1/48 Hasegawa F-16N
This is a Hasegawa F-16N (cobbled from an older mold F-16C) that I had sitting for some time awaiting the base light grey camouflage...
Around February break, I decided to finally get moving on it. The complicated splinter scheme put me off moving ahead with this kit- I thought it would take too long.
Once I got the base coat on, I had to enlarge the Two Bobs instructions on a copier to fit the outline of the kit, then worked on cutting out each green shape and tracing around them with a pencil on the kit. I downloaded a number of pictures, and as far as I can determine, the TwoBobs decals are based on the first incarnation of the painted scheme- there were other repaints where ejection seat triangles were added, and the shapes of the green patches changed over time.
I cut peices of blue painter's tape to mask the grey, and even though I pressed each peice firmly, I ended up with bleed from the green coat. I figure on the full sized plane, there was sure to be overspray and bleed somewhere!
After the green was painted, I noticed that the kit probes supplied for the sides of the intake were too short. I lengthened them to make them accurate with a section of plastic tube. I am quite proud of hand painting the dark gunmetal grey slide marks on the afterburner petals. I had to make the vent and probe under the leading edge chine that is found on F-16N's.
I was going to add the centerline tank in the base grey cam, but in all the pictures, it never seemed to be carrying a tank. In the end I thought the F-16 looks faster on the ground without it- so left it off. I brushed Tamiya smoke on the canopy as the pictures of the earliest paint scheme showed a fairly dark canopy. I used euro 1 grey on the main gear hubs as I think it comes closest to the colour I have seen on the F-16N hubs.
I used the F-16N kit probe for one wing tip, and a sidewinder from the Hasegawa A-7E kit on the other. I can't beleive that I got this done during the reporting and exams time period at work!