Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
CF-104 Starfighter "Toothbrush"
104805, 421 Squadron, CAF, 1983
Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pad applied markings.
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.
The RCAF received their first CF-104 in March 1962. Although originally designed as a
supersonic interceptor the Canadian Air Force used it primarily for low level strike and
reconnaissance. The Canadian version of the F-104 was capable of carrying a ventral
mounted Vinten Vicon pod with 4 cameras inside for reconnaissance picture taking.
On September 4, 1963 number 12900 was the 200th and final CF-104 produced and
entered service on January 10, 1964. The CF-104 retired from service in 1985 when it
was replaced by the CF-18 Hornet. Over the 25 years of active service 110 aircraft were
lost to accidents earning it nicknames like "Widow Maker" and "Lawn Dart". The RCAF
CF-104 probably had the most flying time of any variant with an average of 6,000 hours
per plane over their life time compared to the Luftwaffe's 3,000 hours.
CF-104 12805 CL-90 c/n 683A-1105, made it's maiden flight on June 12, 1962 and was
delivered to the RCAF on November 1, 1962. In 1970 CF-104s were given new serial
numbers and 12805 became 104805. In 1983 as part of the 421st Squadron / 1 CAG
based at Baden-S�llingen, 104805 was given a red paint scheme with an Indian motif to
celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 421st Squadron and the 30th Anniversary of CFB
Baden-S�llingen. The scheme came to be known as the "Toothbrush" because of the