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  1. Hi Folks, This is my first full model aircraft build in a couple of years, I say full as I trashed the kit I was supposed to be building for this thread... I thought it would be better to learn to walk than to try to run, so I've chosen this seemingly straight forward simple kit to begin with. Hasegawa 1/72 F-16DJ Block 50 Well, not much else to be said apart from it's one of the less often seen twin seater's. A typically refined and well presented kit, this release has new sprue's that update it from its' mid '80's base kit. Box top: Nice photo, I'll be using this as a reference. Despite this kit being advertised as a 'Block 50' the aircraft in the photo is actually a block 52... I'll be building this one as it doesn't need to have any mods done to it such as the rear pilots HUD repeater. Decals: For once, Hasegawa have done a good job with their in-house decals. They are sharply printed, the colours are good and best of all, the whites are not ivory. On a more sombre note, I've also just found out that the jet I'll be building ended its' days in a fireball a few years ago... New parts: These are the new sprue's that are included with the F-16D base kit. 1 - This sprue covers the now standard missiles, launchers, heavy weight wheels, etc. 2 - This sprue covers most 'big mouth' Falcons and includes the heavy weight main gear doors, etc. 3 - This sprue covers most block 40/42/50/52 Falcons with regards to the SEAD mission. Rockin' and Rollin': I'm going to build this kit in flight, for the sake of speed and not dealing with tiny fiddly bits. It's these tiny fiddly bits that caused my last kit to crash land in the bin... Anyway, here's the assembled and painted cockpit and fuselage. It's all OOTB, decals for consoles and all. TBH they actually look quite good under a flat coat. The seats have had a bit of khaki dry brushed over the olive green for a bit of dimension, looking good so far... ... Spoke too soon, now the madness begins. Block 52 jets use the original smaller intake, so I thought I'd get a bit of practice putting the newer 'big mouth' intake together. The fit of those new tool parts was not good and the same can be said of the original parts. 1 - Massive step between the upper intake halves. I used heat to bend them and CA glue to bond them. Much sanding is still needed. 2 - This light fixture needs to be removed for the twin seater's, easy enough. 3 - Steps, gaps and mismatched contours needed to be filled, blended and sanded 4 - I had to re-scribe some of the lower panel lines as they were obliterated while trying to smooth out the steps. The intake wasn't going to rest easy, I guess I've been spoilt by Tamiya's cars and motorbikes as this kit has to be built and some. 1 - Big, uneven gap between the intake and fuselage join, an easy enough fix with milliput. 2 - The heavy weight main doors have big gaps at the rear. I used CA glue and Mr Surfacer to close the gap smoothly. Gaps, gaps and more gaps. 1 - The base of the fin has an uneven step that was filled with CA glue and putty. 2 - The rear fuselage was warped on this kit, probably why I've had most of these fit issues. 3 - CA glue was used to fill in some comical gaps on the ventral fin tabs. 4 - Yet another large gap to fill and I broke off and lost this antenna too! Where art thou antenna... The biggest issue with this build is keeping up the enthusiasm. With the problem areas taken care of and checked with a coat of paint, I can actually stop moaning. I masked and sprayed the canopy interior colour earlier on with a lightened black acrylic. TBH, it's looking quite O.K. Thanks for looking, more to come shortly.
