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Navy Bird

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  1. Hello again, My next project is my vote for the "I sure wouldn't want to meet one of those in a dark alley" category. The modifications made over the years have made the Sufa into the "A-10" of F-16s. It just plains looks like it wants a fight! I picked up one of the Hasegawa kits while I was in Hong Kong recently. The LHS had Sufas from both Hasegawa and Kinetic, but I surf the Internet too much, and decided not to tackle the numerous reported problems in the Kinetic kit. I say reported since I've done no study between the two of them, so who am I to judge? I also procured the photo-etched Eduard F-16I set, and the Skunkmodels IDF weapons set. So, let's get started! Numerous references state that the Israeli cockpits are painted black, but working with some photos it looks to me like only the sidewalls and consoles are black, with the floor of the tub in its usual FS36231 dark gull gray. After painting these appropriately, I applied the cockpit placards and the rudder pedals: As usual, I'm leaving out the bang seats, HUD, and any other fiddly stuff until the end when I'm least likely to break them off. Here is the best shot I could get of the AC vents and electrical panels on the wall behind the seats: The Eduard set provides an entirely new front wheel well, which certainly is an improvement from the kit. Here is the kit part and the Eduard replacement: Moving along with the construction, there were a few spots where filler was needed (mosty around the intake and the top of the dorsal spine). Both small and large mouth intakes are included with the kit (along with the appropriate exhausts). Since the Sufa uses the P&W engine, it's the small intake that is appropriate. You need to be careful to use the right one, and not to mix-n-match! You'll also see that Eduard has provided for numerous antennae and other vents and panels. You can see quite a few here on the underside of the fuselage in front of the intake in the previous picture. Here we come into our first judgment call. Should we really use these since they are out-of-scale? The thickness of the photoetch is 0.012". Since this is a 1:72 scale kit, that means that these scale up to over 3/4" which is obviously a bit much. But I decided to go along with it because I feel the added detail adds more to the model than the out-of-scale thickness. What is amazing to me is how well the conformal fuel tanks and the dorsal spine match the contours of the fuselage. As can be seen here, I did not have to resort to any filler. Next up is the detailing of the landing gear and main gear bay. In the real plane, there is a lot more going on here that what I've shown. But I think it's OK for a model of this scale, and my eyes aren't as young as they used to be. The biggest goof in the Hasegawa kit is the landing gear. The later block F-16s (including the Sufa) have the new heavy duty landing gear with much thicker legs. Hasegawa continues to use the original gear from the earliest F-16s (although they do provide bulged main gear doors). I made no attempt to fix this. I decided to model the Sufa with the speed brakes open, so out comes the razor saw. Once the individual brake panels are off, Eduard provides a photoetch piece to provide some idea of the cross-sectional structure. You really won't be able to see this once the kit is finished. Next comes proof that the old man really is getting old. I added the really nice photoetched details to the pylons and launch rails. These add some extra detail, but of course will never be seen again since I plan on mounting something on every one of these suckers. Oh well... Once I was satisfied with the construction of the fuselage, it's time to paint. I used ModelMaster FS36375 for the underside color, and also as a general primer for the overall plane. I touched up a few errors, re-scribed a few panel lines and then applied the topside camo colors. Here I used Gunze H313, H310, and H312 (which I later learned is the wrong green for the Sufa). Wingtip AMRAAM missile launch rails are FS36375, while the nose cone and numerous "bumps and lumps" on the fuselage are FS36320. I then added a coat of Future for the clear gloss effect prior to decal application. Once the decals were on, including squadron codes, badges, and stenciling, I added the lower speed brakes, and included the structural reinforcement plates from Eduard: And that is where we are for now! Cheers, Bill
