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Lockheed Martin F-16C block 50 
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F-16C "late Block 50" using the Tamiya kit 


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The  F-16C of the Chile Air Force was now finished with its full markings, parts and stores. Step by step, let's go through the final stages...


All gear doors were attached (from step 38).  Here, the main wheel is seen with its gear bay and doors.

The rear air brakes were attached (steps 50 , 51); as noted on a previous page, these came from the EDUARD set. 
Also 2x2 very small doors from thin plastic card were added at the brake arms bases on the upper surface. 

Note the added rear tail fairing, with the parachute pack (Step 20). 

The rear canopy screen of the Tamiya kit has far too wide edges that are supposed to be painted black (step 53). In the Academy kit, a spare screen is  in the kit; this was cut off at the rear and fitted. Some white glue closed the gaps at the mating surfaces. 

The upper part is the Tamiya part (note that not the fully painted black edges are seen here... these are even wider!);  the lower part is a far better spare Academy kit part #G2. 

The instrument coaming (step 43) has a gap up front. It was set fixed onto the model and the gap closed with white glue (seen here in the picture still drying); paint black after is has dried. 

- The pitot tube from metal was added (step 53).
- A small piece of black painted rod was added aft of the seat to keep the canopy in open position.
- The refuelling panel on the top of the plane was painted aluminium. 
- The various lights got transparant colours added as indicated in the instructions. 

The anti-collision lights #L11 in Step 49 on the upper surfaces are a bit too large and too thick, so some sanding was needed. 

 


The stores were added next. You can choose quite some different ones. In the kit, good extensive marking decals are provided for all stores.

Starting from the top: AIM-120B/C AMRAAM / "empty pylon" / AGM-88 HARM, 370 gallon tank / central 300 gallon tank / 370 gallon tank / AGM-88 HARM / "empty pylon" / AIM-120B/C AMRAAM.

Below the intake is an AN/ASQ-213 HARM pod.


AGM-88 HARM missile to attack radar ground stations. These were white in the old days, but now on the current planes grey; on the rear end some orange coloured cap was added from card. 


The AIM-120B/C AMRAAM mid-range air to air missile, here on the wing tip. 

After all stores had been added and final assembly was finished, the overall model was cleaned up and got a coat of side-matt coat, applying a mix of 90%  Johnson Future and 10% Tamiya matting agent. (obviously cover the transparant parts when applying the end coat).
This will give a good shine and protect the decals. 

- The engine exhaust pipe got a coat of Future with some transparant Tamiya blue paint added to give a typical sheen.
- The canopy and ejection seat were put on the model (can be detached)
 

The model is ready!


Some  views on the overall finished model of the Chile AF


F-16C Block 50, aircraft number "851"

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A nice model added to the collection of an uncommon air force. Hope you like it!

NOTE: on the pictures above you don't see yet the small canopy locking hooks at the lower canopy frame; these were added later on to the model. Below you see them added using white thin card.....

 

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