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Alan P

1/32 F-16 Double Bill! One down, one to go!

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Thanks a lot, Grae! Good to "see" you again as well!



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1 hour ago, FortyEighter said:

What a great step by step tutorial Alan!

Thanks FortyEighter, hope you find it useful! 



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It's a moment of relief when the masking comes off and everything's come out okay!

Especially pleased the walkway lines came out well. I backed them up with Eduard stencil masks for the walkway/no step markings:


Turkish one seems to be the furthest ahead, so I went ahead and finished it first.


GE nozzle finished:


The canopy came out really well in my opinion - maybe a bit too sparkly but just the right shade:


I used a mix of 20% Tamiya Clear Yellow, 5% Tamiya Gold, and 25% X-22 Gloss mixed with 50% Tamiya thinners and sprayed several light coats. Once dry, I oversprayed with a mix of 25% Clear Orange, 25% X-22 Clear Gloss and 50% Thinner. I'll definitely be using this for my Italeri F-35 (coming soon, spoiler alert!)



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Pressing ahead with the Turkish one:


Nice tail art! The downside of this scheme is that I don't have any decals for the Block 50+, so with the agreement of the customer, I'm finishing it in the "old" F-16D scheme which i think looks a lot better anyway! I made up a serial no. from other decals - the Turkish Block 50+ are built locally and have serial numbers that begin with order year as per US practice, and the first batch have serials that begin with 10-** So please don't go correcting me because I know, okay?!

Decalling complete:


I also went ahead and did all the ordnance in one go for both aircraft, including the swappable stores:


Including the stencils, I think I've laid over 400 individual decals! :boom:



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For some reason, I stopped taking photos as I was trying to get this finished by Monday. So we can time-lapse ahead to the finished article!


I'm very pleased with the cockpit, especially the Wide Angle Raster (WAR) HUD



Ordnance - the second pylon on each wing and the centreline station have magnetic attachments to allow changing the loads:


Airbrakes and parapack:






Flashy canopy:


Finished article!


I'll get some better pictures tomorrow in the daylight.



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