  2. Very nicely done indeed, sir. May I assume that this is the A2Z resin kit? Cheers, Bill
  3. Just superb, fantastic. Words fail to describe the incredible job you've done. So in addition to chairing the NMF subcommittee, I assume you will also do the same for the Photoshop working group? Cheers, Bill
  4. Oh, by the way, simply stunning, amazing, incredible, unbelievable, precision craftsmanship. Let me go get my dictionary so I can find some more superlatives! Cheers, Bill
  5. Had a look through Damien Burke's book, including all of the flight test logs, and I don't see any mention of XR220 lifting off the runway in any of its taxi runs. After the cancellation, she was used for static noise tests for a while, and never really restored like XR222. So her condition today is authentic. Will you be adding the "bonkers" (explosive inertia exciters or lateral thrust units) to the fuselage? They were fitted to XR220, along with several accelerometers, for the flutter test program. The bonkers look like chamfered plates applied to various spots on the airframe (wingtips, fin, and tailplanes). These are often described by some authors as ECM modules, which they are not. Should be very easy to add with styrene card stock. Cheers, Bill
  6. Very nice job on one of my personal favorite naval aircraft. "When you're out of F-8s..." Well, you're never out of F-8s when there are such fine renditions as this one. Cheers, Bill
  7. Yes!!! Gannets rock! Oh, wait, you mean those Firefly thingies... Speaking of which, who exactly at Fairey Aviation was in charge of naming the aircraft? Bill
  8. I've just begun building the 1/72 Hasegawa F-16I Sufa, with the Eduard detail sets and the Skunkworks weapons. I hadn't thought about doing a WIP thread, but maybe I should for comparison. In any event, you're off to a good start with what looks like a challenging project. I don't have access to the reference material that you've shown, so your thread will help me correct any details that are wrong with the Hasegawa kit (and I'm sure there are plenty!). Keep up the good work! Bill
  9. Nice work so far! I'll be watching this with interest as I'm a big Gannet fan. I thought about folding the wings on my recent build, but chickened out at the last minute. Which kit is this that you're using? It looks like the 1/72 Revell offering? Cheers, Bill
  10. I absoutely love the red checkerboard scheme. I have the Trumpy 1/72 EE Lightning F.2A/F.6 kit in my stash - did 56 Squadron ever use those markings on the later marks? Was the kinked wing leading edge just on the F.2A/F.6? Cheers, Bill
  11. Hi mates, Just catching up on this thread. Very interesting discussion on the tinting of the windscreen and canopy transparencies. I've just picked up Damien Burke's excellent book "TSR2: Britain's Lost Bomber" and here is what is says on page 145: "The windscreen and quarter panels were glass, with gold film heating and demisting. The pilot's and navigator's canopies were mostly metal frmework with metal stressed skin and relatively small transparencies. Unlike the windscreen and quarter panels, these were not glass but a triple laminate of Perspex, once again with gold film heating/demisting." Sorry if this has already been posted and I missed it... Burke's book is incredibly detailed (hundreds of photos) and is the result of an immense amount of research. I can recommend it heartily to anyone interested in the TSR2. If I'm not mistaken, Burke is also responsible for the Thunder and Lightnings web site, or at least is a major contributor. Some excerpts from his book are on that site. Cheers, Bill
  12. Very nice job! Was the NMF done with Mr. Metal Color? Or the new Mr. Super Ultra Metal Color, or whatever they call it? Was the NMF sealed prior to decals? I think Gunze, er, GSI Creos recommends Mr. Metal Primer for a sealer over the metal colors. Sorry for all the questions, I'm on a quest for the perfect NMF process! Cheers, Bill
  13. Very nice indeed! I love the scheme, and your NMF looks fantastic! What did you use for the panel line wash? Was Alcad applied directly over Mr. Surfacer? I thought a very glossy surface was recommended, but yours looks beautiful. It has that in-service look to it, not the shiny polished look that some prefer. Good job! Cheers, Bill
  14. Absolutely spot on! Beautiful rendition of one the T-Bird's most elegant mounts. Congratulations! Cheers, Bill PS. What is your method for the low-angle close-ups?
