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  1. and onto the first poor fit of the build The two outer sections of the intake (I1 & I2) were clamped across the lugs on the inner sections while the glue set but there is a noticeable gap along the centre (and also underneath). If the front edges are squeezed together to close the gap then the overall width is slightly less than the width of the cowl (I12) - as this seam can't be seen once it is in situ, filler will be employed. The underside seam can also be filled but will need some rescribing afterwards. I don't know if the error is mine but I've not had gaps like this when building a Kinetic P&W (narrow) intake. I need to look at the cockpit before I can join the fuselage halves as it is fouling the underside and stopping the two parts meeting properly - that will be down to me! Mike
  2. Hi Pappy I've not built a Tamiya viper (and don't have one in the stash) so can't comment on their similarity. But, knowing how some kits bear a striking resemblance to others I'm not surprised by your comment. Mike
  3. Totally agree, I've used one Quinta 48th set but did manage to buy that when Ebay was offering a big discount
  4. A re-post from last year's Nordic GB: RNoAF F-16AM #671 as displayed at Tiger Meet 2009 (Kleine Brogel) but modelled as seen at Red Flag 15-2. Build thread is here
  5. Well if I do it will certainly be Polish, either a 48th F-16C or a 32th F-16D but in the latter case don't think I could justify £45 for a Quinta cockpit set
  6. In theory (if the models are accurate) any etch would fit any model but of course that doesn't always work This time there were no serious issues apart from the two bits that wouldn't fit but it looks the part and I'm not going to "rivet count" against an actual photo. This is the first wide mouth I've built, the intake isn't that much bigger but there are some fit issues re the intake on this kit which I've not experienced with a Kinetic P&W version (more details and photo vto follow) Mike
  7. Strangely, I was looking at those decals recently as I have the parts to build a Block 52+ "C" but haven't decided yet whether to commit to starting a third F-16
  8. The cockpit has been finished using an Eduard etch set (Designed for the F-16I Sufa but it's the only two seater etch for a Kinetic kit) and a start on the intake sections (the fan for this PW powered version is the right hand one) More to come over the weekend. Mike
  9. And the build is off with a cockpit using Eduard etch (theoretically for the Tamiya kit but no problems with the fit apart from missing out the two l-shaped panels either side of the main centre panel as there was no room under the hood): I've also been working on the intake for this and the Polish F-16D: The two intake fans are very different (GE version on the left). Mike
  10. Nice choice I've built a RNLAF "Diana" (in 48th) and still have the decals for the Italian version, maybe one day.... Mike
  11. At least you can't get a Quinta Studio cockpit set for this entry, so it won't be eggspensive!
  12. A great looking cockpit! I've used a Quinta set on an F-16D (that is in the paint shop) but decided for this group build to go down the cheaper Eduard route. as I'm building at least two aircraft. Mike
  13. A good start Rich, that loadout looks heavy! I'm sure I read somewhere that the Israeli Air Force refuels its Sufas after take off as otherwise they couldn't get off the ground with the armament they carry. Mike
  14. And onto the engines, no grumbles here - they fit together easily I've deviated from the instructions at steps 72, 73, 74 and have NOT glued the covers to the front ring. The cylinders are also just a push fit in the engine at top right at the moment (obviously they wouldn't go in if the rear cowling ring had been glued in place). My thinking is that painting the camo will be a lot easier with minimal masking required and then they can be glued up. Mike Updates might slow down from now as the F-16 GB has just started.
