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  1. Hi all, I hadn't planned to do a WIP thread but I changed my mind part way into the build. So, this won't be a detailed thread, just a collection of pics as I go. The main reason I got back into modelling is because I really wanted a really detailed F-16 on my desk, and I thought it was as good an excuse as any to get back into the hobby properly. I could have paid one of the many pros to do one for me and the results would be 10x better than I could ever achieve, but I wanted to do it myself So, off to the LHS I went I bought two Tamyia kits. When I saw the options, I knew immediately which example I wanted to build - #83-1144, I block 25 ANG F-16C. The reason? It is the livery/scheme shown on the box art of the flight sim I have been studying/flying for 20 years, Falcon 4.0. Neither of the above images is 100% accurate for the jet it represents, but it's close enough to show the airframe I'm modelling AIRE4364 Aires F-16C 25/32 resin/PE cockpit set QAB480025 Aires AIM-9L/M Seeker Cover and RBF tag set I was going to get the Tamiya detail up set too, but decided to scratch build the strengthening plates instead On to the build! Landing gear bay is nicely detailed, but lacking some details. I'm not too fussed about everything being perfect, but the cockpit tub (ICP and UFC in particualar) is surprisingly lacking for a Tamiya kit. Undercarriage I can live with though, and will beef it up a bit with wires etc later on. Sadly though, there are many injector pin marks, some in obviously visible areas, so they will need to be filled. Thankfully, many are raised flashed edges, so they can be scraped off without the need for filler. The next thing I wanted to tackle was the engine intake. I've built F-16s before and am aware of the 'challenge' of getting a nice seam free assembly AND somehow paint it. It went together well, but I had to get creative with tools to get the innards smooth and seam free. Getting there... More on this later. Next, I turned my attention to the cockpit tub, as I was looking forward to taking advantage of the details. It takes LOTS of fiddling and plastic/resin removal to get it to fit. The photos aren't up to date, but at the time of writing I have it about 95% ready to fit, before all the filling starts. The PE parts are tiny! Cockpit painted, ready for gloss and wash: Side walls aren't fitted yet, but they're painted and ready to attach (not photo'd). As you can see, there are lot of gaps that will need addressing. I have since scrape away the lip at the front that forms part of the canopy seal. I have scratchbuilt a part to bridge the gap, and the rest will be done with putty. Whilst the oil wash dries over the week, little bits of sub assemblies have come together. I've joined together the main upper parts of the fuselage, filled in panel lines that don't exist, and started scratch building some strengthening plates that were fitted to the block 40s and older to keep them going to 8000 hour rating. These were just mate from the flat bits of sprue that are stamped with tree labels and branding etc. A little rough around the edges, and not as good as PE part but I've spent far too much on this hobby over the last month so I had to draw the line. Once they're cleaned up and primed, they'll just look like part of the kit. To be continued...
  2. 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.
  3. Stopped in at Luke AFB in August 1988 while traveling between postings from MoD(UK) back to Edwards AFB. Here's the 302nd TFS Vipers with tail code LR for Luke Reserves. The tail emblem is a devil profile on an outline of a map of Arizona. The unit has since been relocated to Elmendorf AFB in 2007 and is now an associate unit flying F-22s. 86-0212 Those are portable cockpit entry ladders in the foreground. Never really saw them used much. Thanks for looking, Sven
  4. Hi all, If anyone remembers this from 2014, I'm doing another one! This time it's a commission build. I'll be using the same kit (Academy Sufa) and the IsraCast Block 60 F conversion for a UAE Air Force bird. Work starts soon, and I'm going to get back to my usual building pace. Al
  5. Skale Wings is to release a new tool 1/72nd Israeli Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16D "Barak" kit - ref. IS72001 Source: https://www.facebook.com/skalewings/photos/a.1546834958952699.1073741828.1546827065620155/1560213570948171/?type=3&theater V.P.
