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in 1/32 scale
made by Meindert de Vreeze
F-16C "late Block 52D" using the Academy kit
As of 2019, over 110 KF-16 aircraft are operated by the South Korea Air Force (ROKAF). For more details on the real plane, look at this page.
The steps as indicated in the Academy instructions are not entirely followed in that order. In this build, a more logical order is followed...
so let's start !
by making small sub-assemblies and "pre-painting" smaller parts. This will
take quite some work as there are many parts in this nice kit. Some airbrushing
is done with parts still in the sprues.
Steps 1 - 2
The cockpit area is pretty well detailed and assembled as indicated in the instructions.The main areas are dark grey. The ACES II seat is OK but straps are moulded on (Remove these and make separate straps).
You get either the "big mouth" or older type F-16 intake parts, a very nice feature of the kit. For the KF-16C, the small old type intake was needed. I recommend that you only glue the intake heating probe part C34 at the lower end.
Issue found later regarding the small intake: on the Academy kit the distance between the intake and the lower fuselage is too small. The RAM intake and duct are barely visible. (Some modification may be needed here, a good alternative being to use an old Hasegawa F-16 intake).
Steps 4-5 Main
F-16's before and up to block 30 have at the slat at the inboard position
only "2" slat rotating fingers". Later block beyond block 30 F-16 have
there "3" fingers. Probably this is modification applied later to cope
with more stress.
In the main
canopy, I added a missing horizontal bar at the rear made from thick rod.
Steps 28 up to 34
These deal with the external stores and lots of them are provided in the kit. The stores are of very good quality and you get lots of decals for them.
Listed and provided are: AIM/9L./M, AIM-9X, AIM-102-B/C, AGM-88, GBU-12, GBU-12 W/TER, GBU-31 and tanks and pods like the 370 gallon and center 300 gallon tanks, AN.AAQ-13 / 14/ 213 / 184 and AN/ALE-50. A very big choice here and you also get the needed adaptors and pylons. The stores are to assembled later.
The final stages cover the decals for the markings and stencilling.
During kit construction,
hardly any putty was needed. Only at the wing-fuselage joint this was required.
Tape and mask both sides of the gap and fill with putty. Remove with Nail
polish remover, this will reduce the amount of sanding and will save the
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