F-16A IAF ‘Netz’ – ESCI 1/72 Fighting Falcon
Just completed last night. this ESCI 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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