in 1/32 scale
Next was detailling the cockpit area of the two Hasegawa models.
The F-16C and F-16A MLU models got a similar treatment regarding the cockpit detailling.
Hasegawa provides also some metal parts that can be used here. In addition, I got the Eduard set # 32-052 with F-16 details. Some of the etched metal parts were used in various areas, although I found that not everything was accurate in the Eduard set. So check pictures as you go along!
on the page [H1 ] the basic side walls and
cockpit edges were inproved and also note that the instrument panels are
a bit different between versions. This was catered for with some new instruments
made of pieces of card. The MLU for example has some different instruments.
Also note the
ridges added on the closing surfaces of the canopy, these are I believe
Various instrument panels, knobs, handles etc were pianted black, with colour detailling added with a a fine brush.
The cockpit canopy as provided in the Hasegawa kit is clear and OK, but has a seam that needs to be carefully sanded away and polished. For polishing I used MOTIP "Scratch away" car polisher .
Similarly, the seams need to be removed on the Academy and Tamiya kits.
Unfortunately I found that the seam in the Tamiya kit extends into the clear canopy structure, so you still see a seam after polishing. I was not to happy with this as you will end up with a distorted canopy on the Tamiya kit !!!!
The canopies of the Academy and Hasegawa kits came out pretty well. As Academy has a spare canopy provided I am considering using that on the Tamiya kit as a replacement.
Inside the canopies,
the frame was added using the Tamiya kit as an example and looking at pictures.
What was added were for example the 2 handles and the canopy locks. Also
the bar at the rear with the raising rods was added.
On the MLU F-16,
an additional detail to be added is what is probably the Night vision goggles
movement sensor. It is a small vertical probe that can be seen on the left
lower side of the canopy as seen here on a areal MLU canopy:
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