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  1. Seeing we are revisiting quite a few GB's form the past I thought it was time (well you can thank @vppelt68 for reminding me ) to re-visit everyones favorite/favourite little Light Weight Fighter, the F-16! It has been a few years since the last one, 2017...I know because I hosted that one, so 2021 is about right to do it again. The F-16 is still a front-line assert in most air forces around the world....well those not silly enough to go the F-35 path...... trust my lot too! ......and i know there's masses of F-16's in stashes so there's no excuse to help make room in the stash of even more models! Ok with the last F-16 STGB, allowed the Mitsubishi F-2 because of it's an F-16 on steroids. The F-16XL is ok of course in it's demo schemes, but this time I'm opening it up just a wee bit more. The proviso is that it's in a proper operational F-15E Strike Eagle scheme!!! The F-16XL was up again the F-15E Strike Eagle for the US Air Force's "Enhanced Tactical Fighter" competition, which it lost out to in 1984. So by some twist of bazaar fate (or me having a night on the rum back then), something mysteriously happened and the F-16XL won the competition. So for one time only I'm allowing and F-16XL in either current or former F-15E colour schemes...Israeli F-15I scheme? * referenced from? (Top Shots II) 1, trickyrich - Host 2, Corsairfoxfouruncle 3, Tony Oliver 4, rafalbert 5, Marlin 6, madcat911 7, theplasticsurgeon 8, TEMPESTMK5 9, Wez 10, Jabba 11, Valkyrie 12, Vingtor 13, zebra 14, helios16v 15, Romeo Alpha Yankee 16, CliffB 17, Beazer 18, Col. 19, modelling minion 20, Mozzy19 21, exdraken 22, desert falcon 23, Marcin Kaminski 24, Arniec 25, Bowman 26, FortyEight 27, 28, 29, 30,
  2. At some point I'd like to make a 527 AS F-16 as based at Bentwaters, all too briefly, in the late 80s. I believe they were block 30 F-16Cs; can anyone tell me if there is a suitable 1/48 kit to represent one? Would any F-16C kit do or are the different 'block' versions quite obviously different?
  3. As there are no group builds currently in progress that I am equipped to enter and fail to meet the deadline, as I’ve missed the Spitfire STGB and don’t have the correct mark of Spitfire for the Battle of Britain 80th (which I really should be entering), I’ve decided to do something, hopefully, a little different. Inspired by some great pictures here I thought I might finally get round to doing an F-16 I’ve had in the stash for ages. So using this kit: I‘m going to try and create something like this, taken by Kevin Wills and published on www.globalaviationresource.com Here’s a shot of the kit parts (obviously I once made a start on this kit as a few bits have been painted white), and the kit decals (sadly a bit damaged from too long in a damp garage) and some aftermarket etched brass as the kit will need to be updated (why do I do this? I’m rubbish at using etch and superglue!) a close up of the etch and the decals I’ll be using to do an RJAF jet If I’m to get a model looking even remotely like the picture on Global Aviation Resource is going to be a challenge, and I really ought to try and give myself a deadline - maybe the end of October? Possibly November? But probably December!!
  4. Hello! Today I present to you my newest model of Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon in 1/72 scale. The model was created from the Polish MisterCraft set, which is a very weak set. I modified the model and after the modification it has a new pilot's seat, completed gaps in the main landing gear, a new engine nozzle as well as improved geometry and wing mounting. The model received the livery of the 445th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, California, February 2010.
