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1/72 F-16 Viper "US Marines Aggressor" BDU Splinter Camo


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I was feeling creative and wanted to do another "what if" scenario with an F-16.  This is my version of of an F-16 with BDU splinter camo based on the color scheme from the Alaska aggressor squadron.   I know at that Marine and Navy pilots flew F-16s in an aggressor role a few years back and serving as a US Marine for over 8 years made this kit even more fun to build. The model kit is a 1/72 F-16C from Frog models (Academy mold).  I've built several F16s now in 1/72 a few Hasegawa older molds and several Tamiya kits in this scale.  I found this kit to be more detailed than the Hasegawa kits but in my opinion the Tamiya kit in this scale is still the best.  I also read there were some shape issues as the nose section is to narrow and the spacing between the intake and lower aircraft assembly was to little.  comparing it with the Tamiya kit I see the subtle differences.  The kit comes with a decent amount of armament and weapons pods but unfortunately Frog did not provide instructions on assembly so I had to guess and research the proper placement of the targeting pods and armament.  overall it was a fun build and i used alot of masking tape for the splinter camo, i know there are paint masks out there but it would take over a month to receive in the mail.  The decals are a mash out of left over Carcal Dark Vipers and Furball F-35 decals that I did not want to waste.  I included some reference shots for what inspired me 

Thanks for looking!

49861403953_29f97c9c1e.jpgReference by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49862249787_a0a6173e0d_z.jpgReference by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

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49863391136_1325a34382_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863698952_5fd09dd57e_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863391031_0f431fd3d0_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863698962_9cb8eb2c80_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863698342_c6f1508c4c_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863390811_bd6c88d8ef_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863390981_cd3d08e325_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863698542_5dcc62b50a_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49862854843_5fc8ecdae9_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863390701_0ff134c098_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

49863391031_0f431fd3d0_b.jpgF-16 marines aggressor by Reginaldo Reyes, on Flickr

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Superb work done on that camo scheme & that Frog kit looks alright.

 

Martin

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Flawless finish, as per! I've only recently been made aware of the BDU splinter camo on some F-16's - I'll definitely be having a go at one myself at some point. Here's to hoping it's half as good as yours! 

Top job. 

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55 minutes ago, daryl_five_zero said:

Flawless finish, as per! I've only recently been made aware of the BDU splinter camo on some F-16's - I'll definitely be having a go at one myself at some point. Here's to hoping it's half as good as yours! 

Top job. 

Thanks! I'm working on an arctic splinter one as well! 

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Great build and scheme, really nicely done

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