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Qian

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  1. Part 2 of photos Thanks for looking guys! Comments, questions, feedback, critiques are all welcome! Cheers!
  2. Hi guys, I present to you my recently completed F-16I SUFA by Academy with aftermarket decals and various scratch-built details. It's my first fighter build in over 8 years and I'm glad she turned out exceeding my expectations. She was an absolute joy to build! Here are a list of modifications I made to the kit to enhance it: - Scratch built landing gear wheel well details such as cables, hydraulic lines and wiring. - Surgery to increase the gap between the intake and fuselage. - Added a bulge in the intake behind the heating strut to accommodate the larger nose gear of the SUFA. - New interior nose gear door details scratch built over the kit part. - Added seals for the CFTs using stretched sprue. - Sanded and tapered the front end of the LAU-129 AA missile launchers slightly as the kit ones were too round. - Modified the kit 370 gallon fuel tanks with scratched details to match the unique tanks used in Israeli service. - Scratch built the seeker head for the GBU-15 and finished off with an iridescent film for the seeker lense. - Scratch built canopy locking hooks and DASH HMD sensors for the canopy. - Scratch built oxygen hoses, canopy locking mechanisms for the cockpit using thin wiring and stretched sprue. - Ejection seats given a "sheep skin" texture with random spreading of Tamiya putty and seat belts made with aluminium foil and leftover PE. - Decals were a mixture of F-16C/D stencils from Sky's Decals and kit decals. The Sky's stencils had the correct colours for the warning triangles and other markings compared to the kit. - Added a mission marking for the 2007 Operation Orchard on the left nose below the antenna blip. 462 was one of the 4 SUFAs that took part in the mission. - And the final pièce de résistance, I used the iridescent film again and added it to the LITENING pod and HUD lenses. This is by far my favourite add-on to this build! Pictures follow! Thanks for looking! More photos in Part 2. Cheers
  3. Hey guys, Am officially wrapping up this build! Thanks for following my progress. Here are a few teasers until I can take better photos! Enjoy and thanks again for looking! Cheers!
  4. Thanks guys for the kind words. I've thoroughly enjoyed this build as I had lots of opportunities to try out new things! Thanks to all the various tools and tricks I've seen here and picked up, I wouldn't have had so much fun building up this Sufa. As much as I have enjoyed this build, this build is now winding up at the finishing touches now. So this will be the last update before I roll her off to the finishing line. The canopy frame was plain in itself and cried out for some add-ons to make her look busier. So I scratch built some canopy locking hooks using leftover PE as well as made some DASH HMD sensors for the aircrew positioned just above them. And lastly, I played around with the HUD with some iridescent film to mimic the actual plane where the HUD changes colour as one walks around it. The effect gave a truly authentic and realistic look to it and I think the HUD is my favourite part of my build now! Thanks for looking!
  5. Now that's a shame the judges didn't like it Janne. Like what crackerjazz said, I too thought the weathering and variations in tone were done perfectly as per the real aircraft being in service and exposed to years of the elements. But glad to see your still positive outlook towards the competition despite the outcome. I am sure we modellers here (myself included) can still learn from your mastery towards bettering our builds! Keep up the good work and continue to inspire modellers like myself with your masterpieces! Cheers
  6. Hi guys, Slowly inching closer to the finish line. I finished off the GBU-15s, targeting pods and hung the stores beneath the wings. Now all is left is to polish the canopy, work on the canopy frame, attach the last few fiddly bits and she should be just about done. The GBU-15s Heres the latest batch of photos under natural lighting. One of my last few tricks I will try on this build is to use some iridescent film which I cut into a circle and glued into place on the LITENING pod lenses. I was happy with the effect and looks just like the reference photos on the real pod. Now this trick will go onto the HUD too which will be the final icing on the cake before I roll it off to the finish line. Thanks for looking!
