General Dynamics F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling report of REVELL kits
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Another Revell F-16C kit#4669 was made as a F-16C Block 40 of Bahrain using decals from Model Alliance set MA72185 which I got from my modelling friend Bas.
The model got the small intake and the Pratt and Whitney F100 engine exhaust parts as described for the F-16C Poland above.... . These extra parts #17,18,19,20 are still in the sprues of the Revell kit. Also, use the thin main wheels #46 in the kit (so not the thick wheels #100).
The standard F-16C tail was used, so kit parts #96, 97 as indicated in STEP 12. It also should have the IFF antennas on the nose, so part #39 (and not 89). Also, the AMRAAM pylons and launchers were fitted on the wing tips.
NOTE: the structural stiffeners
often found on the F-16C ( though not in any kit) were I think also fitted
on Bahraini Block 40 aircraft. With a tooth pick, these were painted medium
grey. These are hardly seen here in a bit rough "close up" photo to show
The Bahrain F-16 colour indicated by the decal instructions is an overall grey mix of Fed.Std 50% FS35237 and 50% FS36622, but I used overall Gunze Sangyo H67 acryllic (indicated RLM65) that look good after studying photos. It has bit "blue" in it. The radar nose cone got a darker grey colour of about FS36231 with Gunze Sangyo H317.
Decals from Model Alliance went on fine after the model first got a gloss varnish base coat as usual. This F-16C got dark grey walklines, obtained from one of the many F-16 decal sets I had.
Final details like metal nose pitot,
static dischargers and so on were added as described
A final semi-dull coat of varnish was airbrushed and the canopy finally installed.
Another Revell F-16C kit released in 2014 was kit #04844. This has very nice decals for a Turkish "SOLO TURK" demo aircraft which is F-16C Block 40 aircraft. It has the GE (General Electric) engine.
It was decided to make this attractive scheme!
The kit is very similar to the F-16C kit described above, but some small adaptions are needed for the Turkish F-16C Block 40 aircraft, these are well indicated in the Revell instructions.
The tail of SOLO TURK is slightly
different with the parapack and can easily be adapted as indicated...
The IFF panel is not fitted on the
F-16C Block 40 SOLO TURK , so was also not needed on the nose, so use part
The GE engine parts #98, 99 were used.
For SOLO TURK, the old fashioned Sidewinder
wing tip launchers were also set in place.
Than, using the kit instructions various
areas got the other colours. For black Gunze Sangyo H2 black acryllic
was used and for the gold colour Mr.Color enamel
#217 Gold was used. Masking was done by making a copy of the
decal sheet on paper and using masking film to follow exactly the contours.
Let dry for 72 hours when done.
I found out when the model was almost
finished and thus simply retained the model. It's not perfect but OK.
The rest of the model was set in place like landing gear and so on. The main gear wheel bays are white but some wash was brushed in.
Final kit finishing was mostly as done on the other F-16C kits...., such as....
- the thicker main wheels #100 as
per kit for heavier GE engined F-16's the usual type, but unfortunately
the kit does not have any parts for the than needed "bulged" main doors.
(You may also add the Smokewinders, but I kept the launchers clean.)
This model got a semi-gloss varnish coat, this will give an even sheen and will protect the decals. A few coats of Johnson Future/ Pledge airbrushed with some matting agent with the airbrush is several thin layers using the usual technique...
The canopy was installed after its frames were hand painted with a fine paint brush and the stripe decals added. The canopy was kept clear and was set open and the rear glass section "glued" in place with clear drying white glue.
No stores were installed for the F-16C SOLO TURK demo. That completed a nice demonstration aircraft model.
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