I bought this kit 2nd hand quite a few years ago, and the main reason for building it, is to test some kind of silver metallic as body colour.
This is what it looked like when I started.
The engine got some more parts.
To be able to test colours, the hood got some primer.
I decided to have a black leather/vinyl interior.
Then I masked parts of the interior and painted the engine room with steel.
Perhaps not very visible in the pic, but the ejection pin marks, I thought I had scraped away, was still visible. Time to sort that!
Time for some more primer.
I should have masked the interior better, so now I had to redo it, after painting over the red with flat black.
It turned out the body had some mold line and other flaws to take care of, and the hood and underside of the chassie got some steel paint.
Then the engine room was painted again.
After sorting the flaws, the body got some more primer.
I wasn’t happy with the steel colour, partly because I had problems painting it good enough on the topside. I’ve also had problems with Vallejos primer. Anyway I decided to use Vallejos new metal colours. I tried aluminum on the hood.
I changed to medium grey and gave the body a cote.
The outer rims was painted aluminum.
The exhaust pipes was painted with brass.
Some parts was painted black and the mufflers was painted with gun metal.
I’ve also assembled engine, transmission and exhaust system.
Two problems have arised during this build. 2 parts are missing and I should have checked better, but as my my intention was to test body colour, my check wasn’t as thorough as it should have been.
I’ve asked for help, and possibly a friend of my son can print the parts on his 3D printer. I’ll see how that goes. Possibly I can make one of them myself if I can get the plastic material needed.
I’ll build and paint as much as I can, and hopefully the parts will be sorted so I can continue.
After getting the cockpit and the exhaust addition in place, things went pretty fast, and the fuselage, wings, stabilizers and fin was assembled.
Not entirely without problems as there are some things to sort.
I had to cut a little to make the prolonged exhaust fit with the locator tabs on the inside.
Just to check, I fit the outer part of the exhaust to the body.
I think that turned out looking pretty good, and I’ll only need to touch up a little.
Next will be to sort out all the seams and also sort some panel lines to connect the upper and lower body panels. Then it’s time to start sorting the landing gears and some other stuff that will be needed later.
The seams on the front fuselage part is now sorted to my satisfaction!
I continued painting the exhaust parts. This time with a mix of steel and brown.
Not quite happy with that as I think it needs to be a lot darker colour to create that burnt look I’m after. I’ll do a test with a darker metal colour and perhaps more or darker brown.
I started using putty to get the weights in place, but that got too tedious, so I decided to use white glue instead. I poured some into the nose after having glued the radar in place. Then I dropped the rest of the weights and then some more glue to cover them.
Typically there was small gaps in some places around the radar were the glue could and did seap out, and I think it took 2 days for it to cure enough to stop seaping out.
After removing excess glue and touching up the radar, I could finally glue the front to the main frame. In the process, I accidently broke off one pylon. Somehow I have to sort that later. Maybe I fix the wings and pylons in one position later.
I took a pic of the pile above the plane, with all the missiles and other parts that I’m working on while other things is drying, not realizing until afterwards how much of the pile that could be seen in the pic above. Anyway here’s the pile again! 🙂
Not quite happy with the inside of the intake so I applied a little more putty that needs to be sanded and polished, and painted again to look good. Then they’re going on as well.
I’ll check all seams and also see if I can re-scribe missing panel lines. Then it’s time to add everything needed before painting with the black primer that also will double as the body colour.
This is the kit I plan to build for the F-16 group build on IPMS Gothenburg.
I actually started building this kit many years ago. I think one of the reasons I stopped was because I tried to figure a way to cover the landing gear well bulge inside of the intake. Not entirely an easy task, I’ll see what I’ll do. Perhaps a FOD cover solves the problem. Here’s a pic on what was done then.
And here’s the decals I intend to use, if they still work.
My plan is to start the build after I’ve finished the Tonka I’m working on.
This is a kit I’m building for a group build or SIG for MiG planes. I choose this as a kind of warm up. So far it has taken a bit longer than anticipated.
As can be seen in the instructions it is not many steps and the build was fairly quick. The fit was fairly good, except for the nose which had a slight step that needed some TLC. Also the intakes needed a bit of putty and sanding as well as the underside of the wing joints.
Someone else on the forum was building the same kit from another boxing, and he pointed out that there was a quite prominent detail missing. After checking pics on the net I tried to sculpt something that looked like whatever it is on top of the nose.
While painting white on some parts for another kit, I painted the missiles.
I’ve asked if a friend of mine can use his CAD skills to create a seat, and then hopefully another friend can do one on his printer.
It kinda started with the engine parts, that are next more or less. Quite a lot of flash in some places like between the cylinders. One strange thing is that the instructions tells you to cut away a bit of sprue between each cylinder. But after looking at pics there is actually something between each cylinder, so I might just have left it as it was.
For some reason I continued cleaning up more parts like bombs and flaps. I’ve also glued the bombs and the drop tank.
Next I’ll start to paint the engine parts in different metal colours, and then all parts that need it in RLM02.