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  1. I have been planning to build an Spangdahlem F-4G for some time and got a set of decals for this. The pack included a set of Sharmouth decals for the other half of the mid 80s hunter killers pair, the F-16C block 30. Now I have built a few F-16s in the last year or so and had saved one kit with a view to using these decals. Equipped with Shrikes and Aim 9s but before the full on block 50 Weasel F-16s, this is how she turned out Now the kit. It’s an old ESCI A model. I took off the rear stabilisers and replaced them with the standard larger ones and tilted them up. I opened the airbrakes, scratch improved the cockpit and wheel wells. Plus various other little bits. Decals are a mix of ESCI kit stencils and Xtradecal Spang set. The ECM pod is the best I could find. I seem to have mislaid my ALQ 131 pod - it will turn up at some point. Hope you like it - thanks for looking
  2. Joining you with this Academy 1/72 F-16C kit, Costing me £8 from an IPMS colleague. Bought 2016. Instructions. Parts. The only option is deciding which number aircraft.
  3. F-16Cs 83-1143 and 88-0445, 6516th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. Ready to taxi out for a radar test mission. '445 is the test jet and carries a centerline pod containing high-speed radar data recording equipment - the orange stripe indicates the pod carried unique test equipment. While '143 was a test jet in its own right, on this mission it is being used as a radar target for '445. General Dynamics crews and maintenance personnel were part of the F-16 Combined Test Force at Edwards (part of the "Combined" unit monicker) - and they still are today as Lockheed Martin Fort Worth. The F-16 test fleet was split between General Dynamics and USAF maintenance teams, '143 and'445 were GD maintained jets at this time. The pilots are USAF assigned to the 6516th Test Squadron. The Israeli jet (301, USAF s/n 86-1598) in the background was testing the Peace Marble II (Block 30) configuration for that Foreign Military Sales program. Cockpit checks. GD crew chief on the intercom. Engine start. Chocks away. '445 crew chief signaling brakes/hold. '143 crew chief signaling begin taxi. Brakes checked and out of the parking spot. The crew chief has done the check for leaks and gives the thumbs up. Thanks for looking, Sven
  4. F-16Cs 83-1143 and 88-0445, 6516th Test Squadron, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. Ready to taxi out for a radar test mission. '445 is the test jet and carries a centerline pod containing high-speed radar data recording equipment - the orange stripe indicates the pod carried unique test equipment. While '143 was a test jet in its own right, on this mission it is being used as a radar target for '445. General Dynamics crews and maintenance personnel were part of the F-16 Combined Test Force at Edwards (part of the "Combined" unit monicker) - and they still are today as Lockheed Martin Fort Worth. The F-16 test fleet was split between General Dynamics and USAF maintenance teams, '143 and'445 were GD maintained jets at this time. The pilots are USAF assigned to the 6516th Test Squadron. The Israeli jet (301, USAF s/n 86-1598) in the background was testing the Peace Marble II configuration for that Foreign Military Sales program. Cockpit checks. GD crew chief on the intercom. Engine start. Chocks away. '445 crew chief signaling brakes/hold. '143 crew chief signaling begin taxi. Brakes checked and out of the parking spot. The crew chief has done the check for leaks and gives the thumbs up. Thanks for looking, Sven
  5. F-16Cs of the 19th Tac Fighter Squadron, 363rd Tac Fighter Wing out of Shaw AFB. Red Flag 90-5, Nellis AFB, July 1990. 83-1136 84-1214 84-1220 84-1225 84-1227 84-1229 84-1231 84-1235 84-1242 84-1272 Thanks for looking, Sven
  6. F-16Cs of the 63rd Tac Fighter Training Squadron, 56th Tac Training Wing out of MacDill AFB at Red Flag 91-3, May 1991. 85-1560 87-0273 87-0276 87-0289 87-0290 - Wing commander's bird 87-0338 87-0342 88-0397 88-0410 Thanks for looking, Sven
  7. Visiting the USAF side of Carswell AFB during a visit to General Dynamics, October 1992. F-16C/Ds of the 457th Fighter Squadron, 301st Operations Group, Air Force Reserve. 83-1141 83-1147 83-1155 83-1157 84-1214 84-1216 84-1226 84-1227 84-1231 84-1235 84-1240 84-1242 84-1245 84-1248 84-1272 84-1301 84-1320 85-1421 Thanks for looking, Sven
  8. Hello fellow modellers, I like exotic schemes on airplanes, Indonesia has a beautiful edition of the F-16 in magnificent colors, better than the standard dull gray colors. The Tamiya kit is a joy to build, what a fantastic fitting. As extras I have placed an Aires Resin cockpit, the AGM-65 Mavericks and Aim-9J Sidewinders are from Eduard. At the end of last year I had this kit ready ... below some pictures, enjoy.
