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Tamiya's F-16 built as a block 25

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I began this project in November of 2009, and finally finished today! I had originally intended to build this one as a bird from ODS in 1991, but a problem with the Elite Decals (my own fault) forced me to reconsider. The first paint job was the three-tone scheme of 36375/36270/36118 as worn during that time. As I had modified the model to a Block 25 aircraft, I was a bit limited on available schemes for this block. I found some on the Two Bobs sheet "Golden State Griffins" and I was back in business! I had to strip the model back to bare plastic, as the aircraft I was now modelling was repainted in the 36270/36118 modern two tone scheme. I used MM enamels the second time, and it did not go well for me. I stripped the model again, and started over with Tamiya acrylics again. After months of paint stripping, smoothing, and repainting, she is finally finished!

 

Mostly OOB, I added a few small details to the pilot and wiring for the landing gear. The most difficult part of the build was getting a seamless intake and learning to maneuver a 1/32 scale jet on my small workbench! After all of the work, I am very happy with how she turned out.

 

Here's a link to the in progress build if you would like to see how it all went together. Thanks for looking in!

 

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OH, didn't see these pics! Never mind, Still tkink its awesome.....harv :speak_cool:

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Woah! Looking excellent!

 

I'm just in preparation of painting my F-16 and I'm curious what Tamiya paints you exactly used on your build as the paintsheme looks spot on :)

 

Thanks!

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That turned out wonderfully well. Is the blue called a collecter ring? Love that. Also love the high contrast between the glossy canopy and matte aircraft. Preshading, tailpipe . . . Great. Just great.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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Hi Frank,

That is one sharp Viper. :goodjob:

 

Flawless looking finish with some very delicate and subtle weathering. Just the ticket. :thumbsup:

 

Thanks for taking the time to share the piccies.

 

Cheers,

 

Guy

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OH, didn't see these pics! Never mind, Still tkink its awesome.....harv :speak_cool:

 

Thanks Harv for the comments, and I also appreciate your following along and encouragement during a very difficult build. Without that, it would have been much more difficult to stay focused!

 

Woah! Looking excellent!

 

I'm just in preparation of painting my F-16 and I'm curious what Tamiya paints you exactly used on your build as the paintsheme looks spot on :)

 

Thanks!

 

Thank you very much, the Tamiya colors I used are XF-19 for the lighter grey, XF-24 for the dark grey, and XF-53 for the radome. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing yours!

 

That turned out wonderfully well. Is the blue called a collecter ring? Love that. Also love the high contrast between the glossy canopy and matte aircraft. Preshading, tailpipe . . . Great. Just great.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

Thank you Mark, much appreciated! You are correct, it is the collector ring. After painting it with Alclad, I masked off successive rings and gave them varying shades of clear blue to replicate the heat effects. I was very happy with how they turned out!

 

Good job !

 

Thanks mate!

 

It looks beautiful, and the intake is flawless!

 

Cheers,

 

Tom

 

Thank you Tom, that intake took a long time to make it seamless! I considered a cover for it, but really wanted that open as I intended to model it ready for takeoff with a pilot.

 

Hi Frank,

That is one sharp Viper. :goodjob:

 

Flawless looking finish with some very delicate and subtle weathering. Just the ticket. :thumbsup:

 

Thanks for taking the time to share the piccies.

 

Cheers,

 

Guy

 

Thank you Guy, I appreciate the feedback! Considering this was a typical ANG jet, I kept the weathering to a minimum as most of the Vipers I have seen in the ANG are pretty clean. The next one may be a bit more dirty!

 

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No words needed..

 

MARU 5137

 

Thank Maru, high praise indeed!

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You've been pretty quiet lately, gald to see you were putting the time to good use. Outstanding build my friend, just awesome work! :bow:

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Very Nice!!!!

 

Thank you Rob, much appreciated!

 

You've been pretty quiet lately, gald to see you were putting the time to good use. Outstanding build my friend, just awesome work! :bow:

 

Thanks for the feedback Mike, glad you liked this one! She has kept me busy for the better part of 2 1/2 years. :blink: And to think, I have another one on the bench as we speak LOL.

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AWESOME!

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Congratulations on a stellar build Frank! Love the painting, finish is amazing! LOVE IT!!! :thumbsup:

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Great job, Frank. You can't go wrong with Guard Vipers!

 

Jake

 

Thanks Jake! I had a lot of help from this too... ;)

 

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AWESOME!

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Congratulations on a stellar build Frank! Love the painting, finish is amazing! LOVE IT!!! :thumbsup:

 

Thank you Darren, much appreciated old friend! :D

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