Tamiya 5th Air Force F-16
The aircraft is my interpretation of F-16CJ Block 50 CCIP 92-3895 that serves as the commander’s jet for the 5th Air Force based at Misawa AB, Japan. It is the Tamiya kit with Afterburner decal set 48-015 with the Eduard F-16 pre-painted etched cockpit set (FE383). The GE afterburner can is the Aires set with the resin nozzle pieces and a photo etched injector nozzle. The AOA vanes and the pitot are turned metal. The Aces ejection seat is frm the kit and the straps are from the Eduard set. On the ailerons, rudder and stabilators there are static discharge wicks made from the bristles of a toothbrush, attached with superglue and trimmed. There are a number of styles of wicks and I picked a very simple type for this aircraft. Paints are the appropriate colors from Model Master Acryl as called out in the Afterburner decal directions.
The inside of the jet intake was painted using white latex house paint. The intake was assembled, filled, sanded, one end taped over and then filled with the thick paint. After 15 minutes the tape was removed and the paint allowed to run out leaving the seam filled and the inside painted. I first read about this technique online and have used it for several F-16 models.
The Afterburner decals are great and the stenciling from the set were used. The missiles are from the kit as are the markings. The kit meets expectations as one of the best of the F-16 and presented no problems. Afterburner decals were among the best I have ever used and I was disappointed to see them stop production.
Although based in Japan there are a number of photographs of this aircraft. One of the best is on page 134 of Jake Melampy’s The Modern Viper Guide. A short search on the Internet will turn up other photos from the aircraft’s service history. Note that in the case of this model the weapons are all live rounds.
A great kit and a fun build.
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