Hobby Master HA1036 CF-104 Starfighter Toothbrush 104805 421 Squadron, CAF, 1983 1/72
Hobby Master 1/72 LCF-104 Starfighter "Toothbrush" 104805, 421 Squadron, CAF, 1983 HA1036
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-Sollingen, 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-Sollingen. The scheme came to be known as the Toothbrush because of the fuselage marking.