in 1/32 scale
[H1] The F-16A MLU got the parts in the opened bays when they otherwise would not fit later on. For example the gun drum and engine bay bulkheads.
The kit was further assembled, with adding the wings, vertical tail. Only minor filling is required.
F-16's before and up to block 30 have at the leadding edge flap/slat at the inboard position
only "2" rotating fingers". Later block beyond block 30 F-16 have
there "3" fingers. Probably this is modification applied later to cope
with fatique issues.
[H2] F-16C "big
mouth" also got its wings and tail.
|Now, each kit
was further detailed. For this purpose the purchased Tamiya
and Academy kits were used as a guide and pattern. By doing this, very
good results can be obtained using these older Hasegawa kits. They are
thus "upgraded and improved".
An important detail added on the [H2] F-16C kit were the missing in the kit warning receivers for the F-16C on the wing leading edges (seen below on the model on th left). These were made from plastic rod, sanded, put in place, filled and that's it.
Of each kit,
the radar noses were detailed with very thin stretch sprue to suggest the
lightning protection dischargers.
Here, some of the various smaller (opened) panels can be seen, with a grey primer coat applied with the airbrush.
of plastic on the pylons and the underwing fuel tanks were also added.
It required extensive use of thin stretched sprue.
The kits are seen here. They were ready to get their first grey primer. Masking was done and for the light grey primer coat Revell 76 grey was used. Next, the kits had a check up for flaws (these were corrected when needed) and then some pre-shading was applied with black paint. This will accentuate the panel lines later on.
The next step was to apply the overall camouflage colours of Federal Standard that were applicable to both the Dutch F-16 MLU and the USAF F-16C to be modelled:
Dark grey (using Humbrol 125 )
(Please note that on modern block F-16's, the medium grey is no longer in the scheme).
The colours were sprayed on with the Badger airbrush.
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