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Academy F-16I "Sufa"


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You should get the Zacto intake for it, it will save you a lot of hassle and looks much better than the kit part. 

https://zactomodels.com/product/1-32-f-16-nsi-intake-small-mouth-academy/

Looks like Zacto is closed at the moment for moving, but its worth the wait to get one. The kit part is...mediocre. Before Chris came out with his, I fit a Tamiya intake to it. Not the easiest thing to manage, but I got it in the end.

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29 minutes ago, eoyguy said:

You should get the Zacto intake for it, it will save you a lot of hassle and looks much better than the kit part. 

https://zactomodels.com/product/1-32-f-16-nsi-intake-small-mouth-academy/

Looks like Zacto is closed at the moment for moving, but its worth the wait to get one. The kit part is...mediocre. Before Chris came out with his, I fit a Tamiya intake to it. Not the easiest thing to manage, but I got it in the end.

Thanks

I've been looking in on his site for a couple of months now, either he forgot it's closed or he got lost moving...on vacation??

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35 minutes ago, chrish said:

Thanks

I've been looking in on his site for a couple of months now, either he forgot it's closed or he got lost moving...on vacation??


Chris did an update over at ARC.  Short version is that the moving process ran into some unexpected glitches, but he’s moved and is setting up the shop and working on getting the website going.

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15 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:


Chris did an update over at ARC.  Short version is that the moving process ran into some unexpected glitches, but he’s moved and is setting up the shop and working on getting the website going.

I can understand that...who here really likes moving? Raise your hand...anyone!?....crickets

I noticed (after reading this) that he's been active in the last 2 hours, so reached out to him.

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work...such as it is, has begun on the Sufa, I've unpacked and begun cleaning up and working on the resin bits I've picked up over the years for the kit.

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the Aires instructions suggest removing the molded in kit part to fit the nose gear bay, anyone familiar with the tight fit of Aires will know my struggle. I duly removed the molded in nose gear bay, sanded it smooth and then began the cut, sand, test fit repeat method of installing the bay. A picture speaks (many) words so I'll show a couple of images of that work. 

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The intake trunk/ nose gear bay removed and sanded quite thin, I've also cut a relief into one side to lower the gear bay away from the intake trunk, the other side was also undercut.

 

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After a bit of work...I got the gear bay fitted, figured I should test fit the main gear bay now as well

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the main gear bay appears to be a drop in fit.

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Thanks for looking

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The resin parts are well worth the getting, if you can still find them.

I've managed to get a correspondence going with Zactoman Chris who suggested he may be able to produce a seamless intake in the next few days, mailing time is the variable here.

I decided to push ahead with what I could do, so splashed some paint on some parts

I swear it doesn't look as crude in person, the camera is an unforgiving mistress.

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I used 1/48 RBF flags because they looked better (less prominent?) in the cockpit and, yes they are in English (sorry to those who insist on proper accuracy)Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics doing all the heavy lifting here. 

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There's so much detail in the gear bays that it should take a proper modeller weeks alone to build and paint...I may have missed a few things, although hydraulic lines have yet to be added

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Thanks for looking

 

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