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AFV Club ROCAF F-16B Block 20

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Thanks Rainer, I've learned to brace my hand against something when I brush paint. It has really helped but my new workbench is a lot lower than my other one so it's a bit harder to do so. 

 

Mike, you're correct in that it's not 100% accurate but I can live with the differences. I though about grafting in the gear from the Tamiya T-bird kit but it's a bit too complicated. 

 

I'm still plugging away at the kit and hope to have it finished before the deadline. We'll see on that one. I'll have some more pics up tomorrow, just haven't had a chance to upload them.

Carl

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Here are some pics of where I am at the moment on this build. 

 

I received the Eduard PE set for the cockpit from Hannants and noticed that the side panels are not a single panel but are broken down into many separate panels joined together. As a result, I decided to cut them apart carefully with my Xacto and attach select panels onto the finished side consoles. 

 

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I also completed the intake trunking and made it into one assembly.

 

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Nice work on the B , I'm working of its big brother , a an F-16i into a D Block 50 , looking at your work, I'm back at my work bench last night , struggling to get my intake to fit!

 

keep up the excellent work , its looking very impressive!

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Nice work on the B , I'm working of its big brother , a an F-16i into a D Block 50 , looking at your work, I'm back at my work bench last night , struggling to get my intake to fit!

 

keep up the excellent work , its looking very impressive!

Thanks! Except for the cockpit painting issues, this has been going a bit easier that the Spitfire build. The only real problem is having the parts in two different homes. I started the kit at my folks' place but in moving it, I accidentally let bits behind. I don't remember what they are until I need them. So far it's been three trips back and forth but I think i have everything now.

 

Carl

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So, more progress on this build.

 

I installed the intake and MLG bay and ran into my first snag. Because I had glued the intake sections together, it wouldn't go in even after cutting off the mounting pegs on the underside of the gear bay. Unfortunately, I managed to break the intake along the join which allowed me to install everything correctly but left me with the seam i was trying to avoid.

 

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At least the outside is gap free...

 

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I also attached the upper wing halves to the upper fuselage section as suggested on here. 

 

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The instructions don't mention attaching the rear canopy fairing or bulkhead but i figure they're kind of needed.

 

Now off to fill ejector pin holes in the landing gear and finish the cockpit so I can close the fuselage up.

 

 

Carl

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Excellent work, Carl!! When i did my Sufa i did the same with the intake/fuselage /main gear bay. Problem i had was the main gear bay was a little " off ", this affected the main gear and consequently my build sits with a slant. I was very unhappy.

 

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I'm sure you know about not gluing the trailing edge of the wings together or the flap will not fit right?

 

Don

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Excellent work, Carl!! When i did my Sufa i did the same with the intake/fuselage /main gear bay. Problem i had was the main gear bay was a little " off ", this affected the main gear and consequently my build sits with a slant. I was very unhappy.

 

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I'm sure you know about not gluing the trailing edge of the wings together or the flap will not fit right?

 

Don

Hi Don, thanks for checking in. I just checked my gear bay and I think I got it in level. Too bad Academy didn't put some locator pins on it so you know you have in straight and true.

 

I didn't know about the flaps so thanks for the tip.

 

Carl

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Well, progress on the build has been happening.

 

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I may just be able to finish this on before the closing date.

 

Here's a close up of the resin AFV Club tail.

 

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It's a decent fit and doesn't require any changes to the kit at all. I know that some of the panels along the spine may be different but I am going to leave it as is. My father won't notice and I don't have the references handy to correct it.

 

I was expecting to need some filler along the LEX but after a quick sanding, it was fine:

 

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And now back to work.

 

Carl

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Has anyone tried to go the cheaper way of matching the Hasegawa A parts needed(tail,LG+doors)

with the Sufa kit?

Did'n see a B build before this AFV kit was out

Isaac

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