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  1. This Monogram model of the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon was built in 1988. It was the third model I finished after returning to this hobby in 1987. By this time, I had slowing gathered some modeling supplies and a little knowledge mostly through reading FinescaleModeler magazine among a few others. I recall having to make a pitot for the nose of this model back then, and tried to duplicate a photo from some magazine in those pre-internet days. The kit featured an operative canopy but a pretty sparse load out. I used kit decals (and see at least one that's upside down -no surprise from a newbie!) and painted it with either Humbrol or ModelMaster enamels sprayed through the Paasche H. It has sat in my display cabinet for all the years since and had never been photographed until I took my recently finished Tigercat out to the Cameron Municipal Airport for a photo session. I decided to take the old F-16 out there and see how she looks in that setting. Before I could even get it out of my truck, I reached across the seat for something and snapped that pitot clean off. I did have a modeling first aid kit with me and found the pitot and the small sensor-piece too. I managed to finally get the pitot back together and glued back on but now it's developed a bad case of droop. Oh well, it was too bloody hot out there to putz around with it too much so I left it as is for the pics. I've often thought of this model as a "place holder" in my collection until I built a newer, nicer F-16. I still hope to do that some day but until then, squint those eyes my friends and please have a look at an old four-footer from 1988.
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