  9. Vipers of the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Tactical Fighter Weapons Center out of Nellis AFB, conducted an evaluation of the F-16's suitability in the close air support mission (as a potential replacement for the A-10?). They were accompanied in the exercise by an F-16B, 75-0752, technical development airframe with sensor modifications operated by General Dynamics. The 422nd Vipers were: 83-1128, 83-1129, 83-1130, 83-1131, 83-1144, and 84-0267. USAF images. 83-1128 83-1129 83-1131 83-1144. I don't think the two-seater in the background is '752 - there's no FLIR ball atop the nose, but I haven't found a record of a USAF B/D participating in the CAS Eval. Forward-Looking infra-Red/laser spot tracker (FLIR/LST) pod on F-16Cs Forward-Looking infra-Red (FLIR) sensor on F-16B 75-0752. The continuation of the aft fairing is on the canopy frame. GPU-5 (GEPOD-30) cannon pod on 83-1144. AGM-65 on LAU-117/A launcher Apologies if I've already posted these. I recently found two additional slides and couldn't find the original post (if it existed). Thanks for looking, Sven
  10. Vipers of the 68th Tac Fighter Squadron, 347th Tac Fighter Wing out of Moody AFB. At Nellis AFB for the Red Flag 91-3 large force exercise, May 1991. 89-2058 89-2060 89-2064 89-02068 89-2069 89-2077 89-2078 89-2083 89-2086 89-2087 Thanks fo looking, Sven
  11. Some newly delivered F-16Cs temporarily assigned to the F-16 Fighter Weapons School, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing at Nellis. Awaiting authorization for the 64th Aggressor Squadron to relinquish their F-16As and take on F-16Cs? 86-0251 86-0271 86-0272 87-0319 87-0321 87-0323 87-0325 87-0327 Thanks for looking, Sven
  12. F-16Cs of the 72nd Tac Fighter Training Squadron, 56th Tactical Training Wing out of MacDill AFB. At Nellis AFB for Red Flag exercise, June 1991. 85-1549 85-1551 85-1554 85-1556 85-1562 85-1564 Thanks fo looking, Sven
  13. F-16Cs of the 314th Tac Fighter Training Squadron, 58th Tac Training Wing out of Luke AFB. At Nellis AFB for Red Flag 90-5, July 1990. 85-1427 85-1437 85-1439 85-1441 85-1445 Thanks for looking, Sven
  14. Vipers of the 19th Tac Fighter Squadron out of Shaw AFB at Nellis AFB for Red Flag exercise 91-4, June 1991. 88-0502 89-2079 89-2004 89-2085 89-2089 89-2091 Thanks for looking, Sven
  15. This is my attempt at an F-16C of the short lived Bentwaters 527th Aggressor Squadron from 1988. It is an Academy kit , which is not the best. Many problems & even finished its got some faults, but it looks ok. And with my other Dutch F-16A And with my other Bentwaters resident Thanks for looking
  16. A couple of years ago I picked up a cheap ESCI F-16 and wondered what to build it as. I fancied a Europe based USAF one, and had a look at where they were based. I tried to get some Hahn decals but failed and the only other options was Spangdahlem. So I ended up building a Dutch version with the kit decals. Then I found it about the short time that USAF F-16s were not only deployed to Europe but to the UK. The Bentwaters Aggressors. Just getting going when the base was closed. I believe there were only ever 12 of them, but most importantly you can get decals. So when an Academy F-16C kit came my way the choice was easy. And a visit to the Bentwaters Cold War Museum sealed the deal with their nice models & photos on display. So this is the kit & decals And this is the plastic So any advice about the kit will be appreciated. Looks pretty good. Did wonder about the blank at the back of the intake, but she will probably have a FOD cover on and way. And I really don’t know anything about the detail differences between F-16 variants.