  15. Hi Dave, Totally agree and I'm inclined to go this way. L6739 was struck off charge in Dec 1940, about the time 23 Sqn swapped to Night Intruder operations. So whilst with the squadron it would presumably have been in the black / white underside scheme. Mike
  16. This is probably one of the best Polish Tiger schemes, did the decals come with masks?
  17. Will look forward to how the Quinta Studio interior works in this scale - have used their F-16D in 48th, very easy to apply with a spot of PVA. I suspect your aftermarket parts have at least doubled the cost of this build
  18. Fuselage now closed up: A bit of persuasion was needed to get the lower fuselage to fit round the front of the bomb bay (A20) - I think this has slightly flexed the cockpit sides so let's hope the two clear sections will still fit neatly (masks for these arrived today). Some reviews online have the clear canopy sections attached to each fuselage half at an early stage - is this a better course of action?? The bomb bay cover (B11) is narrower than the bomb bay and slightly longer, so the fit isn't perfect and is hard to remedy - this has been mentioned in one online build and the fit issue can be seen on another even though it wasn't mentioned. The top panel (B6) is also of a slightly different size to the hole it covers. I couldn't resist making up the turret (less clear parts) and a couple of points to watch here; firstly the angle of the seat is critical as otherwise the assembly won't go into the fuselage (well it would but certainly wouldn't come out again as the seat would flex on the way in and then be trapped) - I ended up glueing the bottom front of the seat to the support (A22). I'm also not sure whether it matters which way round part A4 is attached to the fuselage floor; my turret sat a bit high as if the pivot lug at the bottom (on B31) was not properly aligned with the hole in A4, so in the end I just cut it off. I'm not sure when Airfix did their research for this model but there are two errors in the clear cockpit mouldings compared to the preserved aircraft: The third underside window on the starboard side (G11) is a large clear window in videos from 2015 but is moulded as a small observation window. On the port side the instruction is to use G4 but the second window down on this looks like a "letterbox" which it isn't on the preserved aircraft (the unused part G12 is a correct match). Whichever port side piece is used, the final window on the underneath is frosted and should be clear for the preserved aircraft. Does anyone know what these windows looked like on actual WWII aircraft?? (Good pictures are so far eluding me). I've done some work on the engines but will post about them later. Mike
  19. And onto the wings: Waiting for assembly Starboard completed and Port half finished And a few pointers if you are building this kit: The completed wheel assemblies are a very tight fit into the lower wing and the rear pit walls (A31, A32) needed some sanding to their front faces to sit properly - I also clamped theses firmly whilst the glue set as the two wings halves in my kit had different dihedrals (not an issue as I progressively glued and clamped until I'd worked all the way round the edges). Also the tops of the pit firewalls (C39) needed some sanding to get the nacelle halves to mate properly. Oh yes, when fixing the lower nacelles (B16, B17) they are naturally slightly narrower than the opening - beware and push outwards as the glue sets. None of the above is a major issue but I'm highlighting them as stages in the build that are best double-checked. Mike
  20. Just catching up with this build Davey, will be interesting to compare Airfix's offerings in the two scales. Mike
  21. Starboard decals are finished: and engines have been repainted in a mix of Tamiya X5 and Gunze H26. In this view the colour match is acceptable BUT being laser decals the colour of the "Frontier" does change shade depending on how the light hits it. Will give the engines another 24h before masking them to spray the pylons and hot sections. Mike
  22. Detail inside the starboard fuselage is minimal: and the radio stack probably won't be easy to see once the turret and cover behind it are in place.
  23. That's some serious extras Rich, which should really enhance your Sufa. Will follow with interest as I've got the same kit and could be tempted to start it. Mike
  24. Rich, if the link works this is what 4082 looked like by the time it reached Norway When it took off from Poland it was as per the box art. PS With mixing and matching between boxes I could build a Polish F-16C that also went to Orland in 2013 and then of course there is a 1/32 Academy Sufa waiting patiently in the cupboard to become a Polish F-16D.
  25. A couple of days work and the cockpit is finished (but needs a wash to complete it) The Eduard instrument panel is quite different to any I've used before, the "glass" for each instrument in this etch is slightly domed rather than being flat, which gives a better effect. So far the fit has been very good but getting the completed assembly into the port fuselage did require some clamping and I'm not convinced the lower seam is going to be parallel to the centreline without a bit more clamping....time will tell. Mike
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