F-2 model in 1/32 scale
Conversion from a F-16 kit
Before painting, several layer of grey base coats were added to check for any errors in filling, sanding, panellines etc. This reveals all flaws. Several corrections were necessary. Below, the junction between the inboard "card" wing and fuselage and outher wing can be seen. Still some sanding is needed, but it is almost OK now.
Now there comes
up a problem. What are the correct colours of this plane?
no. 72 / Mr.Hobby Gunze Sangyo 56 medium blue for
the overall lower/upper
difficult to assess the correct colours. From other sources, I found suggestions
as to use Federal Standard FS35164 and FS35109. Suggestions were Gunze Sangyo 56 equivalent
to be Humbrol 144 (being about FS35164). For Gunze 54 = Humbrol 77 was
again at the vast array of paints and colour pictures, I first selected
the following paints:
NOTE: Mr.Color has for medium shallow ocean blue (a) C374 and for deep ocean blue (b) C375 lacquer paints:
The F-2 windscreen was made from a piece of transparant plastic as it is single curved. The whole canopy was thus changed in shape and the whole canopy is in a more forward position on a F-2.
Below, some detail in the main wheel
bays can be seen made from stretched sprue. Still to be further detailed.
Next steps are to apply the darker
The initial selected colours were
not convincing me as I looked at the model and various pictures of the
real plane. Again, I started experimenting with various shades of blue
a. Overall color Blue:
CREATEX acrylic Slate Blue/ "Schiefergrau"; [ it looks like Fed.Standard
The model was now sprayed with these
colours and the particular dark blue/grey camo pattern masked as needed.
Some overspray you always get (!^@?^!)
and was again corrected.
ALLOW A LOT OF DRYING TIME BEFORE HANDLING THE MODEL AFTER SPRAYING! THE acrylic OF CREATEX IS VERY SENSITIVE TO PLAIN WATER.
Finally, I applied several coats of
Future to get a glosh result, ready to take on the later decals.
The F-2 has a windscreen! The hinged canopy section required a bit longer rear arm than I originally thought. This was made with some white card and the fuselage section at the rear screen was also adapted.
The canopy got some internal details. It is detachable as two thin metal wires hold it in place with two small holes drilled in at the rear of the cockpit.
The F-2 instrument panel was made by converting a spare Hasegawa F-16 panel I had. I added the F-16"C" type CRT screens.
The F-2 wheels came from a spare set I had from the Hasegawa 1/32 F-16 kit. The Revell F-16 gear legs were adjusted and will get these wheels later on. I had to drill out the hole in the brake parts. For strength, small pieces of metal rod will be used at the aisle.
The nose wheel gear bay is seen here
the small cockpit got a set of instrument panels from decals and some raised detail from sprue and card. The main instrument panel looking like the F-16"C" panel was also added. Otherwise the cockpit is pretty clean.
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