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(2022 F-16 GB) - 1/48 Hasegawa F-16D(ish)


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Hey ARC, I'm hoping I can jump in on this GB. I know I'm a little late to the party, but I think I can crank out a build before the deadline.

 

I'm just sitting around waiting for some parts to be delivered to finish up a couple of other projects, so I figured I'd take another project off the shelf to keep the mojo pumpin'. (You know what they say about idle hands...)

 

I was able to snatch up Hasegawa's F-16B and some additional goodies for free. I bought a few things from a vendor at a swap meet, and he threw in the kit as a bonus. Apparently, he got it from someone else and he couldn't sell it. He told me that it was a mix of parts and wouldn't  build up to an "accurate" -B or -D model. There was a resin "covered" exhaust, some resin ejection seats, and a sheet of Two Bobs decals in the box. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, a brought it home and put it in the closet. 

 

I know very little about F-16 variants and their assorted blocks. From what I have been able to figure, this is a -B with the "big" engine but not the big intake. Or, if you prefer, a -D with the small gear doors, intake, and incorrect main wheels. I didn't even try to figure out any cockpit differences. Eh...I don't care. I build for fun. I come from the If-It-Looks-Like-A(n)-(Insert Select Aircraft Here)-Then-It's-A(n)-(Insert Select Aircraft Here) school, so I'm going to build it. Only the hardest of the hardcore will know that my F-16 is "wrong." 

 

So...away we go!

 

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No, it's not "accurate," but when you can't build the one you want, build the one you got. Right?

 

Happy modeling!

-O

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Thank you for joining! it is a 1 year build so ....  you have time.  Cool project .. and yes  ... trying to find a  Hasegawa two seat F-16 is  difficult, so I understand the struggle.

 

I look forward to seeing this one.

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-O, very nice!

Had I known that these 1/48 two-seat kits by Hasegawa were going to be offered at $140 + shipping on evilBay these days, I'd have procured myself a couple of them some twenty-five years ago or so. And still, think I might have possibly been already too late by then, back in 1997? I wonder... :hmmm:

Let's see some more progress, please.

Cheers,

 

Gwen

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Hey gang, I'm really enjoying everyone's threads and progress. There's some great lookin' work going on! Speaking of progress, I was able to get my F-16 B/Dish Viper started.

 

Started out with getting the cockpits and seats built up.

 

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A problem was, these resin seats did not have the canopy breakers that the 1:1 ACES seats have.

 

 

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So, I had to improvise. I cut the breakers from the kit's plastic seats and glued them onto the resin ones.

 

 

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Not perfect but under some paint and the closed canopy, they'll pass muster.

 

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I was able to get the fuselage halves and wings slapped together.

 

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After dealing with a some seams, I glued the canopy on, too.

 

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That's where things are as of now. Still lots more to do, but this is a start. Hopefully I'll be able to post some more progress soon. Stay tuned! In the mean time, keep up all the great work! Of course, comments, questions and criticisms are welcome.

 

Cheers,

-O

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On 4/9/2022 at 2:10 AM, oortiz10 said:

Hey gang, I'm really enjoying everyone's threads and progress. There's some great lookin' work going on! Speaking of progress, I was able to get my F-16 B/Dish Viper started.

 

Started out with getting the cockpits and seats built up.

 

6mKdo6O.jpg

 

 

A problem was, these resin seats did not have the canopy breakers that the 1:1 ACES seats have.

 

 

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Actually the resin seats depict the later type with fold-out breakers, you can see them as a "bar" along each side of the headrest. 

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On 4/10/2022 at 6:20 AM, Niels said:

Actually the resin seats depict the later type with fold-out breakers, you can see them as a "bar" along each side of the headrest. 

 

Drat! I wish I had known that before I made the addition. Still, I appreciate the information Niels. I learned something today.

 

Cheers!

-O

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Just to ad a little bit to those things, they aren't canopy breakers, the F-16 canopy can't be punched through and F-16 ACES seats don't have breakers at all. Those are pitots and as far as I understand their input is used to select different modes of operation depending on height and speed during ejection.

 

Looking good, I have a soft spot for the Hasegawa F-16, there is something about this kit that transports me right back to my childhood.

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Shadrik is correct those are air data probes. On early seats they were fixed in the extended position but on later seats they are stored in a folded (down) position and deploy/extend outward upon initiation of ejection. 
 

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