  6. Good afternoon, yesterday, I have started to build the Tamiya-F-16. Wow, that's an amazing kit! Must have one of the best surface details I ever saw on a 1/72-kit! It will be a wild weasel Viper as used in Libya 2011 in operation Odyssey dawn. The real thing should look something like this: http://www.f-16.net/g3/f-16-photos/album38/album70/91-0343_001 As no weapons or tanks are included in this kit (I bought the first boxing...), I also got a cheap Hasegawa F-16, from which I will use the ordnance. Decals are from Astra Decals, and the seat is from Quickboost. Alex
  7. Built for a recent club competition, this is the 1/72 Revell F-16 finished off using Daco decals. I've had the decals in the stash for more years than I care to remember, but I'm pleased to report that they worked well enough to sneak this into third place. Standard walkaround shots : Thanks for looking. Mike
  8. Late last year I went on a Viper rampage. Here's the first of them. Kit is the Revell F-16C kit which has all the bits for an early F-16C. The famous Rammstein Dragon is one of the most colorful of all USAF Vipers IMHO and I have always wanted to build it. The decals came from a Superscale set but all the stencils were swindled from an old Revell F-16A boxing, one of the few places one can get hi-viz stencils that were the norm up until the Gulf War (hey decal makers, what are you waiting for?). The aircraft was an early Block 30 which still had the narrow intakes. Gunze paints were used throughout (except 36118 which was Tamiya XF-24) with some light weathering with enamels. I decided to build the Viper unarmed aside from AIM-9s. More Vipers coming soon...
  9. And finally, the last of the trio of Vipers that I finished recently. This is an Academy F-16C Block 42 in the super attractive new Have Glass scheme. I used, for the first time ever, Mr Paint. It went on beautifully although I would have liked it to be a bit darker. I would strongly recommend MRP to anyone else, my only impediment to using more of them is living in a relatively small place in London where ventilation is an issue (it's lacquer-based) and yes, it smells bad. The much-maligned Academy kit has its major issues, namely a nose that is too straight and which shows when looking at it sideways. It comes in either Block 40/50 or 42/52 boxings with different intake/exhaust combos. The Block 40/50's wide intake is horrible, looks like the grin of the Cheshire cat. However, the narrow intake is much better, although I think it is a tad bit too small (about 1mm); still, it looks ok next to the Revell. On the plus side, the Academy is the only Viper kit in 1/72 that includes the holographic HUD that is standard on the Block 40/42s. For that reason alone, I felt I had no choice but to use it, rather than base it on the Revell kit which aside from the HUD also requires the bulged wheel covers, etc. The Academy also has much better fit than the Revell, with less fiddly bits to worry about, like the landing gear which can get tricky on the latter (I have yet to build a modern Revell kit that does not have some landing gear issues). Block 40/42 need strengthening plates, and these were taken from a vinyl set. The decals came from the Caracal sheet which is good... except for the fact that the walkway lines are too short. WAY too short, like 3-4cm more needed to cover the whole airframe. This is rather annoying, coming from a sheet that costs £13.99, it was not that hard to have added enough for two aircraft. I therefore had to mask the missing section (the part beneath the national insignia on the starboard rear fuselage) and paint with Gunze 36495. You won't be able to tell the difference unless you really really look (the painted line is slightly wider than its decaled opposite). Weapons came from the kit. Masking the JDAMs was a bit annoying but looks great in the end (note the instructions do not tell you that the tail of the JDAMs is usually grey too). The kit has a nice assortment of pods too. I left the aircraft with a satin-ish varnish even though it looks flat in the pictures. I need to find a way of replicating the metallic sheen seen on these birds... Finally, for some reason Academy does not want you to build this with an open cockpit, however, this is not too hard to arrange yourself, I was just too lazy and wanted to take pictures of it first. Later I'll find a way of leaving it open. Thanks for looking!
  10. Part II of the late 2017 Viper spree that I just finished off recently, here's another Revell F-16C with markings of "Wild Thang", a Desert Storm bird from Shaw AFB. This was a Block 25 and so had both the narrow intake and P&W engine. A few other bits and bobs had to be corroborated with pictures since Revell's instructions do not account for a Block 25 or 30/32 despite these being the only C blocks that the kit gets right! The aircraft depicted is from the 363rd TFS from Shaw AFB with nose art "Wild Thang". The decals came from an old Hi-Decals set that I had since ages ago. I am not a huge fan of Hi Decals. They are quite thick and register in not that great and so avoided as many as I could (only the unit code, serial, and nose art), with all the other stencils coming from an old Superscale sheet, alas they are not made for the Revell kit and are quite incomplete, notably on all the underside bits. Note that the Shaw birds during Desert Storm did not have the walkway lines painted which saved me some trouble. Paints were all Gunze except 36118 (Tamiya XF-24 instead). The centerline pod and the bombs were taken from a Hasegawa weapons set, as was the TER. Although Vipers use a special TER set, it should be noted that in Desert Storm many of them carried the standard types. I also tinted the canopy with a mix of Tamiya transparent yellow and smoke. So mostly was just to have a Desert Storm viper on the shelf. Looks good anyway!
