in 1/32 scale
made by Meindert de Vreeze
F-16B converting the SUFA Academy kit
The Academy kit of the F-16I SUFA, a two seater variant of a Block 50/52 used by the Israeli Air Force is a very good kit. This kit is the first two seater in this 1/32 scale of any F-16 kit and will be converted into a older F-16B two seater.
details on this F-16I SUFA kit look at this page.....
More info including my own ORANGE JUMPER Walkaround can be seen on the Dutch IPMS.NL page here... [external link]
It seems that parts for a F-16D are included in the Academy kit like fairing aft of the canopy as replacement of the dorsal spine and additional instrument panels. The standard F-16C/D vertical tail is also still in the kit as well as different armament and both large and small intakes. tail para packs and housing options are also still there. The bulged main gear doors are only there and an extra sprue with the pilot figure parts.
The vertical fin is almost similar to the one of the Academy F-16CG/CJ but has a very tiny extra panel line and misses the base for which the dorsal spine is used. (it needs adaption for older block F-16 models like the F-16B).
Fortunately you will find also an
unused fairing for conventional two seater F-16 planes like the F-16D and
smaller sprues with transparent parts in a clear and smoke tinted variant.
You get 2 !!! two seater canopy parts!
A step by step approach will be presented in this F-16B MLU two seater "orange jumper" modelling report.
NOTE: If you wish to have a detailed ammunition and gun bay on your two seater F-16 model, cut-out the upper fuselage panels now, look here for instructions...
1. the F-16B does not have the F-16I
chaff dispensers aft of the main gear bay , so these were filled
3. the F-16B does not have the large
panels next to the cockpit area, so this was filled and cleaned up.
4. no small "bulges" are seen on the
earlier block planes like the F-16B, so sand flat both on top of part A1
and lower part A2
5. the F-16B has the thin vertical
fin, so we have a major modification here. This also means that the panel
lines are a bit different directly forward of the vertical fin base and
aft of the refuelling panel.
Please note that later MLU modifications including on the F-16B of the Dutch AF also include fuselage and wing stiffeners/ strengthening panels at various locations. These will be added later.
6. Also sand flat the raised panel on scoop part K28 (as seen in the kit instructions step 5). This large scoop intake is not present on the F-16B.
7. The raised forward nose panel on
the F-16B seems not so visible, so sand flat.
Fortunately, I still had a spare thin
base tail of an old 1/32 Hasegawa kit,
so this was thankfully retrieved form the spares box. If you do not have
such a spare part, you will need to used thick plastic card and replace
the thick base.
The Academy kit parts B1, B2, B17
can be used for the parachute aft housing.
Also at this point, with a Trumpeter
riveter tool, the vertical tail halves got indented rivets.
The whole assembly was glued, set
to dry for 24 hours. After filling and sanding, the result is seen here.
(Please note that the Dutch AF parachute fairing has some additional smaller
fairings on the sides, these will be added later).
Please note that this thin base fin can not be simply set onto the top fuselage as the fuselage curve needs to be set more round. This will tackled at a later stage with plastic strip, filler and sanding.
The two ACES
II seats are OK but straps are moulded on (Remove these and make separate
straps). Alternative is to use e.g QuickBoost
resin seats. It is noted that the Quickboost seats are smaller than the
kit seats, and I have the impression that they are better than the kit
So what should
be done for a proper F-16B cockpit?
The side consoles
of the pilot were sawed out and replaced by the sawed out sections of the
F-16CJ tub part C40 still found on the sprues.
There remains a gap between the side
panels and the instruments, some plastic card and white glue is needed
to close the gap.
For the aft tub the aft tub of the
F-16I can be used for the F-16B but with some smaller modifications.
In the aft cockpit, the right side
panel K24 should be set a bit more vertical than as suggested in the kit
instructions. So trim this part and fit more vertical directly next to
the right instrument panel. Some trimming also is than needed at the rear
panel K18. The part K19 looks almost OK for the F-16B but flat sand a tiny
rectangular panel on this part.
For the rest of the tub assembly do
indeed use the bulkhead part K56, the stick parts C21 and replace stick
K60 with part C46.
The main areas are for the MLU versions black with Fed.Standard FS36320 medium grey (using e.g. Humbrol 128 ) details like at the seat tubs. This is to enable the pilots to use night vision goggles and avoid blinding them.
The whole cockpit tub assembly was given first a coat of medium grey and the black areas hand painted. The instruments were are painted black and the raised details were high lighted by simply SANDING off the black paint in areas and by inscribing with a scriber the individual panels.
The same was done on the main central
instruments, to be set in place later. Tiny coloured details were are now
added, not a lot of work here.
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