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1/32 F-16CJ, 52nd FW, Spangdahlem, Germany, 2004

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Made a start on this one earlier today.

I am using the Academy 1/32 F-16CG/CJ kit and the Two Bobs #32-032 'USAFE Big Mouth Vipers' decal sheet.

I will post up a few pics of progress soon.

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A couple of pics of this weeks progress.

The main gear bay with the ejector pin marks filled.

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As the Academy kit has a very noticable flaw with the intake, I decided to try and make it a bit less obvious with a little bit of surgery.

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After painting the interior of the intake duct, I fitted an intake blank to prevent the white interior getting grey overspray when it comes to the painting stage.

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Still got a bit of filling to do before fitting the intake.

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Be interesting to see how the intake turns out. Documented sore point with the kit, be nice to see a fix.

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That makes a heck of a difference - looks SO much better... i wonder if it would work with the 1/72 kits too?

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That makes a heck of a difference - looks SO much better... i wonder if it would work with the 1/72 kits too?

Not sure Chris.

Might have to try it on the 1/72 kit at some point.

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Any update in this mate? Looking great so far. :thumbsup:

Deacon

Got round to doing a bit more on the big viper this weekend.

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Finally got round to doing some more work on this beastie.

Started this morning by getting the Viper primed and pre-shaded.

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I then sprayed the greys.

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Then even managed to get the wheels on.

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Thanks for looking.

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Nice and smooth paintjob! Should look good with decals on it. :)

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Got round to doing the decals and weathering. The wash was done using Promodeller wash.

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I realized the decals on the tail and nose kinda stood out a bit more than they do on the real aircraft. This had to be corrected.

I did this by spraying a light coat of the modified Gunze H306 over them. I then redid the wash.

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I do still have quite a bit to do to the model.

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Done even more on the Viper today and think it should be ok to go on display at tomorrows Cosford model show.

I added the lights and pylons.

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I had to do something about the static wicks too as the kit ones kept on snapping off.

I removed the remaining ones and replaced them with bristles from a decorators brush.

They are a lot more flexible and won't break off.

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Once they were dry they were trimmed to size and painted.

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I like it. Nice and faded paintjob, and the static wicks look great too!

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Good idea for the static wicks. Any weapons going on?

Don

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Cheers guys.

Good idea for the static wicks. Any weapons going on?

Don

There will be weapons going on it in the next few weeks.

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Nice work! What blend of paints did you use for the Have Glass II scheme? I see a bit of sparkle in that finish that is a GREAT match to the real thing! :thumbsup:

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Nice work! What blend of paints did you use for the Have Glass II scheme? I see a bit of sparkle in that finish that is a GREAT match to the real thing! :thumbsup:

The 2 tone grey 'Have Glass' paint is Gunze Sangyo H305 and H306 with Gunze silver added in stages to get the mix right. I couldn't tell you the right amount to add however as the paint was mixed over a year ago when I did my 1/48 Tamiya kit in the same scheme.

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Thanks, Falcon. I'm thinking of doing one of the Odyssey Dawn ones in 1/72 soon, so I may try your method.

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Later Have Glass Vipers do appear to be darker in colour, almost paintshop fresh with a slight metalic sheen.

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Wow, that is something else!

I might have to make some room and build me a big bird. The last 1/32 kit I built was a Revell F-15E back in the 80s.

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