  7. Small update! Started weathering. Now she's really starting to come to life. As Sufas are extensively used for operations, I opted to give her a battle-hardened look. Reference photos show the CFTs are considerably more dirty than the rest of the fuselage. There are also plenty of stains too on the underside especially around the undercarriage. Weathering was exclusively done using oil washes. Hope its not too much? The 370 gallon tanks were also weathered according to the reference photos! And lastly, the SUFA is equipped with a slightly different NLG door to accommodate its larger gear. This was scratchbuilt, sprayed and an oil wash given to punch up the details. Not perfect but looks the part. Hope the rest of the gear and the LANTIRN nav pod will do its best to hide! Haha Thanks for looking! Cheers Qian
  8. Have been away for some time already and can see your love for F-16s has never waned a bit! Excellent job on this one! This has given me inspiration to start my 1/72 Black Knight! Cheers Qian
  9. Looking good so far! Keep up the good work!!
  10. Update! Started applying the decals. Now she's really starting to gain familiar looks! I did went back to repaint the radome as I felt it was too dark as well as touch up on the camo to improve the look before applying the decals. There is an error on the kit markings for the stencils. Academy printed the stencils orange when in the real aircraft, it is more of a pinkish orange. I managed to grab some stencils from Sky's Decals which provided the correct stencil colours as well as bonus stencils for the Sufa. I was delighted with the product from Sky's Decals as they were some of the softest decals I have ever used. They conformed nicely without silvering. The only problem was that the decals were sized for the Tamiya kit, but hey nothing too hard to play around with the decals to get them in the right place on this kit. The Star of David roundels and Negev Squadron markings were from the kit though. There's still slight silvering on the tail flash though despite lots of Mark Softer. And she has gotten her legs too. The time spent adding all the various plumbing and wiring are reaping their rewards now! The AAMs are done too! Thanks for looking! Cheers! Qian
  11. Finally an update! Painting the camo was a lot harder than I anticipated! After analysing more reference photos of the Sufa, I noticed that the camo colours do not have sharp transitions, but rather they have diffused edges. The transitions were more apparent on the CFTs so it wasn't a case of simply mask with tape and spray. I wanted to try something new in order to get that transition right. Thankfully through a Su-27 build I came across online, the modeler used paper templates of the camo by scaling up the instructions to match his model and then cut them out. The resulting airbrushing gave an effect I think closely matched the camo patterns of the Sufa. I'll leave the link of the build here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj0i1yFX-lI&t=1268s With that, I dug up my old instructions manual for my Kinetic Sufa built long ago, I scaled up the sheet by 2.69x on an A3 paper to get the correct scale for 1/32. I then cut out the 3 colours individually and paste them on my model. Problem I found that since the paper templates were in 2D and with the complicated shape of the Sufa, some of the templates were of the wrong sizes. So I had to improvise here and there in order to get the template right. I tested it out on the horizontal stabs for a little look-see, not bad! This was followed by the main body. Of course it wasn't smooth-sailing as some oversprays happened here and there. But no biggie, just touch it up and go from there. Overall I'm really happy with the way the final camo turned out. Do let me know what you think! Next update, weapons and decals! Thanks for looking! Cheers Qian
  12. Good progress so far Janne. One method I found for added realism on the PE burner rings is to heat them up over a stove for some burn marks. It will dramatically enhance the realism! Qian
  13. Thanks Ron and Manuel. Yes I am aware of the shape issue of the Academy nose cone. Unfortunately I do not have a spare Tamiya cone to replace the kit one so this is a small error that I will live with. In the meantime, the topside camouflage is being masked and sprayed. It's a lot of fun trying to get the demarcation lines between the 3 colours right to the eye. Instead of sharp demarcations, it is more of a blended demarcation and is something I am hoping to get right. I will post an update sometime around the next week or so when I have finished the camouflage so stay tuned! Cheers Qian
  14. Update time! Finally managed to get some work done. Have been doing little works here and there in between my flights and now have something significant to update you all with. Paint has finally come on the under sides and is an opportunity for me to try a new painting technique! This is a technique I am trying for the first time instead of the common grey priming and black pre-shading which I see a lot here. Before the Light Ghost Grey camo was sprayed, I primed the entire model with Mr Surfacer black which also serves as a pre-shade. The effect aims to give a shadow effect for the light grey as well as to to give some depth into the model for added realism. After studying many reference photos of Israeli F-16s, I found that the Sufas are not as weathered as the earlier Baraks and Netz in operation for much longer. Nevertheless, I started off by spraying random marbling patterns of Light Ghost Grey to give the effects of weathering. Once I was happy with the marbling effect, I sprayed thin layers of grey to tone the black areas down until I was happy with the effect. The aim was to give random grey patterns with different shades on the underside to simulate weathering. Let me know what you guys think? Too much? Too little? Or just nice? 🙂 Thanks for looking! Cheers Qian
  15. That first photo looked so real to me that I had to do a double take! Well done! 👍
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