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Michael Drover
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1/48 Hasegawa F-16N NFWS "Topgun"

January 29, 2023 · in Aviation · · 15 · 0.8K

Hi all.

This one is the first for 2023 though I started it a few years ago with the bulk of the work done last year. It's the venerable 1/48th F-16N. I eyed off the 72nd version when I was a kid but never built it so when this 48th version kit came up cheap on a swap and sell table I had to have it. I had aftermarket decals at hand to replace the old kit items in the way of the W&D Studio decals. Of course the Topgun NFWS option was chosen. Sad to say they aren't all that great as heapings of decals softener barely moved them. The only other small enhancements are DXM pitot and AOA probe and fibre optic cable for the static dischargers. The pilot is from the kit and I replaced the paltry AIM-9 representation with a better version from one if the Hasegawa weapon sets. The timber base is courtesy of some offcuts from Bunnings. My wife recently bought herself a router so I added a 45 degree bevel to tidy up the base. The rod is some clear perspex sanded with some 600 to frost it up.

The F-16N was the true hotrod variant with its small mouth inlet and big engine exhaust so I had to put it in flight. I cracked the air brakes so the pilot could pull the nose over to get a gunshot on his blue adversary...who knows what happened next.


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  1. Lots of fun, Michael, love the display.

  2. Very nicely done, Michael @mickdrover
    The detailing and painting is really exceptional.

  3. A wonderful result, Michael!

  4. That's a great display, putting the model "in its element." Nice work all around.

  5. Lovely Viper build Michael. Great scheme it's good to see the aging Hasegawa kit looking so good 😊 Nice one 👍

    • Thanks Guy. I've got a few more Hase kits on the. One I'd like to do as an Aviano 555th jet used in Operation Allied Force set on a similar base but just lifting off with the gear retracting.

      One thing I don't like about the kit is the intake trunking and getting it tidy...not a fan of that.


  6. Strewth Mate! 😁 That is a beaut Mick @mickdrover, and I especially like those muted colors. Well done sir!

    Have a short, cold, stubby one on me!🍺

  7. Raw power! Nice inflight build!

  8. The Viper looks good in those colors! Nicely done.

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