  11. A long winded title on the label for this one; General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 'Thunderbirds' USAF Display Team Can be built as a single seater for the Thunderbirds or a 2-seater for the Dutch; I fancy doing this wheels-up as the Thunderbirds version. I've not built a display aeroplane since I built an Airfix 111 sqd Black Arrows Hunter everso long ago Reading my teabags I see a lot of Micro-Sol & Set in the future of this build
  12. trickyrich

    RNZAF F-16CK Block 50 - Painted

    Well I’ve been neglecting this section for a wee while unfortunately and I think there may be a couple of stalled build threads somewhere in here as well!!!! Anyway time to sort of make amends, I hadn’t planned this build at all, it sort of happened as an accident. Well an accident caused by a wally who didn’t check his research before buying stuff for a build!!! That and I still blame Beelzebub for creating that which is call F-16 block numbers!! Only the work of the devil could make them soooo confusing! Anyway the upshot of all this is I have a completely spare F-16 that I didn’t know what to do with. So a solution is a nice simple Whif! So why an RNZAF one (hence the “K”), well I didn’t what another boring grey one and I really like the European 1 camouflage of the A-4K’s. So this is what I have to play with… a Block 52 F-16 I pinched the intake from and the now left over Block 50 intake! I know why not just build the white one as a 52…….well that would be just too easy…and an admission I’d completely stuffed it up in the first place! The colour scheme…well I’ve got a nice set of A-4 decals Gekko Decals on the way (thanks Richard). Weapons loadout….not sure yet, have heaps from the F-111, F1, and F-16 so will have a think about it. I’ll sort of be building this in parallel with the other F-16 which is for the F-16 STGB, so will start this one in a couple of week. Should be a nice simple build, and no mod work!!
  13. At Sea

    Airshow markings

    Hi, This summer I was very taken with the special schemes worn by the Belgian Airforce F-16 (Stingers) and the French Navy Rafale M. Both would look amazing in on the shelf. does anyone know of any companies that have or are planning to bring these to market? I know Xtradecal cover most British subjects well but not sire who specialises in Belgian or French markings? Thanks.
  14. Phantome

    Questions about Gulf War Vipers

    Viper experts, a few questions: 1) Were ALQ-119 pods painted white during the Gulf War? Most 80s pictures show them white but I can't really tell from the Gulf War pics if they still remained white or had been painted light grey by then. Also, some pods (namely ALQ-131s) looked quite dark, were they painted 36118 by any chance? Or olive drab? 2) When loading just two bombs on a TER rack, was the layout always outward/center or right/center? The dstorm.eu site has both port and starboard pylons as right/center but I find that a bit odd, but haven't seen a pic of an F-16 head on to confirm. If you don't get what I'm saying, what I mean would be this: BOMB BOMB EMPTY ........... EMPTY BOMB BOMB or EMPTY BOMB BOMB .......... EMPTY BOMB BOMB Thanks!
  15. Hi all. Some may say that this is a new build but in truth it's been around for about 18 months sitting on the shelf of inactivity. I've got a Super Hornet that's on the way but I'll post some photos of that when I get something substantial done that's worth showing. It was in separate top and bottom halves and wings yesterday and this is where I've managed to get it to today (Sunday afternoon). I made a jig to get the wings level which has worked well and will come in handy when mounting gear and other dangly bits. The gear bay has had its white though I now realise I didn't clean the mould seam on the o2??? tank,...that one's onto the fix list. I've also removed and replaced the poorly molded strengthening plates around the arrestor work. I've got some work to do to tidy up the wing root join though that's something that a bit Mr Surfacer won't fix. They're an old kit but the Hasegawa F-16's aren't too bad to put together. This one will be loaded with bombs, rockets and other explody things. Cheers. Mick It'll look something hopefully like this though with live weapons and wing tanks too.
