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  1. Hi, This is my latest build. An F-16A wearing my favourite paint scheme, a F-16A Netz from Israeli Air Force. I used : - Hasegawa kit - CMK cockpit - Aires wheel bay (splendid...) - Aires exhaust nozzle - Master Model pitot - Wolfpack Design conversion kit - Eduard masks - IsraDecal decals Enjoy! Nico
  2. Images of the 50th Tac Fighter Wing team at the Gunsmoke air-to-ground weapons competition at Nellis AFB, October 1983. Some will remember that these markings were in Hasegawa's first issue of their long running F-16A kit in 1/72nd scale. 80-0561 81-0666 81-0672 81-0682 81-757 Thanks for looking, Sven
  3. Vipers of the 89th Tac Fighter Squadron, 906th Tac Fighter Group, Air Force Reserve out of Wright-Patterson AFB. At Nellis AFB for the Red Flag 91-3 large force exercise, May 1991. 79-0354 79-0380 80-0474 80-0480 80-0513 80-0515 80-0517 Thanks for looking, Sven Old Viper Tester
  4. Started this little project Sept last year but then gave way for all other 1/48 and 1/72. Finally got everything else done and completed this 5th aircraft. Simple kit with very less parts, cockpit is simple and leave some room for modeller to improve, I did the basic addition and not in details. During the build I accidentally broke the plastic pitot hence changed to a metal one - BUT, I still managed to fell it down from my hand to the working table and blend it. WIP is here : Together with the F-22A Hope you like it, thanks for viewing. Comments are welcome. Regards Ernest
  5. Vipers of the 466th Tac Fighter Squadron, 419th Tac Fighter Wing, Air Force Reserve out of Hill AFB, participating in the Red Flag 91-3 large force exercise, May 1991. 78-0021 78-0025 78-0027 78-0053 78-0065 78-0068 78-0074 79-0348 Thanks for looking, Sven Old Viper Tester
  6. Here is my contribution to the group build. I have finally got around to building aircraft that I have worked on during my RAF career. During my tour out in Germany, at RAF Gutersloh, I worked in the Radar/Comms/Recce Bay and part of my duties was to download and replenish the camera systems of several NATO aircraft types, including Dutch F-16s that visited Gutersloh. This was known as Exercise Ample Gain, which was an ongoing training exercise in the 80's to train for the possibility of the Russian horde decided to invade Europe - Gutersloh was one of the nearest NATO air bases to the East German border and so would be the place where aircraft would refuel and rearm etc. Every year I would go to the RNLAF air base at Volkel (306 Sqn) to be retrained which was great fun! I picked the Italeri NATO Fighter boxing as it contains decals for a 306 Sqn aircraft, which was the sqn I trained with, and luckily, DACO Products make a 1/48 Orpheus pod (they actually supply two in the pack so if anyone else is after one I am sure we could come to some arrangement) so I can reproduce one of the aircraft that I possibly worked on (I didn't keep tail numbers! 😊. I normally replace the seat with a resin one and use Eduard's Cockpit Zoom set but this is the first time I have bought a resin exhaust. Looking forward to starting this very soon. Mick
  7. Hi all another model from old Italeri mold finished. Yes, there are a lot better F-16s on the market, but those are still worth to be done, as at the end represents this nice plane quite fine (with all existing flaws....but) I wanted to do this colorful version for a long time, and now it is done. I tried to do small corrections, like drilling intake duct and make it deeper, adding cockpit details, relocate horizontal tail surfaces to more correct position....and some other minor details. Colors are AK, with minimal weathering as i wanted to have this one clean as possible in balance with beautiful tail decal. Not to bother you more, i hope you will like it, best regards, Djordje
  8. Some images of Full Scale Development F-16A 75-0750 Advanced Fighter technology Integration test bed. During display at three Edwards AFB Open House. October 1982 Stores separation camera housing beneath the rear fuselage. October 1984 - sensor pods added at the wing roots. October 1991 - Ejection seat upgrade and IRST added between the radome and cockpit. Thanks for looking, Sven
  9. The 428th Tac Fighter Squadron, the Buccaneers, of the 474th Tac Fighter Wing at Nellis had just completed converting from the F-4D to the F-16A/B in the Spring of 1981. Some of her Phantoms went to the 429th and 430th squadrons temporarily, but eventually they all went the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Units. 79-0333 79-0339 79-0343 79-0348 79-0350 79-0361 79-0363 79-0365 79-0366 79-0368 79-0370 79-0373 79-0375 79-0421 Thanks for looking, Sven