  5. Hello, Here is my first post as an amateur modeller, this was my 8. finished project. I am aware of some major problems but I would like to hear your comments and advices. Turkish air force specific decals (some service markings and tail crest) are printed by me -first attempt so not the best quality-, other decals are oob. Since decal paper was transparent I had to paint the areas as white which will have decals on top (except tail vulture crest), worst part of printing own decals In the last photo you can see one of my previous projects - modified Revell F-16 Solotürk -
  6. Here is the Work In Progress report for 841220 F-16C Block25C - 57th Wing 64th Aggressor - Nellis AFB: For this build I will use Academy F-16C model in 1:48 scale. There is a great thread in this forum about Academy Viper: Some resin part updates will be used to improve this kit. Serkan
  7. Since couple of years I was busy with 3 view artworks of various F-16 Vipers. Now the time has come to bring them alive... In this thread I will summarise the Viper versions I am planning to build. The content will be extended depending on my performance for new artworks Here is the initial list of Vipers I am planning to build: 1. 841220 F-16C Block25C - 57th Wing 64th Aggressor - Nellis AFB: The "Work In Progress" report has started here... 2. 860269 F-16C Block32D - USAF Weapon School - 57th Wing 64th Aggressor Squadron - Nellis AFB: 3. 851418 F-16C Block25F - 57th Adversary Tactics Group 64th Aggressor Squadron - Nellis AFB: More Vipers will be added to this list soon Serkan
  8. Hello everyone Whilst I am a couple of days adrift for the 6th June, I present my 1:72 F-16AM in the magnificent 75th Anniversary markings of FA-124 of 349 Squadron, Belgian Air Force. Kit was the Revell Stingers F-16, with of course Syhart decals which went down wonderfully. Paints were a mix of Italeri, AK Interactive for the exhaust (which was my best attempt yet) MiG and Vallejo. I scratch built the static dischargers from toothbrush bristles. I had the pleasure of going to the Belgian Airforce Day on 23rd June 2019 and saw this beast from about 2 metres away as it went past on the taxiway! Many congratulations to the paintshop!
  9. 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.
  10. Hi All Here are some photos of my Tamiya 1/48 F-16 built up as an Aggressor aircraft based at Nellis AFB. The Tamiya F-16 is about as nice a kit as you can get in 1/48 (certainly better than the GWH F-15E I just finished), but I added some additional details, which if I'm honest probably weren't worth it: Aires F-16C/N Cockpit - although the detail is amazing, the fit of the resin cockpit in the kit was pretty poor. I had to thin down the kit parts so much to get it to fit, so I suspect it wasn't designed for the Tamiya kit despite being sold as such. Also since so little of the cockpit is actually visible I'm not sure all that work was necessary Aires F-16C Wheel bays - again I'm not sure they were meant for this kit despite what the packaging says and since they aren't that visible from most angles I should've probably skipped them and stuck with the kit parts Aires F-16 exhaust nozzle - this was a drop in replacement for the kit parts and is so much more detailed that I think it was worth it! Aside from the Aires resin pieces I also used a mask kit from DN models (excellent) and TwoBobs decals (also excellent). I chose this scheme partly because I found a lot of good photos of this aircraft (85-418) and partly because it doesn't have multi-colour walkway lines so I didn't have to worry about lining up the camo colours with the decals The ordinance under the wings is from Meng, specifically from their recent US Air-to-Air missile sets. These are really nicely moulded one piece missiles, and the decals are also very good. The only changes I made were the blue inert missile stripes which were painted on since the Meng set comes with the yellow/brown live missile decals. The ACMI pod is from the Tamiya kit. The paints were a mix of Vallejo and AK Interactive acrylics - I used the TwoBobs decal sheet to find the FS numbers and tried to match the acrylics as close as I could. The TwoBobs decals were excellent - perfect colour, minimal film and they settled down very well with some decal solution. They were also tough enough to withstand some poking to get them to go into the panel lines. Even the tiny name decals on the canopy are easily legible. They even included the tiny star decal for the HUD surround, With a little bit of decal solution, they conformed to the tail piece really well. The Meng missiles are really impressive for 1/48 plastic pieces - if you are looking for additional missiles I recommend this set. Thanks for looking!