  2. Finished yesterday, had a few fitting problems and I messed with decals a bit but am still pleased with the result. Regards
  3. F-16 NSAWC Adversary Kinetic Model Kits - 1/48 I would pretty much assume that almost all modellers reading this review are familiar with the F-16 Fighting Falcon. It is probably the most used combat aircraft in the world at this time. The F-16 was developed by General Dynamics for the USAF. This was as a result of proposals for an Advanced Day Fighter Concept. Following on from an Air Force study group the idea of a Lightweight Fighter was developed. Certain elements of the Air Force remained hostile to this as it was perceived as a threat to the then F-15 programme. A request for proposals was issued in 1972 for a 20,000lb class air-to-air day fighter with a good rate of turn, acceleration and range. This was to be optimized for speeds 0.6-1.6 mach at altitudes 30,000 to 40,000 feet. The cost of such a fighter was envisaged at $3 Million. In 1972 General Dynamics was awarded a contract to produce the YF-16, and Northrop the YF-17. The YF-16 rolled out in 1973 with its first flight in 1974. The YF-16 as it then was introduced numerous innovations in fighter design, including a frameless bubble canopy affording the pilot greater visibility. Air-to-air missiles were mounted on wing tip pylons to free up underwing stations. The central control column was replaced by a side stick controller. The pilots seat was reclined by 30° to reduce G forces. In technological terms the aircraft was one of the first to use fly-by-wire and relaxed stability were by the computers actually flew the aircraft instead of conventional inputs. Like many aircraft the F-16 has developed over the years, probably to point where the original designers would marvel at the difference between the YF-16 and the latest 2 Seat aircraft with external Avionics spines & conformal fuel tanks which are now rolling of the production lines. It has certainly gone from a Lightweight fighter to a more overweight example, no doubt like a lot of us over the years! It is estimated over 4500 F-16 aircraft have now been produced, with 25 variants to date, being used by 24 countries. Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) The NSAWC is the centre of excellence for US Naval aviation training and tactics development. It is located at Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada and provides services to aircrews, squadrons and air wings through out the US Navy. NSAWC was created in 1996 by consolidating 3 commands into a single structure. The Naval Strike Warfare Centre was joined by the Navy Fighter Weapons School (The famous TOPGUN) and the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School. The latter two moved from NAS Miramar following the US Base realignment and closure programme in 1993. NSAWC is the primary USN authority on training and tactics development. The command is responsible for development, implementation, and administration of several courses of instruction, and the Navy’s point of contact for all issues relating to Air combat training. NSAWC operate both F-16 & F-18 aircraft in the Adversary role. The Kit Kinetic have produced quite a few F-16 Kits to date, and it shows in the box for this kit. The various different sprues seem to me to have come from different boxings of the kit. The are all in different shades of plastic which would seem to suggest large runs of parts, and then they are boxed up according to the needs of specific boxings. Probably one of the ways they can offer so many different boxings at competitive pricing. There are a large number of unused parts in this kit, with plenty of spares for the spares box, or other F-16 projects. The main upper & lower fuselage parts come as single parts with the wings moulded on like most F-16 kits, with the nose as one part, this comes loose in the box. The main choice for the kit then comes if you decide to build an A model or B model, the upper fuselage and cockpit parts for these come on two separate sprues. The rest of the main parts come on a further sprue. Intake parts, pylons and undercarriage parts are on a further four sprues. From pictures I have seen most of the NSAWC aircraft operate without wing pylons. Following this you seem to get three sprues which consist of mainly weapons and fuel tanks. These contain a few parts for this kit, however most of the parts will not be used for this model. A spares box bonanza. There is one small sprue containing two ACMI pods, one containing an ECM pod, and one containing an ALQ-188 ECM Pod (I have seen these on USAF Adversary aircraft, but am not sure the NAVY carry this pod?). Also there is one last sprue with two ECM pods on it. Overall the parts look well moulded with no obvious flaws anywhere. The wings and tail planes have the static wicks moulded on, the instructions go to great lengths to point out these are delicate, and to take care. Canopies Being that the kit is an F-16A/B both the single seat canopy and the double seat canopies are included. These are clear and fairly distortion free. Given the mould limitations they do have a centre seam with the modeller