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F-16A & F-16C Aggressor Double Build - The Double is Done!

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The F110 is in!

 

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Even my wife approves of this scheme :-)

 

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I have been doing some fine-tuning of the black sections. Black is really tricky to work with.

 

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"Absolutely stunning. I love the colours you have chosen for the wash, it just looks perfect. Can't wait to see more!" Ben, that is my usual custom medium gray wash I use for almost all washing... I generally like that to not be too dark, in this case it really pronounced the surface detail on the black sections also.

 

Merry Christmas to all of you!

 

Cheers,

 

Marcel

 

 

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The legs are on! Phew, that's always a big milestone in my builds and things usually involve a major amount of swearing and superglue in the wrong places before I get it right. No different on this build, even if it's a Tamiya F-16.

 

This is how the back is looking, the little position lights toward the upper, rear fuselage turned out ok I think.

 

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I am usually not one to show off wheels wells a lot since I don't enjoy that part of a build. However, since I used the Aires wheel wells, which I believe are sized for the Academy kit (even the "for Tamiya" variant), I thought I'd give you guys a look. Using the Aires wheel wells results in a huge amount of extra work, the main wells are about 3mm too short so a significant shim is required. The main doors also need to be adjusted as a result.

 

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Overall look. The black sections really keep me on my toes, I am constantly touching up with black paint since yet another light speck has appeared here or there. Natural weathering :-)

 

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Cheers,

 

Marcel

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Thx guys! I was really surprised at how weathered this particular aircraft is since the paint job is relatively new.

 

Here is the Zacto Aim-9X training round. The resin is just incredible, it just doesn't get any better. So wish Chris would produce some Aim-120's.

 

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And here are the completed Aim-120 dummies. These seem to have become standard wingtip equipment on the Aggressor F-16's.

 

Note the blunt nose (vs what would be a pointier nose for the live round). You can get these blunt-nosed bodies from the Tamiya F-15E kit. The wings are from Cutting edge and thus realistically thin with the correct diamond c/s. I painted the back end bright orange after seeing that on some of the dummies in Jake's book.

 

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Note the "peeled off" paint revealing the yellowish primer on some of the pylon leading edges above.

 

And here a little WIP of the Elta EL/L-8212 pod that is often carried by the 18th Aggressor Squadron (but not by any other unit)... I have been busy scratch-building this.

 

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Cheers,

 

Marcel

 

 

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Thanks guys!

 

Chuck sent me a PM wondering about my Aim-9X, since I chose to model the training round with fuse windows and open exhaust. I actually researched both of these points, as far as the exhaust is concerned there are plenty of pics out there showing training rounds with non-blunt rear ends, see e.g. here.

 

I could have sworn I found pics of raining rounds with fuse windows, I specifically remember a pic of a Superhornet with a trainer that had fuse windows. But since I wasn't able to find suitable evidence anymore and I am wondering if my memory is failing me, I doubled back and created a cover for that section of the missile, which together with the seeker cover seems to be standard when they are on the ground. Fortunately, Zacto provides a neat nose cover.

 

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I am pretty satisfied with the result, it adds a bunch of color to the overall model, it's already hanging from the wing.

 

Cheers,

 

Marcel

 

 

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I know our A-10's CATM 9's did not have the influence fuse windows on them. Just our load trainer AIM-9, in Load Barn, did and that was because you treat everything in Load Barn like a live munition. I have one of those influence fuse covers, with the streamer on it, in my model room.

The covers look really good on the missile Marcel, great work.

 

Steve

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Great "Save" Marcel!  I bet 99% of the modelers out there would never have noticed the fuse windows, but what you've done with the covers is way more realistic for a missile on a parked jet anyway.  :thumbsup:

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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