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DaveJL

F-16CM, 480th FS, Inherent Resolve, 2016. Update 19/02

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Hello all,

 

Here is my next project - Tamiya's wonderful 1/48 F-16C, marked as a CM of the 480th Fighter Squadron (Spangdahlem AFB), during Operation Inherent Resolve in 2016.

 

Kit:

 

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Extras:

 

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Will be using Eduard Brassin GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), Pavla seat, Bullseye decals, Master brass pitot tube, Master static wicks, Sniper pod and a left sided Harm Targeting Sensor (HTS), both from Hasegawa Weapons set E. The kit will be armed with 2x AIM-120, 2x AIM-9X (both from the kit), 4x GBU-39, 2x GBU-38 (from the spares) and an ALQ-131 ECM pod (from the spares).

 

Here's the scheme i'll be going for:

 

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Dave

 

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1 hour ago, exdraken said:

Nice one in the pipeline!

 

Thanks mate, been planning it for a while!

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Made a brief start on this one earlier today. Cockpit assembled, along with the main landing gear bay/engine:

 

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Upper fuselage halves, with various parts added:

 

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NB; the fin housing normally has screws and some flat head pins to affix the tail fin, however these were missing from my kit so hopefully there won't be any issues fitting the parts without them. Underside, with landing gear bay attached:

 

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Ordnance:

 

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Few small bits of clean up required. The GBU-38s are from an Academy F-15E, Sniper and left side HTS are from Hasegawa Weapons set E, age SBDs and pylon are lovely examples from Eduard Brassin, the ALQ pod is from the spares (feels like Italeri plastic), the dual bomb rack for the -38s is from the spares and everything else is from the kit.

 

More soon.

 

Dave

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Why not have a go at this scheme?

 

LN3

 

She was unusual in the line at Lakenheath and caught me out. Don't you love those mission marks?

 

Martin ;)

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There is an option for that scheme on the decal sheet, however i'm not overly confident with applying the 'Have Glass' scheme to the model, so i plumped for the traditional scheme, with plenty of mission marks!

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More done. Cockpit painted:

 

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The airframe just fell together after that:

 

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Small touch of filler needed around the intake lip just to smooth things off. Think this is probably my fault as opposed to the kits!

 

More soon.

 

Dave

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