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George Schembri
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F-16A IAF ‘Netz’ ESCI 1/72 Fighting Falcon

February 22, 2021 · in Aviation · · 22 · 1.7K

Just completed last night. this kit #9026 was initiated a long time ago and was put in storage with the fuselage and wings assembled.

Pulled out of storage, I worked on the build and paint on and off the last few months.

I decide to go for the Israeli Air Force scheme once I found and was able to get the Vallejo IAF Colour pack of Air Acrylics from a LHS.

The kit itself is a decent build with some filler at the wing roots. There isn't much to do in the cockpit, a little tub with 3 decals for instruments.

The decals looked great on paper but were a bit of a problem being about 30 years old. Very stiff and Liquid Decal Film was required to keep them intact during application.

I found a lot of photos with the static discharge rods on each of the trailing edges so I gave it a whirl, most frustrating part of the build as every time I placed one rod another was knocked off. There are 15 probes and I must have placed each one four times by the final end.

Finished with Micro Satin.

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22 responses

  1. A very nice F-16. Congrats!

  2. Nice looking Viper! Love the IDF desert scheme.

  3. That’s really nice, George. That’s still a solid kit, like many of Esci’s 1/72 jets.

  4. Excellent work on the F-16. Looks great in the IDF scheme. One thing about the F-16 is that it looks fast even when on its wheels, but I also think its one of those that looks really good in flight.

  5. Nicely done George, I really like the way she looks in the desert camo.

  6. Beautiful build in a great scheme, George.
    An absolute "Like"

  7. Excellent result on that classic kit, my friend @georgeswork!
    Fantast ic painting on a very beloved scheme.

  8. Nicely done,George!

  9. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Nice job on this model George !
    A very refreshing look at a different choice of payload, gives it a look all it's own.

  10. Nicely done George, looks good in that clean scheme.

  11. Glad you finished this one, it looks great, and the photographs really set it off, definitely liked.

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