Tamiya 1/48 F-16C Fighting Falcon
OK, so it's probably not a perfect block 32 F-16, but pretty close. This smaller aircraft took more patience, especially on the wheel bays, panel line shading, and cockpit. I tried the Quinta Studios (Russian-based company) 3-D decals & ejection seat accessors; pretty easy to apply once you sand down the raised panels & control, but I'm a little torn between old-school dry-brushing vs. this decal approach. Definitely more detail, but waiting 3 weeks for it to arrive, and then doing away with pretty good detail that is already there...? I really like the Alclad lacquer products to create more of a burnt, high-heat exhaust/afterburner effect on the turkey feathers. The dirty yellow ladder was added for a little more realism of a parked F-16, may need to do more of a diorama in the future. Finally, I wasn't sure I was going to mount so much ordinance & fuel tanks underneath, but I figured what the heck - how an F-16 in this configuration is able to get airborne is amazing! But I think it was a common load-out in Afghanistan & Iraq theatres to provide close ground/troop support, as well as air-to-air.
Thanks for checking out my F-16, and happy modeling!
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