will have to remove. It is worth noting that the canopies supplied are clear, some of the NSAWC aircraft have fully tinted of partially tinted canopies. The modeller will have to do their own tilt, so you will need to consult your references as needed. Instructions Kinetic give us an 18 page A4 sized instruction booklet. The diagrams are large and easy to follow, and like some of the sprues in this kit it looks like the drawings have been "recycled" from another kit as there are notations about parts for use with separate European F-16s. These will have to be ignored. Painting instructions are only in Black & White with appropriate FS numbers. This is a bit of a let down as due to the complicated nature of the Adversary camouflage, and some full colour painting/decaling instructions would have been most welcome. Decals Decals are provided for three options. F-16B NSAWC 04 Topgun 90th Anv 2009 (Blue camo scheme) F-16A NSAWC 60 2006-2009 (Blue camo scheme) F-16A NSAWC 53 2004 (Brown colour scheme) What I do find slightly disappointing is that they don't supply decals for the aircraft shown on the box top. I was hoping to do a 2 seater in the Brown camo but this is not catered for. Decal artwork has been designed by Fightertown decals, printed by cartograf and are in good register. Care will be needed if doing the Blue camo single seater as the NAVY decal crosses two shades of blue. Conclusion This looks to be a nice model kit. I have heard that some people claim the Kinetic F-16 has shape problems, however it looks like an F-16 to the reviewer. If you want an Adversary F-16 and don't want to buy aftermarket decals, then this is kit for you. Also for the F-16 modeller you are getting a complete set of weapons for the spares box as you don't use them for this kit. For the plastic in the box good value for money. In association with
  4. Chocksaway's 2012 Collection 2012 was not a particularly productive model-making year for me. Lots of excuses for this being the case, none worth repeating. I managed to add 4 more Harriers to my 1/48 scale Harrier collection (now up to 13), built my first 1/48th scale biplane, my first egg planes and built a model I should have made 30 years ago - the wonderful SR-71 together with a 1/144 YF-16 and a competition entry 1/100th Alize. Without further ado, here's how they turned out... Harrier GR7 - ZG532 operated by IV(AC) Squadron, RAF In the rarely seen two greens scheme using the Hasegawa / Revell 1/48th scale kit ... RFI Thread A pair of SR-71 "Blackbirds" The old Revell 1/72nd scale kit ... And the Hasegawa Egg Plane version ... RFI Thread Harrier GR5 - ZD412 / AH operated by 3(F) Squadron, RAF around 1990-91 Another two greens Harrier, using the Hasegawa GR.5 1/48th scale kit ... RFI Thread Sea Harrier FRS51 - IN623 / 23, 300 Sqdn, Indian Navy, circa 2012 The latest (last?) camouflage scheme of the just about flying Indian Navy SHARs, using the venerable Airfix 1/48th scale kit ... RFI Thread here Ansaldo SVA.5 - Italian Air Force, c 1918 Having joined the Great War SIG, I felt obliged to get my act together and build a 1/48th scale biplane, the Fly Models Ansaldo S.V.A.5 (Early) ... RFI Thread Breguet Alize - IN202, Indian Navy For our club's "6 Month Challenge" we are given a kit to build and do with it as we please - I decided not to build it quite the way it was intended. It's a Heller 1/100th scale Breguet Alize with scratch Indian Navy decals ... RFI Thread Harrier AV-8B II - 162074 / VL-07 of VMA-331 "Bumblebees", USMC, c1986 My latest Harrier Project Harrier, an AV-8B II using the Revell / Monogram 1/48th scale kit ... RFI Thread Harrier GR.1 Another Hasegawa Egg Plane, this time a Harrier GR.1 of the HOCU built from the box. A not very paint job it has to be said (may have another go at it) ... General Dynamics YF-16 A quick and dirty build of the Revell 1/144th scale YF-16 whilst building my next Harrier. A cockpit tub, seat and plasticine pilot added, else it's out of the box. Paper clip and milk bottle top for a stand. My Italian Navy Harrier is unlikely to get done now this year, but will be finished in January and the 1/144th scale A-6 Intruder is also on hold. The plan, but not the New Year Resolution, is to do more models next year, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so they say. Seasons greeting and best wishes for 2013 to you all
  5. Hi guys, I'm building the 1:48 F-16C 'Barak' Italeri kit, and it doesn't come with a pilot. Can anyone suggest an unpainted pilot figure for this model, and where to get it.. Cheers! J
