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F-16C "late Block 50" using the Tamiya kit
The Tamiya kit
will be used to model a F-16C Block 50 as provided by the parts in the
kit. It will also be improved in some areas, especially at the lower aft
fuselage area at the engine (but more on that later on).
The Tamiya steps as indicated in the instructions are not followed in that order. In this modelling Report, a more logical order is followed...
so let's start
by making small sub-assemblies and than "pre-painting" smaller parts. This
will take quite some work as there are many parts in this nice Tamiya kit.
Some airbrushing I do with parts still in the sprues as seen here.
|Do not use
the order as suggested by the instructions, but begin with step 13
Step 13: Main gear bay
Assemble as shown, there are lots of details here. You can add hydraulic pipes from stretched sprue. I also added some parts from the Eduard details set
|Step 14: Assemble
the engine intake by adding part #B31. Make sure to get a good alignment
to hide the seam.
(The engine bulkhead parts are not applied to this kit and will go to the spares box as it was decided to assemble the engine bay closed).
Step 16 is not
required for this model.
|Step 17: only
the main gear bay intake section is installed. I had some troubles to get
the screws entirely in the plastic. In step 15, at the end of the intake
tunnel, a spare engine compressor face was installed (I used a spare part
#H1 from the Academy kit).
|Steps 18 +
19 : assembly the nose gear leg as shown. However, it will not be yet installed
as suggested in step 19. I cut off the notches. Also I did not use the
screws MB3 as they are very difficult to get fully into the plastic without
force and cracking the assembly.
It is recommended to fix the heat pipe #C17 only at the bottom, keep free to move in the upper area on D4
Steps 20, 21 with intake scoops were assembled as shown.
Do NOT yet do
step 22, skip this one!
Step 23 with the main gear legs were assembled as shown. I left off the tires obviously. Some detail painting will be done later on.
The whole assembly
of nose and main gear, and bays was sprayed white and detailed with some
extra sprue and rod and details added with various colours.
Also, it was decided to try to make the provided Tamiya engine stand as a model on its own. This required to do some changes on the exhaust pipe assembly for the separate engine. I will use spare parts from the various kits.
So, after this work, the overall look of the F-16 will be improved in the rear end area.
As I got from a Hasegawa F-16 kit the aft lower fuselage (part #A2) from the spares box of Peter, it was possible to replace the incorrect lower Tamiya section. When checking the dimensions of the lower aft fuselage section, it turned out that the width was exactly identical between the Tamiya and Hasegawa kit (and by the way also identical to the Academy kit). The length was also nearly the same.
the Hasegawa spare part #A2 the aft section was sawn out with a razor saw.
comparison can be seen.
In order to reach the correct total length it was also needed to saw off 1,5 mm section at the rear of Tamiya part # A1. Later on, the exact correct length will be achieved by adjusting the exhaust fuselage fairing.
The merged parts
together. Make sure to tape on the upper fuselage section #A1 to make sure
the width is correct. The lower and upper fuselage section dry fitted and
For the fit
of a Hasegawa rear cone (part # J3), it was needed to remove 2 mm plastic
in each corner. Now, the Hasegawa cone wil fit OK.
Next task was the work on the engine exhaust area. For the later "C" types, and also F-16C Block 50, the GE F110 is installed on the real plane. Tamiya provides a separate removable engine with a dolly, but unfortunately only parts for one exhaust pipe. (You are supposed to exchange this exhaust between either model or engine).
The Tamiya exhaust pipe looks very nice, so in order to use this on the F-16C model, it was decided to put these on the model; on the other hand it was decided to craft the spare Hasegawa F110 exhaust parts onto the engine itself, it would than be a model on its own (more on that later on).
Note that the
Hasegawa part #J3 will be used to get a perfect fit to the aft fuselage
area itself. In order to fit the exhaust pedals of the Tamiya kit, it was
decided to use Tamiya part # H7.
The Tamiya exhaust was assembled using the Tamiya parts #K8 and H8 as shown in step 11 of the instructions. It will fit perfectly onto part #H7
The ENGINE is a model on its own and the assembly can be seen here......
In step 24 and 25, as noted the rear of the lower fuselage was replaced. The main gear and arrestor hook parts were not installed, but the bulkhead # F12 and smaller details were added. The ventral fins #B18+B19 needed some sanding at their base to get the good position fit to the new belly and their notches were cut off.
Step 26 : I
added the flare dispensers, metal parts 'b1"; use what you need for your
Step 27: cockpit area
The Tamiya kit
has very nice parts for the cockpit, with raised details on the instruments
and so on. The Eduard etched metal set does not provide any improvement
here as etched metal plates are simply nor "3 dimensional".
At the cabin
walls, also some extra detailling was added from rod and card.
and side panels got a first coat of medium grey. Details were painted satin
black. After drying time, details were inscribed with a sharp needle suggesting
instruction texts etc. The instrument knobs were painted light grey with
a toothpick. Some details were set-out with red, yellow and white again
with a toothpick.
The Tamiya parts for the ACES II ejection seat are fine and were assembled as shown. Check out part #G9 as not all seats used on the F-16C's have the sensors. The seat can be detailed also using parts of the Eduard set.
In step 30, the pilot was obviously not (yet) installed. Final finishing and adding metal and cotton seat harnesses as shown in step 29 to be done later on.
Step 31 was not needed for closed ammo bay, except for the pedals .
Steps 33-34: assemble the main parts as shown. It is a perfect fit! (I hope that Tamiya will come with a two seater F-16 in the future, as the separate part #B28 seems to suggest....). Please note that there is also a spare part #B17 not mentioned in the instructions, which is useful for some F-16 types, such as the MLU for example.
F-16's before and up to block 30 have at the slat at the inboard position
only "2" slat rotating fingers". Later block beyond block 30 F-16 have
there "3" fingers. Probably this is modification applied later to cope
with more stress.
As the gun area
was not to be displayed, these parts were assembled closed. It is recommended
to fit gun tunnel part F44 and the panel door parts B6, B13 at this stage
for better handling.
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