General Dynamics YF-16, Monogram 1/48
Well, this is another kit I had in my childhood that did not get built to my expectations back then. Lofty goals, but scotch tape and rattle cans combined with heavy handed paint application (at least as a kid I didn't have to spray the white) ended with results I'm sure everyone can imagine. (I was seven or eight at the time so patience was also lacking!)
This time around it was much different. My ability to shoot a nice gloss straight from the airbrush combined with the fine edges one can mask while using said device produced a much different result. I've always wanted to do the red white and blue prototype justice so I picked one up last year. (And fortuitously Caracal came out with the F-16 Early Years set not long after so I could actually DO the YF-16 that Monogram had this kit set up as. (I did leave the external tanks off even though they are finished as I have not seen any pictures of the YF-16 carrying them and They did sully the lines of the naked plane a bit. (A shame because it would highlight the difference between the prototype tanks and the ones used on production units.)
The cockpit leaves a lot to be desired but I wasn't concerned as the canopy was staying closed on this one as the exterior is the real star of the show. I used Model Master enamels, Classic White, Guards Red (a Porsche color that comes very close to looking like what the pictures show as Insignia Red looked much too dark) and generic blue out of the little bottle! No primer (or filler for that matter) just sprayed right on the smooth clean plastic. The Caracal decals went down without a fuss except cutting the black stripes was an exercise in patience!
So, build #2 of 2021 done! Unfortunately while taking my pictures a slight breeze blew the model off the table into the grass while I was away from the table. No real damage except the pitot tube is now lost forever! (Folks think the Carpet Monster is evil, try losing a tiny part in the lawn!)