  16. Good day, ppl! Let me introduce one of my earlyer bird. The original of this one was based in Germany, Spangdahlem until the 2nd Gulf War against Iraq in 1991. Flown several air to ground missions in this configuration. After the war this falcon was turned back to the USA and given to the National Guard. The kit itself: With one word: Terrible. Gaps instead of fittings, rough-and-ready details, so classic Italeri. Box nr.: 188 Night Falcon. Quess what, the decal wersions does not match with the "Night Falcon" (Block 40/42) config. Italeri gives Block 32. I used Part's etchted detail sheet and an unknown manufacturer's PUR bang seats. Seats was Ok, but the PE set was rather waste of money. The whole kit has (still have) so much smaller problems that I dont wanted to correct those, simply make something that looks like an F-16D and finished as fast as I could. Painted with Humbrol enamel colours, after photo. Different profile of the two halves: More extra details were needed: Preshadeing: "Have been preshaded": Priming for the metaliser: Metalised: Sidewinders: Done job: The original itself: Hope you liked it.
  17. Hi guys here is my Hasegawa F-16 from the Royal Netherlands Airforce as it participated in the NATO Tigermeet held at Fairford in 1991. I have build it for the F-16 STGB here at Britmodeller. Hope you like it. NATO Tigermeet 1991 Fairford UK F-16A Royal Netherlands Airforce 313 squadron Hasegawa 1/48 kit with Quickboost ejection seat, wheel doors, Aires exhaust nozzle, and from Master the pitot tube, AOA probes and static dischargers. Build thread can be found here Erik
  18. "Woe to you, oh Earth and sea, for the Devil sends the Beast with wrath Because he knows the time is short Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Beast For it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty six" - Iron Maiden ("The Number of the Beast") The Aircraft I've always wanted to do a RNoAF viper since I find their uniform grey scheme to be quite interesting compared to the standard viper camouflage used by most countries. I noticed that a lot of their markings started with 6, some were 66x, and I thought... could there be a 666 around there? Being Norway, birthplace of black metal (which I happen to like), I knew there would! Indeed, the RNoAF's 666 is the original 80-3666. According to info from f-16.net, the prudish US engineers refused to work on this plane unless the 666 was covered up. It also happens to be a test bird. I decided to build this aircraft in its original form, an F-16A rather than the updated AM version. Alas, there are no markings out there to do this since Vingtor's "early F-16s" sheet is now OOP. Thankfully, it's "late F-16s" sheet worked well as there were enough 6s and 9s to do the fin numbers. I have read that early RNoAF vipers had dark grey walkway markings rather than black ones, so that would be the only inaccuracy that I'm aware of. The Kit I used the original Revell F-16A boxing which has a Belgian "Spitfire" aircraft on the artwork. It is currently the best representation of a F-16A in The One True Scale. For some strange reason, my copy had some sprues in the older light grey (with a yellow-ish tint) color and others in the more recent standard grey. The transparencies weren't tinted either which is great since 666 had a smoked rather than a golden canopy. I sprayed Tamiya smoke (X-19) thinned at 5:1 from the inside for this effect. Norwegian and Danish vipers come with a searchlight on the starboard nose, necessary since so many missions are over water. I drilled a hole where appropriate and glued some plasticard from the inside so the tiny transparency would stay put. Being a Norwegian viper, I of course wanted to be armed with Penguin anti-ship missiles. Although there is no picture of 666 carrying them, being a test bird it is likely to have done so at some point. I later discovered a picture of 667 carrying a menacing 4x Penguin load, plus 4x Sidewinders. I have no way of knowing if this configuration was ever carried by 666 but it was too cool to ignore. For this, I needed two extra weapons pylons which I took from an older kit that I was planning to send to modelling Valhalla (i.e. the bin). The Penguin missiles themselves were taken from the Hasegawa Weapons Set V and are beautifully rendered and have their launchers included too. The Revell F-16 is relatively hassle free, with an excellent cockpit (no aftermarket needed IMHO), accurate dimensions, and mostly good fit although like many Revell kits, the landing gear is a bit fiddly. Note that the instructions don't say to put any nose weight but although it is not a tail sitter, its center of gravity is quite precarious and does tend to fall back with the slightest nudge, so I do suggest putting in at least some weight (less than 5g will suffice). Panel lines are quite fine but, sadly, Revell didn't bother with any rivets which makes it look a bit dated compared to the amazing new(ish) Tamiya F-16. Alas, the Tamiya can only be built as a block 50 and I'm losing hope that any earlier variants will be released in the near future. Decals All decals including stencils came from