  15. Very nice! Anyone know if this scheme (or anything similar) is available aftermarket in 1/72? I have the MPM kit, and decking it out in more colorful markings like this would be great. Cheers, Bill
  16. Very nice! I have this same kit in my stash, waiting to become a mate for the CF-18 Tiger Meet Hornet that I just finished. Glad to hear that the decals went on well; I'm always a bit concerned when I see that many decals! Cheers, Bill
  17. Nice job! I have a soft spot myself for FAA aircraft!
  18. Here is one I've been working on for a while, kind of on-and-off between other projects. Finally finished her up, and thought I would post some pictures. This is the 1/72 Revell offering, with all of its good and bad features, combined with Eduard photoetch. I decided early on that I wanted to do the kit without the drop tanks, as they're kind of boring. Here on Britmodeller there are some great reference shots of Tiffys with Paveway bombs and LITENING pod, so I decided on that along with AMRAAM and ASRAAM missiles. The Paveways are 500 pounders, purloined from an old Italeri F-117 kit. Every photo I have of a Paveway shows them painted a different way, so I just picked one of them. The model was painted overall Barley Gray (Gunze H334), with a light aircraft gray used for wheel wells and landing gear. I've seen several models that use white here, and although references mention both, the majority favor light gray. Extra structural details came from Eduard, along with the brake lines. By the way, 1/72 photoetch brake lines should be illegal. But I keep buying and bending them. The oleo scissors also come from Eduard, and they are a huge improvement over the molded items from the kit. I used Eduard's self-adhesive cockpit panels, and here I made a mistake that is pretty obvious. I noticed that the gray on the Eduard panels is actually a light blue-gray, and I should have painted the pit to match. But I followed my references and used FS36231. The is glaringly different, and it upsets the look of the finished pit. The photoetch for the bang seat is superb, even including textured cushions. I felt that a resin replacement wasn't necessary. Looking at all of my reference photos, the radome on RAF Typhoons seems to vary from virtually the same color as the airframe to something considerably darker. (Unlike the German planes where the radome is lighter.) I opted for a darker radome for contrast, trying to match one of the reference photos here on this site. The RAF planes are well-maintained, so I did not do any weathering other than a dark gray wash in the panel lines and wheel wells, and the obligatory ACU exhaust stain (done with pastel chalk). The decal sheet in the kit is really good, and everything went down well. Stenciling is provided for all of the armament and even the pylons. Nice job, Revell! The model is posed in an unlikely configuration. The dorsal speed brake is not likely to be open other than during landing, and certainly wouldn't be up if the engines are off. But it didn't fit well at all, so I posed it up. Modeller's license, I guess. Anyway, here she is. Enjoy! Cheers, Bill Cheers, Bill
  19. I've just acquired the 1/72 scale TSR.2, and now I have your work to live up to! Oh, dear... Cheers, Bill PS. Absolutely stunning work, Martin. Truly top of the pops.
  20. Well, the last surviving airworthy Gannet (at least that is how it's marketed) has a nickname of "Janet." But somehow, Janet the Gannet doesn't sound worthy of a warbird. Plus, it's obviously borrowed from the lyrics to "Billericay Dickie" by the late Ian Dury: I had a rendezvous with Janet Quite near the Isle of Thanet She looked more like a Gannet She wasn't half a prannet Her mother tried to ban it Her father helped me plan it And when I captured Janet She bruised her pomegranate Cheers, Bill
  21. Really nice, Mark. Superb job. Might I ask how the antenna in the canopy glass is made? Is that a separate piece of photoetch, or is it painted on? Cheers, Bill
  22. Thanks! The kit does not come with any weapons, which I thought was odd since the weapons bay was so detailed. FAA make a resin kit for the torpedo and sonobuoys. I really should think about adding this to my Gannet model, I think it will add a lot. Cheers, Bill PS. OK, you talked me into it - this looks much better! (Added photos to first post as well)
  23. I almost forgot... I don't know if this was intentional or not, but the Canadian Forces paint crew seemed to have included the obligatory large-bosomed babe into their tiger stripes (at the top of the slime light). Nice job, eh? Cheers, Bill
  24. I love unusual subjects, and the 1950s sure had their share of them! Nice work! Cheers, Bill
  25. Very nice! I hope we see many more of your posts. Excellent photography, something that I haven't quite figured out yet.
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