  17. F-16Cs of the 19th Tact Fighter Squadron, the Gamecocks, at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 91-4, June 1991. 88-0502 89-2004 89-2079 89-2085 89-2089 89-2091 Thanks for looking, Sven
  18. Grey/gray airplanes. F-16s of the 163 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard at Fort Wayne Indiana in September 1991. Desert Storm recently over, these jets were released from operational units and sent to the Guard to replace Phantoms. Some still carried bomb tallies from the previous units. USAF s/n 84-1315 84-1374 84-1264 84-1377 84-1388 84-1417 84-1331 Thanks for looking, Sven
  19. A couple of Vipers of the 17th Fighter Squadron from Shaw AFB visiting the Springfield Air National Guard Base OH on the occasion of the 162nd Fighter Squadron turning in their A-7Ds for F-16Cs, May 1993. 90-0738 "Thor's Hammer" 90-0741 "Rump Shaker" That funky portable boarding ladder... Thanks for looking, Sven
  20. F-16C, USAF s/n 83-1120, the third of a trio of F-16As modified on the production line to be the first Block 30 configured jets. 83-1118, '119, and '120 all went to the F-16 Combined Test Force at Edwards as flight test jets, testing Block 30 software and radar upgrades as well as variations in ECM/ESM fit. '120 was unique in being fitted with the GE F110 engine and high angle-of-attack mission equipment. January 1989 May 1989 Over the Trona Gap in the Mojave Desert June 1991 Thanks for looking, Sven
  21. The 113th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Indiana ANG at Hullman Field, September 1991. Like Fort Wayne, they had just traded their Phantoms for Vipers, some Desert Storm veterans. Notice that they are in the midst of changing their tail code from HF to TH. Unfortunately, in 2007 the 181st Fighter Wing, the Racers parent unit was converted to an intelligence wing and the fighter squadron became an air support operations squadron, a non-flying mission. 83-1145 84-1274 84-1278 84-1281 84-1282 84-1291 84-1296 84-1301 84-1303 84-1307 84-1309 84-1311 84-1313 84-1316 84-1317: 181st Tac Fighter Group commander's bird. 84-1326: Looks like they weren't sure about the tail code here... 84-1384 84-1393 85-1405 85-1407 85-1415 Thanks for looking, Sven
  22. Visit to the USAF side of Carswell AFB during trip to General Dynamics. the 457th had just transitioned from F-4E Phantoms to the Viper. They also traded their "TH" tail code for "TF". Depending who you talked to, TF stood for Tarrant Field, the original name of the airfield, or Texas Falcons... 85-1420 84-1272 84-1268 84-1248 84-1245 84-1235 84-1227 84-1226 84-1216 84-1215 83-1158 83-1157 83-1153 83-1147 Thanks for looking, Sven
  23. This one has been quietly marinating in the stash for a while. A couple of weeks ago I splashed out on some extra parts and the package arrived at the weekend. Brilliant! Or so I thought. So, apart from Tamiya's viper I added Aires' tail pipe, wheel bays and weighted wheels along with Eduard brass. I quick search of the delivery box revealed that I was missing the Aires front office, fog it! I'd forgotten to add it to the order list. Another order required along with postage costs. So first off this is what Big Ed delivers: Seven packages containing masks for the canopy, a stencil set, "Remove before flight" tags, brass for the bang seat and cockpit which looks reasonably good along with brass for the exterior and a ladder. A lot of the external brass is for the air brakes and I'll probably have these closed so I don't expect I'll be using that. Price wise it made more sense to buy the Big Ed package rather than just the elements I wanted. Now the contents of the big box. Apologies for the photo quality. Normally I'd use my SLR but had a bad day with an Abrams so used the camera on the iPad. Not much to say about these two other than the parts are all cleanly moulded. I'd have liked a bit more definition in the panel lines but I'll see about that later. Decal set: Not sure how many of these I'll use. The contents of a box within a box. Nice to see that there are two canopies; Tinted and clear. As some aircraft had a mix of front and rear sections this is a nice addition. Nose cone is here as well however I think I'll replace the pressure vanes with metal ones. There was also an empty plastic bag. Not sure if it was meant to contain anything. Tail fin and engine bay. The pressure sensor on the tail leading edge looks a tad fragile as do the static dischargers on another sprue. Metal me thinks. Bang seat and 2 pilots. I might convert one of the helmets to JHMCS version after I've drilled out on of the heads. The ladder looks terrible but maybe I'm being over critical. Compared to the quality of the rest of the parts it looks like a 5min after thought. The plan is to try to paint the Have Glass finish. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to tackle that yet and obtain the patina required. I also wanted to add a Sniper pod in addition to the 213 Harm targeting pod. Additionally the Harm pod has to move over to the LHS leaving space for the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper pod. Seems the only people who manufacture an after market pod set are an outfit called Wolfpack however they seem to have stopped production of these parts. If anybody has a set somewhere that they'd like to convert into cash I'd be interested. The plan is to build a desktop display model with the engine alongside. It also means opening up some of the panels normally found open when the aircraft is parked and building some of the detail behind them. But before I start all that its back to ordering a few more parts.
  24. Hi folks, I've decided for my New Year's Resolution that I am going to fully participate in the group builds for 2017 and follow the schedule to the letter (I heard u laughing)!! No I'm definitely going to give it my best shot - so to get the year off to a good start I've joined the F-16 group build with the following kit: I'm hoping to get cracking in the next couple of days so I will keep you posted on progress. I'm going to keep this one OOB and see how I get on. Good luck everyone
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