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James V

1/32 Scale Academy F-16I Sufa

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Hi All,

My first hopefully completed GB on here, I have failed miserably in the past!

I am using the Academy F-16I Sufa kit, complete with the following resin upgrades:

Wolfpack F-16I Sufa Cockpit set

Wolfpack F-16I Sufa Exterior Set

Aires Burner Can

Wheeliant F-16I Bulged Wheel Set.

I have cleaned all the parts down and have primed the resin parts as I intend to get these out the way first, possibly the weapons too as I always hate doing them at the end!

First up is the standard box shot of the resin. I am not going to bother with the sprue shots as frankly there is LOADS of plastic and you would just die of boredom! What is interesting though is the inclusion on AIM-9X's in the kit so these will be used on my F-15C/E in the future!

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You will also see the burner can and Wheeliant Wheels in this shot, both are simply stunning and worth every penny!

I have also started the Cockpit; this consists of a resin block which is frankly superb! If you have one of these ktis, just invest in one of these, you will not be disappointed! The resin block also fits like a glove and with the exception of removing the block off the underside, you will not need to carry out any major surgery as it is already done for you!

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The kit wheel wells - Primed and ready to go. Note the joins need to be cleaned up on this one!

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Upper fuselage - complete with conformal tanks. These fitted well but I found a bit of cyno acryli was needed to ensure they were glue in place as one one location pin is included which makes locating the exact spot difficult!

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Just to show you the fit of the cockpit, as it stands at the moment!!

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More soon guys

Also the top spine has a minor lip on it, where a little surgery and re scribing will be required.

Edited by James V

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i second the wheeliant wheels i used them on my big tomcat that can be found lurking unfinished on top of the wardrobe

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That cockpit looks fantastic even for 1/32! I hope the fit is a bit better than its little brother!

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Guys,

Bit of an update.

The cockpit in now in and painted for the first stage. I Must admit the fit was excellent with no major surgey being require which was a bonus. The cockpit itself was finished with a mixture of Gunze Paints (H77, H308), Citadel Skull White, Blood Red & Sunset Yellow, Burnt Umber and Paynes Grey Washes, and a subtle and VERY light drybrush with Humbrol Enamel (Hu85). You cannot really see much in the pictures but it does look very good.

The fit of the fuselage was a little disappointing but nothing a bit of fullier does not sort out. I have also added on the Wolfpack "exterior" set as well, not much to it, but it makes the difference. There is still a bit more tidying jobs to do on the airframe before priming but I'll let the pictures do the talking tonight...

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Nice work on a tough kit. I agree, very nice detail on the Wheelaint F-16 Block 52+ wheels, though they did dish the main hubs too much and the tread area is too square. The later can be fixed with some contour sanding. One thing all these Block 52+ wheel sets (including 48th) are missing, is an accurate wider NLG lower fork.

You should know that the Aires Exhaust you have is the wrong one. The F-16I uses the Prat F-100-229 Exhaust. The Aires Exhaust you have is a GE F110. Accurate/correct for an IAF F-16C/D BARAK, but not the SUFA.

Mike V

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Right a small update this evening - I have done a little more since these photos were taken in the shape of the nose being painted and the undersides being painted grey but the camouflage in about 95% completed on the upper surface, I just need to tidy some bits and bobs up on it... It was done via the Blu-Tack method and loads of Kip tape!

First - the camouflage

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I have also completed the cockpit minus a few switches and the eection seats (Still WIP)

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Wheels - I really like these - All that is left is to paint the undercarrige and add the air caps to the wheels

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More soon!

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Wow, this has come on in leaps and bounds, very nice indeed! Those wheels are superb.

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Thank you for the kind comments guys and girls

Just a quick note to Mike V (only just noticed it) - I have ditched the resin exhaust and gone back to the old one!

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I do hope those tires are inflated to the manufacturers intended pressure? Camo looks better than the Barak dude, nailed it! Now, lets see the seats!!

Adam

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That's looking really good James - fine work

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Thank you for the kind comments guys and girls

Just a quick note to Mike V (only just noticed it) - I have ditched the resin exhaust and gone back to the old one!

Good call; save the Aires GE Exhaust for a Block 30 or 50 project, as it's a well done piece.

I do hope those tires are inflated to the manufacturers intended pressure? Camo looks better than the Barak dude, nailed it! Now, lets see the seats!!

Adam

If they were sclaed up, they'd be going back to the maufacture for grossly over done side wall Font thickness which would prevent the gear doors from closing all the way, and treading that's so deep, it goes into the cord body :winkgrin:

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Guys,

More of an update - Spent most the day doing housework and decalling - Well actually more decalling - It is slowly taking shape and I am really happy with it. I have the stencils on the underside to complete, plus the weapon load, which is now painted and ready to go!

The cockpit is almost completed - Note the over aggressive decal solution which has melted the decal and some of the paint - Got to sort that out somehow!

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Still loads more to do before my goal of getting it completed by RAF Waddington Airshow, but I will get there!

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That's coming along nicely, shame about the decal solution. Which was it? 2 weeks before Waddington fella, plenty of time!

Adam

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Thanks Dave,

Cheers for the kind comment - Really enoyed building this one and It goes to its new home soon

Bit disappointed the the lack of comments on BM - You seem to have to be inthe click to get interest (it seems), but then again I have not commented on many on here, so probably my fault!

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What a beast! Impressive modelling, really great finish there, it'd be good to see your and Dave's together on table! Love the warry loadout on those Israeli F-16's.

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Hello James,

Only just seen this.{ I do come to the lower echelons of the BM forums but missed it due to exigencies of duties }. :shrug: :coolio:

Your F-16I Sufa is mighty STUNNING. :heart: :heart::heart:

it is beautifully painted and the detailing is OUTSTANDING.

LOVE the flight deck/cockpit and it really is SUPERB.. :yikes: :thumbsup:

I LOVE it.. { I agree about the clique set but I am not in any one of them ! :evil_laugh::tomato: }.

EXQUISITE finish and your work is EXEMPLARY..

WOW !! KUDOS ... :worthy::worthy::worthy: :worthy: :worthy::worthy::worthy::worthy:

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