F-2 model in 1/32 scale
Conversion from a F-16 kit
Now, the decals/ markings should be
added... They have to be sorted together, and partly need to home made.
The various markings were now to be applied. As no decals exist in this scale for the particular F-2, getting decals from various sources and making some home-made decals was necessary.
- The Japanese roundels with white edges were sought after. I found the Tally Ho! set 72002 " Japanese schragermusik" having the 6 required correct diameter roundels of 16 mm and 11 mm diameter.
- The rescue markings were home made, a 1/48 sheet being scanned of a Hasegawa F-2 kit and enlarged. They were then printed on Bare Metal Foil Inktjet decal; these were brushed over with Johnson Klear.
- various F-16 were similar to the F-2 and used; they came from the used basic Revell but also Hasegawa F-16 kit decals.
- the various walkway stripes were cut using XtraDecal striping set. They are white.
- the Japanese stencilling is very small in size so "getting the desired effect" is good enough. For that purpose, the smaller white stencilling came from a rub-off Verlinden set witrh various no steps.
- the lettering and numbers came from left over decals of a 1/72 Hasegawa Orion P-3 kit.
applied using water, but also MicroScale SOL and SET to get a good surface
gear was added. Some oil striping and weathering was applied using water
based acrylic paint.
The fuel receptable... with filled in metal area
The cockpit received now a bit more detailling with various knobs, switches and instruments. The resemblance with the F-16 is quite extra ordinary. I also added the various "remove before flight" safety warning flags. These were made from with glossy paper.
The wing pylons got some hinges obtained from spare pylons from other kits; however, stores are still to be fitted, so pylons are not ready yet.
The F-2 model is itself now almost complete, but not yet ready.....
of views of the F-2 JASDF fighter aircraft model....
The F-2 model needs some extra "stores".
There are some
peculiar round markings at the LEX of F-2; these were obtained from a spare
dry transfer set from Verlinden. Also note the details in front of the
windscreen. Next, a semi matt finish varnish was applied for which Johnson
Future varnish was used, with some Tamiya Matting agent (15%) mixed in.
Later on, some typical Japanese stores are still to be added. I want to add the JASDF AAM-3 "Sidewinder like" AA missile and a very colourful ASM-2 "Harpoon like" missile that I saw on pictures.
missile can be made by changing the fins on a normal AIM-9L Sidewinder.
The "Japanese" AAM-3 Sidewinder was made from an old normal US Sidewinder with new fins from card.
The ASM-2 missile was made from a
spare "Harpoon" missile from a 1/32 Academy F-18 kit. A belly fairing was
added with new fins.
The missiles are seen here on the
F-2 installed on the pylon and wing tip.
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