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This is an Israeli F-16D Block 30 from the IAF First Fighter Squadron, which acquired its Block 30 F-16s in 1987, before transitioning to the Block 40 in 1992.  The base kit here is the Hasegawa F-16D Block 50 with an Airwaves Israeli F-16D spine, Aires cockpit, Master pitot tube, Aviation Workshop 600 Gal tanks and markings from IsraDecal.  An Academy F-16C donated its GE jet pipe, while the LANTIRN pod, pylon and GBU-10s are from Hasegawa weapons sets and the AIM-9Ls are Eduard Brassin.  I hung the Sidewinders on stations 2 and 8, rather than the more normal wingtip pylons, because that seemed to be the norm for Israeli F-16Ds when carrying a heavy load (2 x 600 gal tanks and 4000lb of LGBs sounds like a heavily load to me!)  The Hasegawa F-16 has arguably been surpassed by more recent kits but provides a reasonable basis with a few corrections, like changing the cannon port to the later style.  Likewise, the Airwaves spine is a good start point, needing a few fixes: filling the two circular vents on the starboard side; moving the small scoop on the starboard side to the tail fairing, which also gained some detail at the rear face; and a triangular antenna on the spine. I used a Vallejo set for the Israeli scheme, which worked out pretty well.  By the way, I made a mistake in the camo scheme in that the sand should extend up the starboard side of the fin on First Fighter Squadron aircraft; what I’ve done would be more common on a Scorpion or Valley Squadron jet; ah well, live and learn.

 

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That's a lot of detail in a 1/72 scale model. Congratulations on work very well done.

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3 hours ago, BKirwan said:

Wow that is a great result. Its one beautiful but mean looking killing machine. 

 

 

1 hour ago, binbrook87 said:

Absolutely fantastic. I do like the Israeli F-16s in all their different variants. Brilliant job 👌

 

56 minutes ago, SAT69 said:

That's a lot of detail in a 1/72 scale model. Congratulations on work very well done.

 

19 minutes ago, Chrisj2003 said:

Chris, very very nice Lightning.  :goodjob: 

 

Chris

 

Thanks for your kind comments folks, much appreciated!

 

Chris

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That looks fantastic. I've also got the Airwaves spine but not had the courage to use it. Seeing how well you've made it come together could change that. :)

Steve.

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Fabulous bit of building.  

 

Forgive my ignorance and maybe not the place but what's the purpose/function of the lumpy "spine" that's added to the aircraft? 

 

The F16 doesn't seem to be the only fighter to get a hump in some configurations and just looking to improve my knowledge. 

 

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8 hours ago, stevehnz said:

That looks fantastic. I've also got the Airwaves spine but not had the courage to use it. Seeing how well you've made it come together could change that. :)

Steve.

Thanks Steve

 

The Airwaves spine is a really easy piece to use. Just cut off the base of the vertical tail from the kit, glue on the spine with a bit of super glue (it fits really well) then reattach the tail to the new spine. I used a couple of brass rods to keep it secure and vertical. 

 

Give it a try!

 

Chris

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8 hours ago, Solvent Parrot said:

Fabulous bit of building.  

 

Forgive my ignorance and maybe not the place but what's the purpose/function of the lumpy "spine" that's added to the aircraft? 

 

The F16 doesn't seem to be the only fighter to get a hump in some configurations and just looking to improve my knowledge. 

 

Thanks mate!

 

The expanded spine on the F-16 holds extra electronic equipment. Not sure exactly what is in the Israeli F-16D spine, but they often fit their own electronic warfare kit to their aircraft

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Great looking Barak, really nice work

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29 minutes ago, russ c said:

Great looking Barak, really nice work

Thanks Russ, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out

 

Chris

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Love it, looks superb

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