  10. F-16A, USAF s/n 80-0550, was allocated off the production line to the F-16 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB as a stability and control, loads and flutter test airframe. I say flutter as one of the flight test disciplines, though in the '80s, the adage was that "the F-16 did not experience flutter" but, instead, limit cycle oscillations (LCO). So when you saw that wing tip vibrating away, it was the digital flight controls unable to keep up with the aerodynamic forces that were bending that wing - still looked like flutter to me. October 1982 - fitted with engineering mock-ups of the LANTIRN navigation and targeting pods testing aircraft flying qualities with the pods fitted and the airframe structural response. A lucky shot as we barrel rolled over him to set up for a test point. Gives a good view of the arrangement of load distribution straps and attachment fittings for the spin recovery parachute quadrapod. January 1983 - Continued LANTIRN pod effects testing. October 1983 - After being fitted with an F-16C vertical tail. February 1990 - Deeper pylons to accommodate AIM-7 Sparrows for testing compatibility with the F-16C configuration. January 1991 - Fitted with the spin recover parachute quadrapod Not '550 (she is in the background), but an image of the full spin recovery parachute apparatus. The red and blue canister contains the parachute and the deployment mortar. The parachute attachment harness comes out of a slot beneath the red canister section and attached to the quadrapod. The attachment fittings and straps on the fuselage distribute the forces from the deployed parachute so that the aft fuselage doesn't get ripped away when the chute yanks the tail up while the aircraft is falling through the air out of control. Thanks for looking, Sven
  11. I was very impressed with the Italeri kit, nice detail and apart from the radome it fitted together really well. Colours all from Tamiya rattle cans; AS-7, AS-26 and AS-27. I made the Sidewinder training rounds simply by cutting off the fins and sanding the stumps down. It's definitely made me want to make more F-16s!
  12. F-16A Vipers of the 388th Tac Fighter Wing out of Hill AFB, representing the 12th Air Force at Gunsmoke '83 air-to-ground weapons competition, Nellis AFB, October 1983. 81-0763 81-0764 81-0768 81-0781 82-0905 Thanks for looking, Sven
  13. A pair of F-16As of the 4th Tac Fighter Squadron, 388th Tac Fighter Wing out of Hill AFB visiting Nellis AFB, August 1980. 79-0290 - wing commander and naming ceremony jet 79-0291 Thanks for looking, Sven
  14. F-16A Vipers of the 10th Tac Fighter Squadron out of Hahn AB at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 84-3, April 1984. 81-0700 81-0710 81-0738 Thanks for looking, Sven
  15. Big thanks to Rui Silva for creating a GB Banner that include all the nordic countries. By asking for it and promising to participate in the GB makes me obliged to get a F-16 out of the stash and give it a go. It's been quite some time since I built and finished my last kit but I'll give it a try. The subject is a F-16A, pre-MLU, Fujimi 1/72 kit. The Norwegian F-16s have a rather simple camo, and weathering is also not that prominent due to regularly cleaning 🙂. The decals does not include the squadron fin flashes so I probably will manage without. Otherwise my squadron of choice would have been the 338. Well, here are some pictures:
  16. Some rather bland Vipers of the 363rd Tac Fighter Wing out of Shaw AFB. Representing the 9th Air Force at Gunsmoke '83 Competition, Nellis AFB, October 1983. 79-0398 80-0511 80-0524 80-0531 Thanks for looking, Sven
  17. A question for those more familiar with the various F-16 kits out there, specifically ESCI's F-16A as compared against the Revell kit. I wanted to get a Revell F-16A kit and as the only ones currently available are the MLU versions, I picked up an ESCI F-16A kit. It is very well done with respect to surface details. There are a few areas that I will tweak with some aftermarket bits, but overall a well done kit, especially when you consider how long ago it was when the kit was issued. That brings me to my question. Does the ESCI kit represent a very, very early A? Particularly when it comes to the area that is directly behind the cockpit and including the rear portion of the canopy? I ask as when compared to the Revell kit, ESCI in this area is flat and there is no "step", while Revell (and other kits) has a "step": ESCI Revell If someone could clear this up for me that would be most helpful.
