in 1/32 scale
F-16B converting the SUFA Academy kit
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Now the model was given the standard F-16B MLU Fighting Falcon of the Dutch AF coats with Gunze acrylic paints:
FS36320 medium grey,
The lower grey areas were masked and covered and the medium grey sprayed on first. Than the darker grey was airbrushed free-hand using my Infinity airbrush from Harder & Steenbeck.
Some individual panels were loosely sprayed with a slightly lighter made tint mixing in some Gunze white to get a more wear effects, notably at the top fuselage inspection panels. the leading edge of the vertical tail was given a slightly darker coat, after mixing in some dark grey with the medium grey.
The radarnose was given after masking
a coat of FS36231 using Gunze H317.
|It was now decided to apply the decals
on this model prior to final adding the gears and stores. First, the model
was given a couple of coats of Johnson Pledge/Future
to prevent later silvering of the decals.
Obviously, I had to search and collect the decals for the Dutch AF F-16B MLU Orange Jumper plane.
- I used some of the detail stencilling
of the Academy SUFA kit, but not a lot of them.
- the special Orange Jumper symbols were printed using my CANON MP610 6400 DPI colour inktjet printer.
More info including my own ORANGE JUMPER Walkaround can be seen on the Dutch IPMS.NL page here... [external link].
I used the drawings in the Dutch IPMS NL MIP magazine 2010-4 (of IPMS member Joop Dionet) and in a picture editing program, sized it to the correct dimensions and printed the patterns on to Bare Metal foil sheet of White inktjet decal paper.
After printing and drying, the inkts were sealed with Johnson Pledge/Future sprayed on. I also printed and made a couple of spares.... and I needed some. The markings were cut out. Using only marginal time in the water to get them loose from the decal paper is a nerve breaking excercise... but it worked out.
made you can see here; You can also download these for your own use.
ON WHITE DECALSHEET:
PRINT THIS ONE ON CLEAR DECALSHEET:
The Orange Jumper often flies with
white fueltanks with photo pattern markings in black. These black patterns
were made using many many black decals cut to size. It is an enormous work
but rewarding. I also used a black permanent marker in some places.
The making of your own decals is quite some work, but they are unique!
The aircraft code J-066 can
be obtained by using the Academy numbers on the decal sheet. These are
the correct style and size for the Dutch Orange Jumper.
The special right wing tip stripes
and markings were as noted before sprayed on with masking, but the smaller
white square panels were made with white decal. The round markings were
made from grey, black and white decals, punching out the circles with a
Punch and Die set
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