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(2022 F-16 Group Build) My Contribution: 906TFG F-16A


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I am going for an F-16A from the 906TFG out of Wright-Patt AFB.  Reserve unit that was there when I was stationed there in the 80's.

 

I have been collecting the necessary ingredients to make it a proper A model.  Here is a sample.

 

The kit I am starting with- Hasegawa F-16N #V7

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The appropriate smaller horizontal stabs from Quickboost, ACES seat and a nice looking burner can.

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The Academy F-16 kit is donating an appropriate vertical stab.

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Two Bobs stencil decals

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This is what I am hoping for:

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Using Speed Hunter Decals

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Like Kurt I don't like painting cockpits so I have a Quinta 3D decal on order.  Well, its time to get started.

 

See ya later.

 

Geoff M

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Since you're using the F-16N as basis, the instrument panel will be incorrect for the F-16A. The F-16N is essentially an F-16C, including same cockpit layout. 

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8 hours ago, Niels said:

Since you're using the F-16N as basis, the instrument panel will be incorrect for the F-16A. The F-16N is essentially an F-16C, including same cockpit layout. 

I ordered the Quinta 3d decal for a F-16A.

 

Geoff M

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For a jet of that era, you're going to have to skip a lot (most?) of the Afterburner stencil decals. For instance, the jet you are doing has yellow-ish RESCUE arrows and orange ejection seat warning placards. Hopefully the SH sheet has some of those for you. 
Looks like a great subject!

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Hi again,

 

I started working on the kit, while I am waiting on the cockpit details.  Sort of doing a series of sub assemblies.  I am thinking of painting the fuselage and wings before putting them together instead of masking and painting.  We will see.

 

Here is some progress so far:

A nice looking bang seat.  I have not dealt with this yet

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I have removed all the details from the kit cockpit while waiting on the Quinta parts.

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Some work on the intake.

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I know, there's a seam still

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The Academy kit vert stab in place.  Fit just like it was made for the Hasegawa kit.

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Might be leaning right just a bit.  

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Installed the landing gear bay parts and the ventral strakes. I am not a super-detailer, so kit details suffice for me

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I glued the rear of engine turbine looking thing to front of the intake area so people that like to look into engine intakes will see something

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Wings halves glued together and seams sanded.  These fit really well, no putty needed.  The plastic on the wing on the left has some waves in it.

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When I have built this kit before I noticed there was no positive alignment feature to the radome.  I fashioned a piece of strip plastic that I will glue to the front of the nose to provide that.

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It will look like this.  Right now held in place with putty.

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I don't recall this plane being a tail sitter but the instructions said to add weight to the nose.  Fishing split shot held in place with putty.

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Thats where I am at for now.  Waiting for the cockpit to arrive.

 

Geoff M

 

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It's kinda hard to tell from your pictures, but that Academy tail fin tip looks more like the C/D tip than the A/B tip. I think it can be corrected with a bit of sanding.

 

Jens

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Still waiting on cockpit details.  While I am waiting I started doing some painting.  Hoping I can put it all together with some minor touch ups.

bang seat

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This particular F-16 still had the original paint scheme of 36375 lower fuselage, 36270 sides and vert stab, 36118 upper fuselage.   here is the bottom painted up and the intake installed.

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Upper fuselage

 

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Wings, I filled the unused holes for the inner pylon since I will be leaving them off.

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A bunch of little things painted 

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Landing gear painted up

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Wheels

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Thats where it is now.  Waiting on the postman so I can strt closing things up.

 

Geoff M

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6 minutes ago, Jay Chladek said:

Where does one sign up for this GB?

 

 

Original proposal thread here.    

 

On 1/14/2022 at 11:11 PM, Kurt H. said:

Start now and put a topic in the Jet modelling forum ... we will get a Group Build in the GB forum when Steve has time.

 

WIPs can be started here (Jet modelling forum -->   In-Progress forum),  with  your title prefixed with "(2022 F-16 Group Build)"

 

 

 

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It has been a few days since I posted anything but I have been getting things done.

 

I managed to get the fuselage together after I got the Quinta parts.  I forgot to take a picture of the the cockpit before I put it in the fuselage.  It was designed for the Kinetic F-16 but a little trimming and it worked fine.  So far the kit is going together fairly effortlessly.  No putty has been needed.

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Front view

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Here is the alignment piece I made to help in attaching the radome

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Wings on, I needed a little put at the wing-fuselage joint here and some touch up paint.

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Decaling in progress after some future for a gloss coat.  Speed Hunter Graphics decals are working great.

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Top View.  I should have this bird done in a day or so.  I still need to paint a bunch of sidewinders 🤪

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Thanks for looking.  Feedback welcome.

 

Geoff M 

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Thanks Jake, You and me both.

 

Got this one finished today.  I did it just like the picture I posted.  Here's how it came out.

 

 

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I tried to get a shot of the cockpit but it is a little blurry shooting through the canopy.

 

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