the Vingtor "late RNoAF F-16AMs" sheet. The decals are very thin but easy to handle and snuggle in perfectly with Microset/Microsol. The only annoying thing is that they are too crammed into the very small sheet which makes it annoying to cut. I have a love-hate relationship with Eastern European decals (some are far too thin) but these were an absolute joy to work with. Painting/weathering The aircraft was painted with Gunze 36270 while the nose was painted Gunze 36118 (woefully light for the real thing but makes a good viper nose). Norwegian aircraft have their canopies painted black on the edges and this was done as well. Pylons and the centerline fuel tank were painted Gunze 36375. The red/white squadron fin marking was painted manually since there was no decal for it. Thanks to the climate, Norwegian birds are typically very clean, and so only mild weathering was done, with a Humbrol dark grey panel wash and later, some streaking with Windsor & Newton oils. Enjoy! #HailSatan #AveSatanas #nemA
  19. Hi all, I spent time at LN yesterday along with a few other likeminded souls. . The emphasis of the visit was the see the 480thFS "SP" F-16s, nowadays seen in the same light as the F-4s were viewed in my early days - legacy machines. The first stop was the F-16 flight line to see the aircraft being prepared, crews arriving and the first start-ups and departure. Then off to the "last chance" to catch flying operations, either at the last chance or alongside the runway. We were allowed pretty close to the runway edge, easily enough for photography with a 300mm lens. Afterwards I sat at the end of the runway for a while until a very heavy shower soaked me! The weather had been variable all day. And that was it. Attached four images from the day. As you might imagine, there are many to trawl through. Martin
  20. Right folks - this was my submission for the F-16 group build which I managed to finish a couple of days late I was so close but yet so far!!! This is only my second modern jet build and I really enjoyed it - made more enjoyable by the fact it's an excellent kit IMOH. Hopefully I can have as much luck completing the Zvezda Mig-21 for the other group build. So I would really appreciate your feedback on this one and I hope I have done the kit and the aircraft some justice. Built OOB with just a couple of tweaks such as a scratched up pitot tube. Pics below - hope you enjoy:
  21. When: 7th January 2017 to 9th April 2017 Hosts: trickyRich, Neu Before anyone mentions it, yes we have had one of those before in 2012. But seeing as the STGB calendar is full up until 2017 there would have been a nice break since the last one and so it must be time to do it again! This is one of "those" aircraft you never really get tied of, almost a perfect design, and really successful design at that was used throughout the world and still is very much in use! Plus the nice thing is there is a huge range of models for this aircraft from 1/144th up to 1/32nd and covering ever variant. So the list; 1, trickyrich - host 2, nick32 3, theplasticsurgeon 4, vppelt68 5, AnonymousDFB1 6, Lex77 7, Antoine 8, Jabba 9, Arniec 10, Vingtor 11, Ilking 12, Knight_Flier 13, Caerbannog 14, mungo1974 15, snapper_city 16, mirageiv 17, -Neu- - co-host 18, PhamtonBigStu 19, jrlx 20, Trojan Thunder 21, Giorgio N 22, swat11 23, Rob G 24, stevehnz 25, Bill Ficner 26, alex 27, DaveJL 28, DannyB 29, Tim Moff 30, AndyC 31, philp 32, logical 33, FortyEighter 34, F3 Demon 35, modelling minion 36, Blitz23 37, paulR 38, Enzo Matrix 39, Tony Oliver 40, stevej60 41, Old Viper Tester 42, Thud4444 43, Robert 44, SimonT 45, Reaper 46, Pappy 48, Stephen 49, Richard E 50, Synopsis 51, Supertom
  22. Latest one off the production line and the first for this year this is my take on Tamiya's 1/48 F-16 Aggressor painted in the colours of the 18th Aggressor Squadron based at Eielson AFB in Alaska in the attractive Arctic scheme. Built pretty much OOTB with only a couple of added extras such as the static wicks. The kit builds quite nicely but is not the easy and perfect build that some claim, at least it wasn't for me. Don't get me wrong it is a nice kit and builds well but you need to take care on a couple of parts of the build, mostly the intake. Painted with Hataka paints which were like coloured grit and will not be used again. This kit was built as part of the ongoing F-16 STGB which is well worth a look as there are some cracking builds on there. Thanks for looking in guys, and if you are interested here is the WIP. Craig.
  23. Like a fair few other modellers I really like aggressor schemes, they make a nice change from grey. The Tamiya F-16 aggressor kit has all you need to build one of these colourful machines so what better place to start. Here's the ubiquitous shot of the open box and it's contents. I also have an aftermarket decal set from Two Bobs. Though I'm unsure if it is relevant to the mark of F-16 in the kit (yes those accursed block numbers again!) so it might get used on a Hasegawa kit. Still not 100% sure which scheme to do. I really like the "Flogger" scheme but I also like the Arctic one too, decisions, decisions! Craig.