  6. F-16A ADF Fighting Falcon ‘Veltro 51 (Octopus)’ 1:72 Hasegawa The F-16 Fighting Falcon has been one of the most successful combat aircraft of the last 30 years. It has provided air forces around the world with an affordable, reliable, high-performance multi-role fighter aircraft. No fewer than 4500 examples have been manufactured, making it one of the most produced jet fighters in history, and it continues to notch up export orders to this day. The F-16A (single seat) and B (two seat) were the original production variants of the F-16. Many examples are still in service with air forces around the world. The Italian Air Force leased 34 ex-US Air Force examples in 2003 under the ‘Peace Caesar’ programme. The aircraft were needed as a stop gap measure whilst the Italians awaited deliveries of the Eurofighter Typhoon. The last Italian F-16s were returned to the USA earlier this year. As you might expect of an aircraft produced in such numbers, there have been quite a few kits of the F-16 produced in a range of different scales. Most of the major manufacturers can count at least one or two variants of the aircraft in their inventory. Hasegawa’s F-16 has been around for a few years now, and in that time it has appeared in a variety of boxings, often with extra sprues added to enable different variants to be built. Age has not dimmed the kit’s attractions though, and it still rates as one of the better offerings in 1:72 scale. The kit’s parts are moulded in light grey plastic. The parts look reasonably crisp and sharp, but there is a little mould flash here and there. It’s a sign that the moulds are starting to show their age, but it isn’t anything that can’t be cured with the swiper of a sharp scalpel blade. The kits surface detail is fairly typical of a reasonably modern Hasegawa kit, which means it is precisely and delicately engraved and there is no softness of unevenness in the panel lines. The kit shares another trait in common with some other Hasegawa kits of a certain vintage in that the cockpit is a very simple affair. The instrument panel and side consoles lack any kind of raised detail and decals are provided to represent the instruments instead. A reasonably decent ACES II ejection seat is included, but overall this kit’s cockpit would really benefit from photo etched or resin enhancements. Unlike the F-16 kits of some other manufacturers, which have been engineered to allow both A and B variants to be built from the same basic moulds, the fuselage halves of Hasegawa’s kit are moulded in one piece without a separate cockpit area. This eliminates the need to clean up a potentially awkward join line. On the other hand, the wings have been moulded separately, so there may still be a little cleaning up to do, albeit in a less awkward location. The undercarriage bays have a basic level of structural detail moulded in place. They are not as busy as the undercarriage bays in the 1:72 Kinetic kit, but they are pretty respectable nonetheless. The undercarriage itself is nicely detailed, although the nose wheel is moulded in one piece with the gear leg and none of the wheels are weighted. The potentially tricky engine intake is moulded in five parts and is nicely detailed, although it is not full-depth. A fairly good set of ordnance is included, including AIM-9 Sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMs, two 370 gallon fuel tanks, one 300 gallon fuel tank and some bombs. Most of these are not used for the kit depicted on the decal sheet, so you can have a field day filling the spares box. The canopy is nice and transparent but is not tinted, which is a bit of s shame as I’m sure Hasegawa have provided tinted canopies in the past. A handful of photo etched parts are provided to represent the particular variant of F-16 used by the Italian Air Force. It should come as no surprise to learn that the decal sheet caters for just one aircraft – that depicted on the box artwork in the special scheme worn by an aircraft of Veltro 51. Unlike some other sheets of this nature, this one doesn’t include too many big decals as many of the larger areas of colour have to be painted instead. Most of the fiddly bits are catered for on the sheet though. The sheet itself is printed by Cartograf. Conclusion Overall this is a nice kit and it should look good once finished in this striking scheme. The overall shape is good, as is the quality of engraved detail. The basic cockpit is probably the weakest area. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  7. A couple more too add. Both fun to build, with their individual frustrations, not least the canopy shape of the F-16 and the undercarriage length of the A-10. Never mind, there are more important things to be concerned about. Firstly the A-10 Revell A-10 Thuderbolt II 4 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Revell A-10 Thuderbolt II 2 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Revell A-10 Thuderbolt II 1 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Then the F-16 Academy F-16 Fighting Falcon 4 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Academy F-16 Fighting Falcon 3 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Academy F-16 Fighting Falcon 2 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Academy F-16 Fighting Falcon 1 by jonbru0903, on Flickr Best wishes all. Quite like the new look of the Forum.
  8. New boxing for the Kinetic 1/48th F-16A/B NSAWC Adversary - ref. K48004 Block 15 Markings: - NSAWC 04 TOPGUN 90th Anniversary 2009 - NSAWC 60 2006-2009 - NSAWC 53 2004 Decal printed by Cartograf Decal design by FighterTown Decal Model Feature: Training ACMI Pod Related Links Source: http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48004 V.P.
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