Good Morning from Germany.
A few weeks ago, I started my Tamiya F-16C project.
I always wanted to build an early Ramstein F-16 in 1:32 scale.
But the biggest challenge was the fact that there wasn`t the right wheel for an Block 30 RS Viper on the market.
The Tamiya Block 50 kit contains only the late Block 40/50 heavy wheel and the T-Bird kit contains only the late version of the Block 30 wheels. And Revell...no...we don`t want to talk about the Revell wheels...
But during the time in Ramstein, all the Block 30`s flew the early version of the F-16 wheels.
But thanks to a friend of mine and a 1:1 scale wheel, these problem is fixed (you will see later on...).
Why a Ramstein Viper from 1988? I spent most of my life close to Ramstein AB and watched the Vipers so many times flying around that area. I saw the first F-16C arriving in RS and the last moving to Aviano (Good for the Viper fans in Italy...but a sad day for all of us in the Ramstein area).
I wanted to build an early version of the RS Viper. This means high vis markings, black tail code and the Falcon behind the Canopy.
Sad but true...I don`t have good quality images of that early RS Vipers between 1986 and 1990.
Because in 1988 I was just 13 years old and my camera equipment wasn`t that good at that time.
You don´t want to see that images....hahaha.
Instead of my bad images from that time, I use this image of 85-1478 who was taken by a friend of mine in 1989 when 85-1478 was forced to land at Sembach AB due to an hydraulic problem.
This is exact the version I want to build.
Ok...enough words....let`s get started.