1/48 F-16C Block 52
This is a Hasegawa Polish Pratt powered Block 52 kit finished as a South Carolina Air National Guard “Wild Weasel”. I built it pretty much from the box with the exception of the following items added:
1.) Quickboost Aces II ejection seat.
2.) Steel Beach FOD plugs.
3.) AIM-120 x 2, AIM-9 x 2, GBU-12 x 4 from Hasegawa weapons sets.
4.) Sniper pod from a Kinetic F-16 kit.
5.) Caracal decals.
I painted the interior with Humbrol enamels and Tamiya acrylics. The exterior was painted with the newish Hataka lacquers. I tried this paint primarily to get the metallic gray “Have Glass V” shade that the US F-16 fleet is being refinished with. I think it replicates a worn “Have Glass V” finish pretty well. The normal lo-vis grays on the nose cone, pylons, tanks, weapons, etc...performed perfectly like a regular lacquer paint. They don’t budge with masking or handling. The “Have Glass V” shade was fragile and performed more like a weak acrylic, and pulled up with masking.
Overall this was an enjoyable project and after 6 weeks work, I now have a 21st Century Viper for the shelf.
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