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A marine F-16?? Tamiya F-16N WIP

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A marine F-16?? Tamiya F-16N WIP
Posted by mobiusone on Monday, February 27, 2017 8:53 PM

Howdy all! I figured it was time to post up my first WIP on the site. I know there are many many prop enthusiast on here, but hopefully you'll love a good F-16 build :) My subject is Tamiya's wonderful F-16C/N adversary, and I chose the awesome Marine scheme from Twobobs. It would be a pain to mask, so I had Kenny at Gatormasks custom make me some masks for the scheme (if you want to do it to, he now has the templates to sell you!) The kit will be embelished with Eduards PE for the interior and exterior, along with Aires wheel bay (no comparison to the kit, outstanding detail) and Eduard Brassin wheels to model the correct wheels the plane had. I hope you follow along, please feel free to comment, ask question, or even say i'm doing a terrible job! All in good fun. 

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  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 27, 2017 10:50 PM

Looking forward to your WIP posts!

Mike

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:23 AM

This should be interesting, nice scheme. I didn't know the Marines had F-16's.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:53 AM
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  • From: MN
Posted by Nathan T on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:33 AM

Props...pppssshhh, we don't need no stinkin props! Bring it on! this will be sweet. 

 

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2:40 AM
I love doing the adversaries. A chance to do interesting color schemes and markings. I have the Hasegawa 1/48 f-16 I'm doing in air force aggressor markings. Just finished an F-5 last month. Looking forward to your build.
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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 3:34 AM

EatsI'll definitely be glued to this one. Just finished a CAS F-16 in the lizard camo.

 

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Posted by Jim Barton on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2:35 PM

This will be fun to watch.

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Thursday, March 02, 2017 3:14 PM

Bish

This should be interesting, nice scheme. I didn't know the Marines had F-16's.

 

Makes two of us but shouldn't be a surprise. Marines buy their aircraft piggybacked on Navy contracts.

What I've got rattling around in my head is the new 1/48 Tamiya F-14 in the markings for VMFA-531 the Gray Ghosts. The Marines were intended to get 170 Tomcats before the cost overruns started getting ridiculous and the budget cutters stepped in.

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Posted by mobiusone on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:02 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments, and i'm glad y'all are looking forward to this! I promise i've been working, most of it going on what you see here. Aires wheel bays. Both of these play a big part in the structure of the kit, as well as set the angle of stance with the wheels on. So to say the least, i wanted to get it right. It's taken about a week of work in total with my limited time, test fitting, sanding, removing, testing, sanding, testing, etc etc. This is my first resin upgrade parts (for an aircraft at least, been working with resin in the F1 model community for a while now. You can just see a resin Audi Le Mans car i'm working on as well in the background upside down). Now that i'm pretty happy with the fit, i'll get to laying down the white for the intakes and bays. Also, the reason should be pretty apparent why i chose to go with the Aires set when compared to the kit parts... Huh?

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  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:17 PM

This is already looking to be another great addition to the WiP threads around here! 

Keep it going!  :D

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by mobiusone on Monday, March 27, 2017 8:49 PM

WOW almost 20 days???? And the worst part... all 20 days have been sitting working on getting the dang Aires wheel bays in and fitting correctly. I won't go into details, but either i'm an idiot, or if your following along for advice, be sure you REALLY want these for your Tamiya viper. BUT MAN... they do look the part. So much better than the kit. I still need to detail painting on them though. But now thats done, I have something that looks a BIT like an F-16 now! One thing i am worried about though is that little step you see where the front upper wing meets the back upper wing section just in the middle of the plane there. I need to see how it looks with primer, but if its bad in primer still i'm unsure how i'll tackle that :( 

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Monday, March 27, 2017 9:10 PM
That is a nice looking wheel bay, sorry to hear it gave you so many issues. It's coming along and I can't wait to see more! As to the step, maybe some some strip styrene and sand sand sand so it's less step and more of a smooth transition? Hopefully it'll be fine under the primer

-Josiah

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Posted by mobiusone on Monday, April 03, 2017 9:08 PM

Primer is on as is the preshading! Nothing fancy, tamiya grey with dark grey panel lines from the ol' airbrush. The step didn't go away :( but it falls within the dark green, so i'm hoping the dark color will mask it a bit. The fit on the nose was not the best TBH. More than likely i messed up since its a Tamiya kit... Anyways, after that was done i began by putting down the grey/almost cream grey part of the camo. I used Valejo color, and MAN do i love this stuff. Just put it in the airbrush and go. Does wonders for tonal variations especially in grey. Anyway, next part is the trickiest. Getting the masks down will not be an easy task, as many decals depend on getting them JUST right or else everything will be on the wonk. Wish me luck 

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 4:16 AM

Its coming on well. Glad to seeyou managed to tackle the wheel wells.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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Posted by mobiusone on Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:25 PM

SO if you're following along, plans have changed drastically. The pre-cut masking i had was just not going to work out for the jagged marine jet :( I was heart broken. So i decided to re-pre shade and go with the second jet on the Twobobs old school adversaries sheet, the 3 tone blue Flanker scheme with the red 01 on it (which looks really cool). To paint I used a mix of the poster tack trick, along with some of Gator Mask's pre-cut masks to get the final shapes down, especially on the wings and tail. It went a lot better than the Marine was going. So really I guess my title is wrong now Embarrassed But i hope you'll still follow along. Paint was all Valejo, and I used the exact FS #s called out for on the twobobs sheet. The radom was a bit of a guess, in the end it ended up being about 2 parts NATO black and 1 part of the blue used on the aircraft. I was able to get some subtle variation thanks to the preshading.  I have just over 2 weeks to get this done for IPMS Houston. There is no way it will win anything (sort of just joing the jet builders as mainly a car guy, man some of y'all are amazing) but maybe it will be cool to sit next to another adversary. There is still a lot to get done. 

 

 

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  • From: 29° 58' N 95° 21' W
Posted by seasick on Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:24 PM

Dissimilar aircraft for training. Maybe a collection of advarsaries?

F-16N, F-5E, A-4, F-16A, F-21 (Israeli Kfir (a stand in for the Mirage III, and Mirage 5)).

 

Chasing the ultimate build.

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Posted by mobiusone on Friday, April 21, 2017 5:03 PM
Oh for sure Seasick! I have many adversaries lined up. Should have an a-4 soon, and my second Tamiya Tomcat will be the infamous Red 31 Tomcatsky
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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, April 21, 2017 5:40 PM

I'm sorry I'm so late in this game.  I don't know how I could have missed this.  What you have there is a fantastic build!  Love the camouflag.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

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Monogram 1/48 Black Widow 1974 boxing with AM Goodies

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