1/32 Scale F-16C Arctic Aggressor
March 19, 2015 in Aviation
I bought the Two Bobs decals for this scheme ages ago and managed to obtain the Tamiya Thunderbirds kit needed to build it from Wifey for one Christmas a few years back before Tamiya discontinued it. It’s hard to find now though occasionally pops up on eBay. It’s a truly great model kit (as is the Block 50 incarnation) and every jet fan should have one. I would go as far as to say that it’s the best model kit I have ever attempted to build. In this case I have combined both the Block 50 kit with the Block 32 Thunderbirds kit to achieve this result.
This kit is a fairly straight forward no hassles build, though I added Aires resin to the wheel bays along with plenty of wiring, an Aires seamless exhaust, metal pitot tubes and detailed the cockpit with a Quickboost ejection seat. What vexed my for awhile was the colours but I settled in the end for my favourite Mr Color range C2 + 10% C1, C69 + 40% C1 and C306. That seems to look like the real thing. I finished it off with Alclad Mr Klear Kote Semi-Matte which makes it the first model that I have painted almost completely with lacquers (apart from the enamel washes and Futured canopy).
I built this one without weapons which is unusual for me as I normally load them up heavily. I just love the F-16 in its naked appearance, its shark like appearance looks awesome. Overall I am happy with it, and it might take up some display space for awhile. If you have questions then let me know, or alternatively if you want more pics then I have some on my website otherwise feel free to enjoy.
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