I’ve always loved the looks of the F-16, even more so when it wears Israel’s colors and markings. When the opportunity arose to trade for a 1/32 Tamiya F-16CJ with Isradecals, additional resin, and Isracast conversion parts, I took it (A big THANK YOU to Petrov27 here on LSP). When the very large box arrived last week, I began to explore my options. (That's actually his picture)
My first inclination was to build it as a Barak (Hebrew for Lightning) of 101 Squadron (First Fighter Squadron) with its distinctive large winged skull emblem.
But after looking over the decals and my book on the Barak, the tail art of 117 Squadron, The First Jet Squadron, really took my fancy.
But the problem was 117 Squadron flew block 30 F-16’s, and they were small mouth (NSI intake) block 30’s. To build this I’d have to cross pollenate the intake from a 1/32 Tamiya F-16 Thunderbirds kit to build a plane from this squadron.
Then I exchanged emails with Ra’anan Weiss of Isradecals. He said plane 360,
is one of the few IAF block 30 F-16’s with the large mouth, or MCID, intake. Problem solved. He’s even sending me one of the squadron’s 60th anniversary decals for the tail base.
The first thing I’ve done, is problem solve how to fit some of the aftermarket bits for this plane. The Aires exhaust pipe fits spot on.
And the detail is awesome.
I must be careful aligning the inner and outer parts. They’re slightly off in that picture, but they will look killer painted. Speaking of paints, I picked these up to lend a hand with the camouflage on this bird:
I’ll have some pictures of work being done soon. The first thing I’m going to tackle is the Aires gear bays. They fit well enough, but it’s going to take a little work to make it just right.