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1/32 Tamiya F-16 “DARK FALCON”


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1/32 Tamiya F-16 “DARK FALCON”

 

"It’s a longstanding tradition within the Belgian Air Force to have an F-16 Solo Display Team perform during the airshow season. A legacy worth preserving. Once every two or three years, an experienced F-16 pilot is selected to represent the Belgian Air Force internationally. From 2018 onwards, for the next three seasons, Senior Captain (Sr.Cpt.) Stefan Darte will perform at airshows all over Europe with a freshly painted F-16AM."

‘Vador’

"Very early in his career, his fellow student pilots gave him his nickname. It was obvious that his surname had to be extended with the addendum 'Vador', referring to the main character in the popular Star Wars movies."

 

Stefan Darte

"Sr. Cpt. Stefan Darte was born in 1977. He is a highly experienced pilot which has been flying the F-16 'Fighting Falcon' for some years. He spent most of his career flying with the 1st 'Scottish Thistle' Squadron, 2nd Tactical Wing, based at Florennes Air Base. He's currently a fighter weapons instructor. With nearly 3.000 flying hours on the F-16, 'Vador' will be able to demonstrate the maneuverability of the Fighting Falcon convincingly."

 

“The F-16 Demo Team is more than a pilot and an F-16. Vador is supported by a vast team of professionals, each with their own speciality. During the airshow season, the groundcrew of the F-16 Demo Team will ensure that the pilot can perform in the best possible conditions with a perfectly prepared aircraft.”

 

The team itself consists of one display pilot, fourteen technicians and a webmaster. All team members belong to ordinary air force personnel which means they have to fulfil their duties as the members of the team as well as they are available for any mission to preserve peace and security worldwide.

 

 

So, this is my take on this aircraft in 1/32 scale, before you mention it there are some things, I couldn’t do to replicate the aircraft properly, the engine isn’t correct and the smoke winders are home-made, there are a few other things, but I have used what I could.

There are no decals in 1/32 so this is all airbrushed, and I made my own decals were necessary.

I used MRP paints as they dry quick and helped me in the masking department, this isn’t finished as I am waiting on reed oak to send me the figures I need, but the aircraft its self is finished.

Enjoy

 

 

 

 

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My gosh, that is absolutely beautiful! The work of a master builder. Congratulations!

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I really want to do one of these in 48, but can't find the decals anywhere. I did, for a few moments, consider spraying it myself but noped out of that very quickly! 

 

You've done a fantastic job, well done 👌

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Absolutely fantastic. Attention to detail is spot on & the overall finish is very subtly done. 
 

Pete

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Superb work! Great paintwork and a fitting tribute to Senior Captain (Sr.Cpt.) Stefan Darte - I've seen him in action and he's pretty damn good!

 

I doubt that too many will notice the wrong engine but it begs the question why - with so many European air force and aggressor schemes possible for the earlier blocks why kits are not readily available to build them accurately?

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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Wow!

 

That looks fantastic! Love the flags on the back.

 

I've been pottering about with a 1/72nd f16 b and this has just given me an idea. 

 

Thanks for sharing 

 

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Wow!!

Impressive and fantastic! Will have to do it with an Austrian rudder one day..... was a great show last year :)

:thumbsup:

 

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Really nice f-14 there, love the scheme, great job

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