What happens when…
…you have a hot June day, a vellux window, a magnifying lamp and your current project sat on the modelling bench in perfect alignment…? The model gets the full sun lamp treatment!
This model has been a bit of an episode for me, three in fact. The first attempt I tried to be to clever for my own good and add a load of Aires resin to an already stupendous Tamiya kit…didn,t work, the resin didn,t fit properly distorted the fuselage, and left big holes, so at almost the final bell (yes it was as far as decalling) it went in the bin…lesson number one…don,t mess with the best, they don,t need it!
Not to be defeated, and that I had finished all the sub assemblies to finish the model, and I was really rather pleased with my efforts on finishing the stories, I bought a replacement, but that ended up as the casualty in the picture…lesson two…summer and modelling don,t mix!
Third time lucky… I picked up another kit, from Amazon this time…and built it as the other finished pics show. The only add ons are a Pavla seat and Master pitot and AoA probes. I also changed the decals to an aircraft flying from Italy over the Balkans in the 1990s.
By this time paranoia was starting to kick in, and I didn,t deviate from how the kit was supposed to be built (even though I now have more F-16 spares than the USAF!), and just aimed for it to be built, I hardly even weathered it.
Anyway, lots of lessons learned from the very extended process, and notwithstanding my distinctly hamfisted efforts, this builds very easily into a stunning model.
Enjoy, but be warned…bring me back those cold dark winter nights! D,oh!
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.