  18. While chompin' at the bit, waiting for the Mustang GB to begin Dec 14th, so I can jump in with the Piper Enforcer, and as we are approaching the end of another year, I thought it might be a good time to take another trip in the Wayback Machine, back to a time when the now old and venerable F-16 family were just getting started. All these models were built decades ago, and I forget some of the details. Also, the blankety-blank Microscale Clear enamel topcoats have yellowed, and there's a little dust, but here goes anyway. First up, the F-16A, in an early scheme: Next, the two-seat version, the F-16B: These were both made from the same kit (can't remember which one) that allowed you to build either an A or B models. The decals were from an early Microscale offering which provided the tons of light grey stripes needed. Also, the same type of kit was used to help mod the next offerings, the F-16XL family: Busy little bugger on the bottom side, isn't it. These F-16XL's are of course the Monogram kits much modded, according to an old article in one of the IPMS USA mags. Still have it kicking around somewhere. I think I could find it if anyone needs a scanned copy... The model has to have the intake moved further back under the fuselage, a hump added to the top, the rear end kicked up a few degrees, and a few other things. Even more fun is the F-16XL #2, done up in the Ferris-Heatly "as above, so below" type paint scheme: Note the dot on the nose gear door, to spoof the image of the rear-seater's helmet, as well as the upside-down star and bar on the fuse near the rear Sparrow missile on both sides, not to mention the black and white shadings on the rear fuse, to spoof looking at the vertical stabilizer upside down. A very unusual scheme and a variant rarely seen! Up you enjoyed our little journey back in time, and any comments or questions are always welcome; as well as are any criticisms (other than those about yellowing or dust!). Ed
  19. F-16s of the 311th Tac Fighter Training Squadron out of Luke AFB at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 84-2. 78-0020 78-0026 78-0042 79-0305 Thanks for looking, Sven
  20. Is anyone aware of a decal sheet that offers markings for an ND ANG F-16? Ideally, I'd like to do a 2 seater. One of my stumbling blocks has been to find this marking: That Rough Rider is very elusive. I found a set of decals from Repli Scale, but the Rough Rider decal was intended for the tail, so too big. If any one can help, I'd appreciate it.
  21. F-16s of the Peace Carvin I training detachment attached to the 311th Tac Fighter Training Squadron, 58th Tac Training Wing at Luke AFB. Seen Nellis AFB for a range exercise, October 1989. 87-0397 87-0398 87-0399 87-0400 Emblem carried on the left side, opposite the 58TTW shield. The emblem incorporates the 311TFTS "snake". Thanks for looking, Sven
  22. A couple of Vipers of the 34th Tac Fighter Squadron (The Rams), 388th Tac Fighter Wing out of Hill AFB. On the Andrews AFB transient line, November 1987. 82-0989 82-1008 Thanks for looking, Sven
  23. Hello F-16A Fighter, scale 1:32 by Kangnam. I built the model for over a year. The elements were poorly folded, so I had to bend a little to make the model look something. Flags on both sides, I painted from masks. The antenna, lights and static charge scatterers are not set. Ventilation holes behind the plot and the ones on the opposite side, I cut out the laser in a 0.8mm plaque. Then profiled the plate and pasted into place. The wind deflector was ground and polished. Nice watch.
  24. Another from the 6512th Test Squadron Bozo Fleet Over the then new Edwards control tower Thanks for looking, Sven
  25. 78-0064 of the F-16 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center. Digital Electronic Engine Control testing, February 1983 August 1983 Penguin integration testing, 1987. Non-standard location of the AFFTC shield on the tail where the AF Systems Command shield should be located. No longer a test jet and relegated to test support with the 6512th Test Squadron, November 1991. September 1992, AF Systems Command is no more and the AFFTC is now part of AF Materiel Command, hence the change in tail shield. Thanks for looking, Sven
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