Based on the F-104C, it is a modified aircraft for NASA astronaut training. This aircraft is equipped with a rocket engine at the tail of the aircraft and RCS (Reaction Control System) at each part of the aircraft to train the aircraft control.
Movie “The Right Stuff”
Like the movie, the NF-104A was disassembled in the air, and Chuck Jaeger escaped.
The aircraft used in the movie is painted F-104G and is not equipped with a rocket engine. In addition, the ejection seat remains F-104G, which is different from the specifications of the face curtain handle (handle at the top of the seat), F-104C and F-104J.
Kinetic’s F-104G also includes parts for the F-104J, making it ideal as a base for the NF-104A. However, since the model art remodeling kit is for Hasegawa, there are some differences in dimensions from 1 mm to 2 mm, so adjustment is required.
The pilot used a resin figure in a pressure suit. Of course, sitting in the cockpit wasn’t taken into consideration at all, so it was quite difficult to fit in the cockpit. Both the seat side and the figure side have been sharpened considerably.