in 1/32 scale
F-16I SUFA using the Academy kit
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The lower grey coat of Fed.Std. 36375 using acrylic paint Mr.Color/Gunze Sangyo H308 was already applied (please note that the kit instructions indicate FS36320, but I think this is not correct),
Now the model was given the camouflage SUFA top coats with Mr.Color/Gunze Sangyo acrylic paints:
FS33531 sand , using
The lower grey areas were masked and covered and the sand colour sprayed on first. Then the brown and than the green was airbrushed free-hand using my Infinity airbrush from Harder ? Steenbeck.
The radarnose was given after masking a coat of FS36231 using Gunze H317.
The results were quite nice. Next, the leading edges of the wing, stabilizers and tail, along with some mid-panels on the plane were masked of to be sprayed FS36320. Although Academy does provide decals for these, a sprayed on coat is much better looking.
Along the CFT (Conformal Fuel Tanks) medium gray rubber sealing bands are seen on SUFA's, so a gray band was hand painted with a fine brush. It does not have to be totally even widt at all areas, but this took some time to paint on.
It was now decided to apply the decals on this model prior to final adding the gears and stores. First, the model was given a couple of coats of Johnson Pledge/Future to prevent later silvering of the decals.
Academy provides attractive decals
for different IAF squadrons:
I picked the scheme of Negev with the colour blue hawk.
A large task it was adding all those decals. Academy provides lots of them and there are fine. They even provide hundreds of panel number decals, but I could not find instructions were to put them! Using the detail pictures in the book of Ra'anan Weiss about " F-16I Sufa in IAF Service". I applied the decals as best as possible.
Please note that some details are
still to be added to the model, like the canopy edge seals and the cockpit
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These steps deal with the external stores and lots of them are provided in the kit.
In the kit are many many armament parts including the 1/32 Israeli Python missiles. In the box are GBU-31 and GBU-38 JDAMs, GBU-12 Paveway II, AGM-130 and AIM-120B AMRAAM, the special Python-4 missiles.
These were all painted and the vary many decals applied... Quite some work, but the stores are kits in themselves....
Also the AAQ-13
LANTIRN pod and a new LITENING II targeting pod. In the kit are also the
very large 600 gallon fueltanks besides the 300 gallon centerline tank
and 370 gallon wing tanks.
mentioned, are the Sidewinders AIM-9M and AIM-9X, the HARM missiles AGM-88
and the ALQ-184.
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