Mitsubishi
F-2 Fighter JASDF 
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F-2 model in 1/32 scale
Conversion from F-16 kits

Before painting, several layer of grey base coats were added to check for any errors in filling, sanding, panellines etc. This reveals all flaws. Several corrections were necessary. Below, the junction between the inboard "card" wing and fuselage and outher wing can be seen. Still some sanding is needed, but it is almost OK now.


The overall model received its pylons etc as they can by airsprayed in one go. Also, the dorsal fins were added, unchanged from the F-16 kit.

After a light grey base coat (Humbrol 64 light grey was used but any brand can be used), it was time to apply the final coats.

Now there comes up a problem. What are the correct colours of this plane?
The 1/72 kit of Hasegawa indicates 

a. Mr.Color no. 72 / Mr.Hobby Gunze Sangyo 56 medium blue for the overall lower/upper
b. Mr.Color no. 14 / Mr.Hobby Gunze Sangyo 54 navy blue for camo pattern on top

Now , these are rather basic indications and I took a look at the IPMS Stockholm color references

Still, it was difficult to assess the correct colours. From other sources, I found suggestions as to use FS35164 and FS35109. Suggestions were Gunze Sangyo 56 equivalent to be Humbrol 144 (being about FS35164). For Gunze 54 = Humbrol 77 was suggested.
Now, I got the impression looking at various real pictures of the F-2 that the colors were more bleu"ish" than grey"ish".

Looking  again at the vast array of paints and colour pictures, I first selected the following paints:
a.  Xtracolor  X603 Flanker blue for the overall coat
b.  a mix of  75% Xtracolor  X125 (FS15164) + 25% X163 blue angels blue
for the camo pattern on top of the plane. 
LATER ON, IT WAS DISCOVERED THIS WAS NOT A CONVINCING CHOICE (MORE ON THAT ON PAGE 3)


The basic model seen with its overal coat. The other colour of the upper camouflage pattern is not yet applied.


Some of the other parts. The exhaust has the later F-16C GE-100 engine feathers and these are supplied in the 1/32 Revell kit. 
The Revell cockpit canopy is a single part. I needed to cut it in three as the F-2 has a very different canopy that the F-16. I also had to make the various hinge  parts etc. The F-2 windscreen was made from a piece of transparant plastic as it is single curved. The whole canopy was thus  changed in shape and the whole canopy is in a more forward position on a F-2. 

Below, some detail in the main wheel bays can be seen made from stretched sprue. Still to be further detailed. 

...and the cockpit area

Next steps are to apply the darker camouflage colour. 
After that, to build up the inner cockpit section and adding other parts.

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