delayar Posted February 18, 2016 Share Posted February 18, 2016 (edited) Hi there! I recently started my big scale Viper from Tamiya. I had that sitting on the shelf for almost 8 years, and now I thought it was time to start the build. I want to build it as a F-16CM (full CCIP update) from the 55th Fighter Squadron during Operation Unified Protector: https://i2.wp.com/fightersweep.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Aviano-August-31-2011-OUP801-F-16CM-91-0389.jpg?ssl=1 I really like the loadout combination of HARM, GBU-38 and air-to-air weapons, so I decided to build this jet. Of course, there is some aftermarket involved as well: Black Box Cokpit Aires Exhaust Wheeliant Wheels Wolfpack Sniper pod AMS left side HTS pod Videoaviation GBU-38 Eduard Exterior PE (To be extended...) ;) The decals will be a mix of the new Speed Hunter Graphics "Big Scale Vipers" sheet and Afterburners "Shaw Shooters" With those two sets the markings of 91-0389 from 2011 are possible. I think I will scratch build the AN/ALE-50 towed decoy dispenser, which was used during OUP. The shape is not that complex, and there are good reference pictures in the Reid Air book. What I don't know yet is, where I will get the BRU-57. But as I am a slow builder, who knows what will be available when the time comes to add the ordnance. ;-) I started with the engine and the dolly. I did them OOB, without an further detailing. It will be positioned outside the aircraft, because on the airframe itself, I will use the Aires exhaust. I ordered a second H sprue, so that I have a second fan face for the intake. The F-16 itself was started with the intake. I used a trick from the 1/48 kits, where I first mate the forward and rear parts of the intake, fill and sand the gap, and then put together the top and bottom halfes. A thin coat of flat white to check the seam: Of course I checked, if I can get the assembled intake in position beforehand. I dry fitted the parts and held them together with tape. It needed some fiddling, but the test was ok, so I use this method to get a seamless intake. That's it, so far. Markus Edited February 21, 2018 by delayar Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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