  24. Hi guys, My first ever WIP on Britmodeller! I was in the building process of a F-16 when I discovered there was F-16 groupbuild in progress. Although I was quite a bit underway Rich decided I still could participate! So here it goes: The chosen F-16 is one of my home country's airforce, the Koninklijke Luchtmacht. In 1991 the Tigermeet was held at Fairford and "we" had 2 similar F-16 with the special tiger tail, J-004 and J-012. Both block 15 OCU's I was 9 at the time but they made quite a impression on me when I saw one of them thunder the runway at Twenthe AFB. Unfortunately J-012 crashed some 2 years later in to the North Sea after engine failure.. The chosen kit is the well known Hasegawa 1/48 F-16. This one is V103, which comes with the Tigermeet decals: I made my fist Hasegawa F-16 last year, a block 40 big mouth of the Bahraini airforce: For my Dutch F-16 I will use some aftermarket stuff such a P&W nozzle and Aces II seat from Aires, wheel doors from Quickboost, AOA probes, pitot tube and static dischargers from Master, a small cockpit and engine cover PE set and early wheels from Eduard. The progress so far: Not really a big fan of PE but it looks quite nice, one day I want to try a full resin cockpit... Normally a hell of job to get the inlet seamless but I will use FOD cover, just as it had on Fairford as can be seen on the box cover. A small but important detail which is often forgotten, the hole where a fabric FOD cover is attached to. Hasegawa want you to use the left panel but for a block 15 F-16 this is not correct, unfortunately they only supply one type in this box so I had to remove one from a F-16C box in the stash. Same goes for the ECS exhaust, all F-16's build from the factory as block 15 received the newer type exhaust. Hasegawa want you to use the early type, can not understand this because when looking at the box cover photo the later type is clearly visible. Lowered the flaperons a bit as it gives a nice touch. Also this has the old style launchers, which is correct for 1991 I think. So there it is, my first WIP on Britmodeller! Erik
  25. Hello, Here is my F-16CJ in 79th Fighter Squadron (79 FS) markings as part of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base (tail code SW) around 2009. KIT The model is based on the excellent Tamiya F-16CJ block 50 Falcon in 1/32nd scale. This kit is really good in size, shapes and details. The plastic is crispy and the box includes a lot of options. The downside of this box is the limited variety of external loads included. CONSTRUCTION The advice I want to give you is to carefully follow the construction steps as they are given in the instruction sheet, otherwise there is the risk of not being able to proceed or have to start again with what you have done... For this build I wanted to use all the kit parts except for the instruments panel, for which I used the Eduard photo etched pre-colored sheet. I added some details such as hydraulic pipes and electric lines into the undercarriage bays. The pitot tube, AOA sensors and the static electricity dischargers are turned metal set from Master. But everything else, from the ejection seat to the GE exhaust are out-of-the-box. The FOD for jet intake is made from scratch as the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) inside the canopy. Where I made use of resin detail sets is for the external load: · SNIPER designator pod and pylon form Wolfpack Design; · Left HST from AMS Resin; AIM-9X drill from Zacto Model; · AGM-65 Maverick drill and rail from North Star Models. The ACMI pod is from scratch. COLORS & MARKINGS In the recent years, most of the USAF F-16CJ gets a radar-absorbing paint named “Have Glass”. The Have Glass program is intended to reduce RCS, and until now there where used many different specification. For my F-16 I tried to replicate the Have Glass version that over time leads to a metallic gray paint finish. Paint were from the acrylics lines of Gunze for modern USAF jets mixed with Tamiya Flat Aluminum. There is not a specific mixing ratio, but only so many tests until you are satisfied with the result. A semi-gloss black primer was sprayed first all over the model, followed by a thin layer of Flat Aluminum. Then, other different thin layers of metallic-grey paints were airbrushed to obtain some variation of shades. The external loads are finished with colors and stencils to represent training drills. Squadron markings and serial numbers are from some Two Bobs decal sheet for F-16CJ. I had to mix some of them to have the serial number I wanted. All the stencils are from HGW wet transfer F-16C sheet: this type of decal was a first for me and I must say that are simply outstanding and very easy to use without wasting time with clear gloss and liquid emollients. And there is no risk of silvering at all! It’s a shame that other decal manufactures does not use this system.... Some RBF tags were added to finish the model. And now some pictures of the completed model. CIAO! Piero
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