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

The initial selected colours were not convincing me as I looked at the model and various pictures of the real plane. Again, I started experimenting with various shades of blue and grey.
I found the following to be the best selection:

a.  Overall color Blue:  CREATEX acrylic  Slate Blue/ "Schiefergrau"; [ it looks like Fed.Standard 35190 ]
b.  Pattern:  Humbrol 104 Grey/BLue enamel paint [ it looks like Fed.Standard 35053 ]

The model was now sprayed with these colours and the particular dark blue/grey camo pattern masked as needed.

Some overspray you always get (!^@?^!) and  was again corrected. 

I think this is a convincing result now. At last I could get on with the rest of this model.
Obviously the lower area is the overall blue and the pylons were set in place to spray them also. 

ALLOW A LOT OF DRYING TIME BEFORE HANDLING THE MODEL AFTER SPRAYING! THE acrylic OF CREATEX IS VERY SENSITIVE TO  PLAIN WATER. 

Finally, I applied several coats of Johnson Future to get a glosh result, ready to take on the later decals. 

The F-2 has a windscreen! The hinged canopy section required a bit longer rear arm than I originally thought. This was made with some white card and the  fuselage section at the rear screen was also adapted.


The F-2 instrument panel was made by converting a spare Hasegawa F-16 panel I had. I added the F-16"C" type CRT screens.


The inner F-2 cockpit area is quite small as is the F-16 cockpit and really not so big. With some stock card en sprue, details were added. Note that the used Revell F-16 tub already has some raised details. The side walls were also not forgotten.

The F-2 wheels came from a spare set I had from the Hasegawa 1/32 F-16 kit. The Revell F-16 gear legs were adjusted and will get these wheels later on. I had to drill out the hole in the brake parts. For strength, small pieces of metal rod will be used at the aisle. 




The nose wheel gear bay is seen here


and the main gear bay. Some extra colours are to be added later on. 

the small cockpit got a set of instrument panels from decals and some raised detail from sprue and card. The main instrument panel looking like the F-16"C" panel was also added. Otherwise the cockpit is pretty clean. 

Now, the decals/markings should be added... They have to be sorted together, and partly need to home made.

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