HAF F-16C Work In Progress

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Hello and welcome back to The Scale Model Hangar!

It’s been a while since I have shared any work with you so I thought it time for an update. I have begun work on a project that I have wanted to build for many years now, a 1/48 HAF F-16C in special anniversary markings.

There is something quite special about Greek Air Force jets, I love their paint schemes and when they do special markings they do so well! In this case I came across this beautiful scheme when Zotz decals released the 136 Mira markings for this aircraft:

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I just had to build this one! The trouble was that I did not have a kit in 1/48 scale that was an accurate HAF Block 30 F-16. I needed an extended tail and big mouth intake in the same box and that was not available. Halfway through building a USAF F-16 from a Tamiya kit I was looking through my kit stash for some spare parts and I found the ideal solution…………well, sort of!

This is going to be a plastic mash up between my Revell F-16A and spares from Hasegawa F-16C and  Tamiya F-16N kits. I have also added a Eduard photo etch cockpit set in the mix so this is going to keep me busy for a while!

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Here we have the kit parts from Revell’s F-16A. This kit will provide the basic airframe parts and the other donor kits will give me the upgrades I need to turn it into the HAF Block 30 F-16C I need.

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After some painting and added details from the Eduard P/E set we have our finished cockpit……

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The biggest physical difference about HAF F-16’s is the extended tail. I managed to add the bulge from scrap plastic and sand it into shape to match the photograph’s on Zotz’s decal sheet guide.

 

 

BIG mouth!

The Block 30 F-16’s feature the “Big Mouth” intake that came with that upgrade and I needed to replace and upgrade the “A” version that Revell’s kit provides. To this end I have grafted the Tamiya Block 30intake onto the Revell engine intake trunking. ]

Yes, it was a PIA job to do! But the end result was worth it! You can see below the difference in size and scale between the two intakes:

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So after lots of shaping, filling and smoothing I ended up with this………

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In-between  all of those sanding sessions I commenced assembly on the airframe:

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Here is how the fitted cockpit looked with the painted burner can in the background.

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The intake took a lot of work as I had to continuously test fit it and correct its fit.

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Now it is beginning to take shape!

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I needed to re-scribe all the details lost whilst sanding and shaping the intake to the rest of the model.

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Behind the mask!

I have to say, I hate masking up F-16 afterburner cans! I wish someone would release a masking sheet for these things! I primed the plastic with gloss black acrylic paint and after drying I misted on several light coats of True Metal dark Aluminium. To get that dark gap in-between the petals there’s only one way to go. Mask, mask and more mask!

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With the burner can drying out and my new intake installed, it was time to get this bird onto the paint bench! I mixed my own shades of Tamiya acrylic paint from studying reference photo’s of the real aircraft.

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HAF Block 30’s have the same scab plates that USAF F-16s have and Tamiya produce a set of metal aftermarket parts to reproduce them. However, they are way too thick fro ythis scale and do not conform to the curves of the airframe. I wanted to be as accurate as I could with this model so using the Tamiya parts as a guide, I cut my own scab plates from Tamiya masking tape. You can see the plates fitted to the model below:

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I continued with painting the airframe and when I was satisfied, I sprayed a clear gloss varnish over the entire model and left it to cure for 48hrs. Applying the decals is always one of my favourite parts of a build as this stage is usually the milestone that tells us we are on our way to completing the model. Being as found as I was of these markings, it was great to see them adorn this model. The Zotz decals are quite thick for this scale so I needed a lot of setting solution to get them to conform and eliminate silvering. They are of excellent register though and on a model like this that really counts! Once I was happy with the decals, another clear gloss varnish was airbrushed over the entire model and again left to cure.

The next process was to weather the model. F-16’s have many different panels of various shapes and sizes all over the upper part of its airframe. The Greek F-16’s are based near the sea and fade very quickly so I decided in accordance with the grey/blue paint scheme I used the AK Interactive panel line wash for grey or blue paint schemes. Painted onto a gloss surface this will look a little stark but I can assure you that once the model is matt coated the effect will take on a more realistic appearance. Here are some photo’s of how the model looks now:

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So that’s where we are up to this build. I still have a lot more to do here such as undercarriage,  canopy, wing stores and external details.  I hope you have enjoyed this update, until next time , take care and  Happy Modelling!

Darren.

 

4 thoughts on “HAF F-16C Work In Progress

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