  11. Hello fellow modelers, let me introduce you myself. My name is Thanos, I am a mechanics student from Athens, Greece. One of my passions are airplanes. I spend the most of my day in home, due to the corona virus outbreak. So, I started scrolling in YouTube and I found lots of aircraft modeling videos. I didn’t waste any time and I bought my first kits, (2 Eduard Spitfires (1/72) and a Kinetic F 16 Block 52+ HAF (1/48), which are actually my favorite aircrafts), paints and an H&S Ultra 2 in 1 airbrush. I had almost no experience in scale modeling (only a Revell A320 and a Revell Leopard 2A6, almost 5 years ago), but I have a lot of experience in general manufacturing, as I used to spend the most of my day in my university’s laboratories, prior to virus outbreak. I made this thread in order to share some photos of the Kinetic’s F 16 and also to ask about advices from people who have built this kit. For the Spitfires I will make another thread. I am using reference photos from a book called "Vipers under the skin". The most colours I am using are AK's 3rd gen acrylics, I am also using some TAMIYA acrylics and Humbrol Enamels. I started this thread a little bit late, but I have a lot work to do in my project. I started with the cockpit, which have nice details but I found that some swithes are wrong. I ve used AK's 3rd gen acrylics for as base colors (Intense black as priming and then I sprayed 80% sky gray + 20% england grey as base color). For the details I also used some AKs 3rd gen, some TAMIYA acrylics and Humbrol Enamels. I used 0.2mm Nozzle, cause my H&S Ultra came with 0.2mm aircap as an 0.4mm aircap (a known issue to them for the lattest batches, but I have received the replacement part). For detailing I used DaVinci NOVA 10/0 and Winsor and Newton 111 3/0 synthetic brushes. Then the inlet followed, I made some fitting testing und I painted it inside. I used white with very little sky gray, also I used Mr.Surfacer 1200 in order to fill some gaps. After the Inlet I started paintig the exhaust. As you can see in the pictures I tried to fill some flaws caused by the mould. At first I painted with AK's 3rd gen Intense White mixed with only a little of Sky Grey. Then I sprayed some smoke lines (following my referense pictures and my experience with the engine) with Intense Black, in the end I further weathered it with a mix (using again the refernce pictures) of Winsor & Newton Wintor Ivory Black and Abteilung Dark Rust oil paints (I used a No 8 Synthetic Flat Brush). I didn't thin the mix prior to the application (as this oils have relatively low viscosity), but I only used AK's odorless enamel thinner to remove the excess paint. I used the same processes for the afterburner chamber and the exhaust nozzle connector but I tried to make a heavier weathering, using two tones of the weathering mix (a blacker and a browner one). For the inside part of the exhaust nozzle I used a mix of White and Medium Grey mix, trying to replicate the ceramic material. And I weathered it using different tones of the weathering mixture. The most difficult part was the exterior painting. As a base I painted it black and then with natural steel metalic color. I made a mix using black and medium grey to paint the smoke and then I tried to shade every fin using the previous weathering mix (Ivory Black and Dark rust). For the wheel bay I used AK's Intense white and Intense Black for pre shading, AK Panelliner for grey camo and Winsor & Newton Wintor Ivory Black oil paint for weathering. The dry fittings continue..... But today I really made big progress, I finished weathering on wheel bays and finally I glued the inlet and the main wheel bay with the fuselage. I made some dry fitting, so I managed to have a good result. The inlet was a little bit tricky and needed a lot of sanding and putty, but in the end the result was satisfying. Tomorrow I am planning to glue the three fuselage parts. I have also finished the assembly of the weapons and the drop off tanks. I use as a reference picture of a F 16D Block52+, so I am planning to use 2 370 gallon tanks, 2 Iris Ts, 2 120 AMRAAMs and 2 AGM 88 HARMs, allong with the CFTs and LANTIRN targeting and naviagation pods. I know that it looks overweathered, but I think that the result is very close with the reference pictures. HAF's F 16 are really weathered, due to their use.
  12. Hi all here is my recently finished 1:48 Italeri F-16 (2786) I finished it in the markings of a Portuguese Air Force F-16AM markings are 20 Years of F-16 in Portuguese Service by Model Maker Decals Mr Hobby Color paints used H305,H306,H307 and H308 For main colours plus Tamiya paints for minor parts An enjoyable build despite some fit issues with the undercarriage Thank you for looking and enjoy Happy Modelling
  13. After a little research, can I assume I'd be correct in saying that Dutch F-16s are the following greys? FS36118 FS36270 FS36375 However, as it's 1/48 I'm intending, and I am terrible at handpainting, I want to use rattle cans for all of these. Does anyone know which BS number equivalents I'd need as I cannot find any spray paint companies listing FS numbers.
