wings. You are going to love it!
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Old 11-23-2005, 07:31 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Re Get a gear door kit fromPA

Help needed here for a Limey.

Who are PA ?

Old 11-23-2005, 07:56 AM
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PA = Philip Avonds

Old 02-02-2006, 12:02 PM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

The work is progressing slowly because I am measuring three times checking, agonising about fitting or cutting things in the wrong order before doing anything. One thing which I nearly got wrong even though it is highlighted in the build notes is making sure that the bulkheads and formers are a loose fit. Any force at all and the light glass mouldings distort very badly. I had a 12 mm bow in the main hatch on my first trial fit.
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Old 02-02-2006, 12:41 PM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Keep it up, I would like to see this thread!
Old 02-03-2006, 01:48 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

I've built one and painted a couple for friends. Flies great. The only modification I'd make is to the main gear mounts. They will break on a hard landing since they are ply and very long. I'd make them screw-in so you can chage them out at the field. As designed you have to cut the old ones out with a Dremel to change them. At least make a couple of spare sets for later.
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Old 02-03-2006, 07:40 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Was this the scale gear or the Springair standard fitment?



Old 02-04-2006, 10:25 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

whats avonds web address?? i have always liked the f-104 im instrested into looking into one myself
thanks donniercjet
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Hi

Philip's www address, he is a 100% person focused on providing good service

http://www.avonds.com/

Ian
Old 02-11-2006, 01:31 PM
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FLY....[X(]
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:45 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

The wings and tail are on and it is getting a blast of primer.
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:50 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

The temptation to go to town on the cockpit was resisted. Although I did spend time in ToysRus looking for a suitable alien or possibly a tiger.

Got it altogether for taxi trials yesterday at RAF Cottesmore. Thanks to Jason who spotted my BOOBOO on swapped gas and fuel lines.

It has been a long build but it is a good kit, things fit, the accessories are good and Philip Avonds has been quick to respond to any queries I have had.
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:53 AM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

I can not add the pics. I keep getting a read error message on the Forum index. Will add pics ASAP.
Old 07-31-2006, 01:02 PM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.


ORIGINAL: j.duncker

I can not add the pics. I keep getting a read error message on the Forum index. Will add pics ASAP.
Here's one I took yesterday at Cottesmore...

Cheers,

Dick
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Old 07-31-2006, 03:08 PM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Looks great ! It's on my list . I have a Supersport on the way . Let me know how it goes !

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Old 08-01-2006, 10:29 PM
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Here is my Avonds F-104

I built it over the course of 3 or 4 years lol, can't remember how long ago it was. It started out as a .91 DF for Dynamax. I-Nav "Mike" helped me finish it, I however still need to put the decals on and some black paint. Im flying it with a Simjet 1200/18 AES and it flys great! Good airframe, good turbine.
Thank you Mike!!!

Pics by my Wife Jill C. Canon Digital Rebel 400-100 IS zoom

Keep up the good work J. Duncker
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Um Duke,
Could you possibly WAY shrink those pics down in size? I can't see them on my monitor and it makes you have to scroll the entire page left to right to see everything
Thanks
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:10 AM
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OOops sorry about that Ill repost tomorow I don't have photoshop on this pc
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Maiden flight in primer 7th August at Long Marston. Empty weight 14.3 lbs [ 6.5 kg. ] CG on the button with the 1800 nimh RX pack in the nose. My idea of using a tube up the le for the aerial was shown to be a bad one when I did a range check. Whip aerial installed instead. Used the settings suggested in the manual including the flap>elevator mix.

All checks complete, I had run out of excuses and had to fly it. No problems except for a dutch roll on full flap if the speed was allowed to drop. The manual and other 104 flyers had warned of this so I was ready for it.

Despite knowing about the dutch roll problem I reduced the power at about 6 feet above ground and it was wobbling a little on touch down.

I lost the nose wheel on the landing roll out so that finished flying for the day.

Yippee, the missile with wings flys!

Thanks Mike for inviting me to your field.
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:47 PM
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Congrats ! So how are you going to paint it ?

Marc
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Default RE: Avonds F104G Starfighter build thread.

Hi mate

I have one of those. Was originally built in 1999 and has been flying ever since. I have an original AMT Mercury 7 kg for power and it weighs 9.1 kgs (20.2 lbs) dry. It is painted in 'The-witch-and-broomstick' colour scheme. The contrast White/Yellow/Black with stars work very well.

Enjoy, it's a great jet.

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John,

I have to say that Starfighter went great!

Perfect maiden flight and very well flown too.

well done.

Jason
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Here is the colour scheme I am working on. It was flown at one of the tiger meets and I believe it was the last Starfighter flown by 21 squadron.
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