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Tamiya F-16CJ 77th Squadron "Gamblers" Colors and decals


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Hi.

Twenty years ago i used to model jet fighters and after a few years i managed to have a pretty nice collection. Unfortunately an incident occur and within a moment all of them became little broken pieces. After that  i never performed any static modelling again.

Couple of weeks a go i was reading the book "Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat" by Dan "Two Dogs" Hampton. I so enjoyed this book and few days later i received Tamiya F-16CJ Block 50 Fully equipment  1/72 as Xmas present. I am so happy because the specific (CJ - Weasels) model is what "Two Dogs" used to flight AND i was so excited when i noticed that there are PE Decals of  77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" which was his squad when he was operating in Iraq 2003.

My excitement didn't last long since i figured out that  77th Fighter Squadron squadron PE Decals where available only for 1/32 scales of this Kit. Since it has been like 20 years from the last time i was glueing and painting i started a researching of the materials and how to model this Kit (its a gem...really...) and god so many things to buy and so many techniques to apply. 

I spent hours on google and youtube but yet again i wasnt able to figure out the following:

1. True Colours of 77th Fighter Squadron of  F-16CJ Block 50 deployed in Iraq 2003. What are the colour codes to buy them
2. Decals of 77th Gamblers for 1/72 scale. Are there any out there, if not m is there a chance to print them?

I would appreciate if someone could point me to any sort of resource for the above.

ps.1 i know i could have skip the whole part up until "I spent hours on google" but just felt to share my excitement. 

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The paint schemes in the photos I looked at all seem to be the standard F-16 colors.  FS36118 (Gunship Gray) and FS36320 (Dark Ghost Gray); where gunship is the darker color.  

 

I think there's a 77th FS jet on TwoBobs 1/72 Shaw Vipers sheet 72-033.  Here's a review of it:  

https://www.arcair.com/Rev1/501-600/Rev598-TwoBobs72033/00.shtm

 

It's long out of print, but you may be able to score a sheet by placing a wanted ad here on the forum, or shopping on ebay. You could also try posting an email or PM to Steve Bamford (the site owner; user name SBARC) since he had the review sheet, he may still have that jet on a partial sheet. 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, kozlok said:

The paint schemes in the photos I looked at all seem to be the standard F-16 colors.  FS36118 (Gunship Gray) and FS36320 (Dark Ghost Gray); where gunship is the darker color.  

 

I think there's a 77th FS jet on TwoBobs 1/72 Shaw Vipers sheet 72-033.  Here's a review of it:  

https://www.arcair.com/Rev1/501-600/Rev598-TwoBobs72033/00.shtm

 

It's long out of print, but you may be able to score a sheet by placing a wanted ad here on the forum, or shopping on ebay. You could also try posting an email or PM to Steve Bamford (the site owner; user name SBARC) since he had the review sheet, he may still have that jet on a partial sheet. 

 

 

 

I'm pretty sure the standard colors are 36118 and 36270. Check table of paint schemes here:

https://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/f-16/vipercolors.shtml

 

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No, not anymore. FS36118 on the back, with FS36270 around the cockpit, tail and underside. It's been nearly 20 years since the FS36375 was changed in favour of FS36270.  

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The TwoBobs sheet @kozlok mentioned actually includes three "Gamblers" F-16Cs, a squadron commander and line birds from Allied Force (1999) and Iraqi Freedom (2003). I may have an extra copy of this sheet (or at least spares of one of the options), so if you can't find it through other sources send me a PM.

https://www.arcair.com/Rev1/501-600/Rev598-TwoBobs72033/00.shtm

 

I got to see some of these birds in person at an airshow at Shaw in fall 2000, and can confirm that they wore the 2-color gray scheme at that time (36118 over 36270, no 36375).

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Guys thank you very much for your responses. I wasn't expecting such help and i am very grateful for taking the time to help me.  

 

20 hours ago, Quixote74 said:

The TwoBobs sheet @kozlok mentioned actually includes three "Gamblers" F-16Cs, a squadron commander and line birds from Allied Force (1999) and Iraqi Freedom (2003). I may have an extra copy of this sheet (or at least spares of one of the options), so if you can't find it through other sources send me a PM.

https://www.arcair.com/Rev1/501-600/Rev598-TwoBobs72033/00.shtm

 

I got to see some of these birds in person at an airshow at Shaw in fall 2000, and can confirm that they wore the 2-color gray scheme at that time (36118 over 36270, no 36375).


Reading your message made my jaw drop twice!!
1st. When you said you might have a spare sheet
2nd You have seen those birds up front (ohhh you lucky ...)

I will PM you the soonest possible.

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I did one of Col Hampton's aircraft in 1/72 after reading his outstanding book, here:  http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal16/15201-16300/gal15281-F-16-Desautels/00.shtm

 

77th "Gamblers" decals were from Authentic Decals, sheet # 72-65; went on nicely, although I swapped out bits of several tail numbers to match the number on the tail behind him in one of his photos.  Decal sheet viewed here:  https://www.scalemates.com/kits/authentic-decals-72-65-f-16c-fighting-vipers--612184

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On 1/18/2021 at 4:26 AM, Andrew D. the Jolly Rogers guy said:

I did one of Col Hampton's aircraft in 1/72 after reading his outstanding book, here:  http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Gal16/15201-16300/gal15281-F-16-Desautels/00.shtm

 

77th "Gamblers" decals were from Authentic Decals, sheet # 72-65; went on nicely, although I swapped out bits of several tail numbers to match the number on the tail behind him in one of his photos.  Decal sheet viewed here:  https://www.scalemates.com/kits/authentic-decals-72-65-f-16c-fighting-vipers--612184


Your build looks really cool. I doubt i will manage to achieve such perfection. I did order a few cheap kits to have some practice before i mode to the "good one". I also like the "dirt" you added on the "guns" section. I remember he pinpoint that in his book on one of his photos (when he gunned down the army vehicles attacking US marine squad). 

It looks like i found a member within the forum willing to send me his spare parts of Twobobs Gamblers decals :-D

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