  14. This is my 1/48 Tamiya F-16C Block 52 Viper dressed up in the markings of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Black Knights aerobatic demo team. Base kit used was Tamiya's F-16C/N Aggressor/Adversary kit as it has parts to build all F-16C blocks from 25 through 52. I modded the kit by using the metal pitot and AoA probes from Tamiya's F-16 detail-up set. I also scratch-built the smoke system pipe from the centreline station to the nozzle at the exhaust as well as the HMD sensor on the canopy. The seat was detailed using Fine Molds' plastic seatbelts for ACES II seats. Static discharge wicks were made with stretched sprue. I used decals from Miliverse to represent a Viper flown by Lead Solo MAJ Eugene Lim of the RSAF Black Knights demo team. Overall a nice build though the decals did give some problems. Hope you enjoy the photos! Mark
  15. Hi, Been a while since my last posting. Kind of lost my mojo after I threw the Tamiya Sea Harrier kit away because it just beat me !! .. will start saving for the Kinetic version. In the meantime , found this 1:48 F16 in Home bargains for about £5 but it was the "Thunderbird version " but with an Air National Gaurd option, so here it is. All OOB and the only change was to paint the canopy with a gold tint. Cheap kit and probably not accurate but it looks like a F-16. Main issue was the canopy fit, it was warped so had to use quite a bit of filler to make it fit. Painting the canopy was new and worked better than I thought. Also, got a new airbrush and well happy with it. So much so, I liked using it so much, I managed to cover up all the pre-shading.. Lots of techniques learned and re learned with this cheap kit. Now on the hunt for a decent Lysander Cheers Happy Modelling
  16. Four F-16s of Eskadrille 727, Royal Danish Air Force, at Nellis AFB for Red Flag 84-4, Jun 1984. 80-3600, E-600 80-3601, E-601 80-3609, E-609 80-3614, ET614 Esk 727 badge Interception target identification light Thanks for looking, Sven
  17. Hello everyone, my latest build of Tamiya F-16CJ Block50. Extras used: Eduard PE for cockpit and ladder, Eduard resin seat, Master model pitot set Paints and colours used: Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, AK Interactive Extrememetall, Florymodels washes, Abteilung 502 oils I hope you like the result.
  18. Hello everyone. I`m looking to model USAF and IAF F-16 in 1/144 and have had no luck in finding a decal sheet of USAF tail codes. The ones I am after in particular are WA and AZ. Does anyone know if there is a sheet of generic letters available that could be used. I have had a good look but am having no luck. I am also looking for a scorpion tail decal in 1/144. Does anyone know of a place where I might find it, I can find a sheet of other SQN`s but not this particular one. Many thanks. https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/6/70666_1541230267.jpg
  19. F-16A 80-0550, F-16 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. Evaluation flights of handling qualities (stability and control) of the aircraft with LANTIRN targeting and navigation pods. The pods and pylons are engineering mock-ups. October 1982 and January 1983. Lucky shot as we re-joined and barrel rolled over him to avoid overshooting. Good view of the general arrangement of the spin recovery parachute attachment fittings and associated fuselage reenforcements Straight-in approach to Runway 22 over Rogers Dry Lake. The Boron mines in the background. '550 was a dedicated Performance and Flying Qualities (P&FQ) test aircraft, hence the spin recovery chute fittings for high angle-of-attack and departures testing. '550 would later have an F-16C vertical tail installed to evaluate the effects of the enlarged fairing that was intended to house the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer, which, as it turns out, was never accepted by the USAF. Thanks for looking, Sven
  20. RSAF F-16 training detachment (if it had a squadron designation at this time, I couldn't find it) of the 58th Tac Training Wing playing in Red Flag 90-1 at Nellis AFB, October 1989. These aircraft are from the first RSAF Foreign Military Sale program: Peace Carvin I. F-16A 87-0397 F-16A 87-0398 F-16A 87-0399 F-16A 87-0400 F-16B 87-0401 F-16B 87-0402 F-16B 87-0403 F-16B 87-0404 Emblem on the left side of the engine intake Thanks for looking, Sven
  21. F-16B 81-0817, F-16 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, August 1986. Can't say much about this one. USAF images. Thanks for looking, Sven
  22. Academy is to release two new variants/boxings from its 1/32nd Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon kit. - ref.12123 - F-16CG/CJ Fighting Falcon released October 2015 Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00012&pCode=9052 - ref.12123A - KF-16C Fighting Falcon ltd. edition Source: [http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=9060&pCategory=NEWS1 V.P.
  23. Hello! Here is an old build from 1995. It's my Dragon 1:144 General Dynamics (now Lockheed-Martin) F-16D Fighting Falcon. It represents 85-0572/SP, of the 480th TFS/52nd TFW, USAFE, USAF based at Spangdahlem AB, Germany in late 1980s/early 1990s. I recall making a series of small modifications to improve/correct this kit, with one major one: I replaced the awful intake part with one from an Academy/Minicraft kit. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome as always Miguel
  24. F-16s of the 465th Tac Fighter Squadron, 507th Tac Fighter Group, AF Reserve out of Tinker AFB. Red Flag 91-4, Nellis AFB, June 1991. 79-0381 79-0415 80-0482 80-0489 80-0506 Thanks for looking, Sven
  25. F-16A 78-0064, F-16 Combined Test Force, 6510th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. F100 engine Digital Electronic Engine Control development program. February 1983. August 1983. Thanks for looking, Sven
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