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F-16C "late Block 50" using the Tamiya kit
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model was now assembled. If you want, you can assemble the engine and its
Steps 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 : Engine Dolly
For the separate engine, a stand/ dolly is provided. It has many parts and is a model in itself. The dolly was assembled as indicated in the instructions .
The Tamiya kit
provides parts for a separate and detailed GE F110 engine. Following the
Step 11: parts #B20, H9, H10 are not used as these are not needed because of the fuselage improvement work. Also note that part #H7 was used in the exhaust area already.
As the engine exhaust (with parts # H8 + K8) is used on the model, for the engine spare parts were used from the Hasegawa F-16C. These were the exhaust pedals parts #J2 + the cutt-off ring of 7 mm to create an exhaust to fit on the engine.
In step 12 it
is shown how it fits its dolly
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The kit was
to be finished in a "non typical " F-16 scheme. On the Internet pictures
were found of the F-16C Block 50 aircraft as delivered to the Chile Air
Force. This was a very nice scheme as compared to the standard USAF like
NOTE: Together with the purchase of brand new F-16s, the Chile Air Force has also purchased Fokker refurbished F-16 that were ex-KLU / RNLAF. These aircraft were previously upgraded to F-16MLU standard and have more in common in equipment and capabilities to the F-16C Block 50s than the original F-16A block 5, 10 and 15 stock. The HARM capability was removed however. (for serials, see KLu table on IPMS.NL here...)
The F-16C / D planes can fire the Python IV missile and the JDAM bomb with the Litening II pod below the chin.
are OK for the Chile AF F-16C with plane "850" depicted, but this is although
there are pictures showing this number not an actual service plane (I think
a temporary demonstrator number). FACh Block 50 aircraft are serialled
851-860. The four seaters are 857-58-59-60. The plane with number "851"
was made, the decal for the "0" was cut in pieces to get the "1".
IPMS Chile was contacted to make sure I had the correct colour info and details. An email was send and a quick response obtained. Thank you Oscar Ruf from Chile! The markings are low visibility with grey areas.
The paint scheme
can be seen here... [ courtesy IPMS
The colours are:
upper main grey
area FS 26152 ; used was LifeColor acrylic paint #108
1. It has a
longer parachute housing fairing on the base of the vertical tail with
on the right side an ECM stub; I had a correct spare fairing left over
from the 1/32 Academy kit (parts B1+B2+B17). The Tamiya fairing was cut
off, the replacement part reduced in length fitted and the whole assembly
filled and sanded.
2. This particular
F-16C also has the antennas in front of the windscreen (Tamiya provides
this part B17); as I used this part on the MLU F-16, I made these from
The model was airbrushed with the colours indicated.
The gloss coat aslo is required to get the decals onto the model without problems ("prevent silvering because air bubbles are trapped under a decal").
The other parts
were not forgotten to get this coat...
The wing walk
way lines came from
Xtracolour decal set XPS with various stripes
; thin white lines were applied as the Tamiya kit provides no walkway lines
(as presumably later USAF planes did not have these?); for the Chile AF
plane, actually these stripes should be FS26440, which is gull grey , being
also the lower surface colour. I used white lines as the nearest match.
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