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F-16D Fighting Falcon

by Steven St James


F-16D Fighting Falcon


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I've always loved the lines of the F-16. It has a classic shape that looks like it should be flying. For WWII, my favourite is the Mustang, in Korea it was the F86 Sabre, the Falcon, in my opinion, falls into that category.

Onto the kit. This is Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F-16D.

I've built this kit a few times and the area I've never enjoyed is the intake area, which is why I always make a FOD cover (I should make a master of one and just have it around). Other than that, The fit isn't too bad unless you put a Black Box cockpit (which I did) into the the kit. Then, you have to really fit and re-fit it until you get the sit just right. Normally, I use Humbrol in the cockpit, but for the base color, I used Gunze 317. It has a semi-gloss finish and is easier to do a wash on it. Once done, I picked out the panels and knobs with Humbrol.


The paint is Gunze 305-306-307-308 popped out of my trusty-dusty Paasche H cheapie (which has served me well for about 10 years) . As usual, I did a complete Tamiya flat black primer overall before painting the colors on. All metals on the aircraft were painted with Alclad II in various shades. The interior leaves on the Burner were from the Eduard PE set for the 32nd scale Tamiya F4J. Not accurate I suppose, but cool to look at.

The loadout is all Hasegawa stuff. The HARMs and AAMRAMs came with the kit, the GBU's were from Weapons set #D. The RBF tags are a new Eduard set. The FOD cover is from me. Decals are from Aeromaster.



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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Steven St James
Page Created 24 September, 2003
Last Updated 25 March, 2004

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