Hasegawa 1/72 Chilean F-16D “Peace Puma”
I saw this beautiful Chilean F-16 built by George Johnson a few years ago (https://imodeler.com/2015/11/chilean-air-force-f-16/) and decided I had to build one myself (in my scale). I secured a Hasegawa Sufa as the base kit, and finally found some decals from TwoBobs on ebay (out of print).
Hasegawa cockpits are kinda basic, so I added some details to the seats at least, as under that big clear canopy it would definitely be visible. I also had to cut off the tail boom, and use the spare tail provided in the box to cut off an additional section and extend the boom, including the tail chute.
There were several aerials, vents and intakes that needed to be added or eliminated from the Sufa kit to make the Chilean version.
I used some Python missiles and the AN/AAQ-28 Litening pod from the Skunkworks IDF weapons set, stole the JDAMs from my Italeri F-35 kit, and used the kit parts for the AIM-120 AMRAAMs. I had to buy a Hasegawa weapons set off ebay to secure the pylon to mount the Litening pod (and in hindsight, it already contained a Litening pod as well, but I’d already built up the Skunkworks one. At least it saved me scratch building the pylon!). The most intricate masking issue of this build was the ordnance – especially the JDAMs!
I custom mixed the paint colors from Tamiya paints – from a magazine article I found on the build – that might actually have been George’s build in the article, but I didn’t make note! The colors look close to the reference photos I could find, and I just love the green color on it, so even if it’s a tad inaccurate, I’m going with it! The aircraft, tanks and pylons were all black-based/marbled before painting. I also slightly tinted the canopy with Tamiya Smoke, though I should have laid it on a tad thicker as it’s barely perceptible.
After panel line wash, I used AK pencils for the first round of weathering, especially underneath where there are more fluid stains. Once clear coated again, I used pastel chalk powders, and then after that clear coat, a final pass with some white oil dot filtering to provide a last attempt at paint fading.
I usually don’t leave the exhaust as glossy (generally flat-coated), but I liked the contrast, so masked it before the last few flat coats.
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