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Boris Grgić
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1/48 Tamiya F-16c Fighting Falcon

October 21, 2019 · in Aviation · · 18 ≡

My 4 months journey with this kit is almost over. I decided to publish pictures despite Sidewinders not beeing finished yet, still waiting for ordered magnets.

Words are not needed to decribe this 's kit. Real pleasure to build. I finally learned how to properly wash the panel lines. Since I had extra Maverics from another kit I decided to attach weapons to pylons with magnets instead of glueing them. Actually whole payload is removable. I could not get my hands on LAU-117 laucher so payload is not really accurate but still looks nice.

Moving on to my next project...

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  1. I really like this plane in particular. It's one that I've admired since I first saw one around age 5. You made a great representation of the real thing. Good job.

  2. The Belgian Air Force still flies them, to be replaced by the F-35 in the coming years. I remember the first ones arrived in the mid-seventies, when I was born. Amazing to see that these machines, made by General Dynamics in the DFW (TX) area stay somehow up-to-date after numerous updates, software changes and Mid-Life-Updates (MLUs) so that, today they are still able to scramble, intercepting Russian intruders above the Baltic Sea. See this article...

    Very nice build!

    • I'm amazed how people talk about F-16s as something obsolite. I live in Croatia and Croatian Air Force is just thinking about replacing squadron of ancient MiG-21s with used F-16s (Duch F-16s or Israeli Baraks) XD.

  3. Yep, my favourite modern jet and the one I’m most familiar with since I have friends who actually flew them operationally here in Portugal.
    The model looks spot on, and the magnets idea is very well thought. Just how tiny are those you ordered to attach the sidewinders? Also a personal view, extended the good work with the washes to the landing gear, particularly the forward one that looks to pristine from here, those areas take a lot of dust from rolling tires and brakes. Well done!

    • I used 1x0,5mm magnets. You're right, front landing gear is not finished yet, still need to paint steel part of the gear and apply wash, but I probably won't be able to enter my mancave for next couple of weeks so I decided to make a photoshoot now.

  4. Really nice, Boris. I can see why it took some time to complete.

  5. It's looking really good, but I think you need to go back and consult the decal sheet, because you have a couple important items yet to apply.

  6. Beautifully done! Love the wheel well detail. It's still a cool looking and capable aircraft.

  7. Nice job, Boris. I wish to have the time one day to build this bird from Tamiya.
    Just one thing: I am not sure, but I see a center seam line on the canopy due to injection process. This is something which is not so hard to erase, for instance with a brand new #11 blade, smooth micro mesh, and Tamiya polish. You can find some tutorials there and there on internet 😉

    • Yes, there is a seam line. Never tried to handle clear parts before so I'll wait for cheaper kit to experiment first. Also missing lots of materials (polish) since I don't have model store my hometown (probably in whole coutry) and there is always something of higher priority to order from abroad.

  8. Just received the later variant kit in the mail yesterday. [Not] coincidentally I have magnets in the mail too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, your build looks great!

  9. Looks great! Love the wash and weathering, and the toothbrush strands for static wicks was a great idea!

    My daughter and her family live in Zagreb - you anywhere close?

    • Saw this trick on one of modeling forums. Use a tooth brush and you'll never have to worry about breaking pitot tubes or antennas. I'm on Adriatic coast some 2,5h drive from Zagreb, small town called Zadar.

  10. Lovely build Boris, I have the 1/32 scale kit by Tamiya in the stash, which hopefully I will start at Xmas time.
    I can understand your reluctance to clear the seam from the clear parts, there is a nice one on both supplied canopies .

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