After a full head of steam through my F-16CJ build, I was unlucky enough to get the terrible flu that has been circulating the Chicagoland area.
I am glad to say that I am better and finished with the build. Everything about this build was a joy. It did have some challenges, but not too difficult of ones. Academy really put a great kit on the market. The molds were superb. There was no flashing and minimal filling. This kit has the most complex landing gear I have ever put together. Finely detailed, I recommend to all that this kit will not disappoint.
With Christmas here, I thought I would be finished with my F-16C and have a decent start to my B-57 Canberra. Even with time delays, this has been a pleasurable build.
With painting complete except for some odds and ends, I am focusing on weathering and details next. I used Dutch Boy Semi-Gloss White latex paint for the wheel bays and the inside of the air intake. I plan on using pastels to dirty it up a bit. If the detailing goes as well as the build, I’ll be in good shape.
With the construction and research of my F-16C, I have become transfixed on this particular aircraft. Aside from the six kits I already have, I felt the need to buy two more. I have always thought the F-16I was a great looking plane so I purchased Hasegawa’s 1/72 scale kit. Out of left field came the desire for a 1/32 scale F-16CG by Academy.
I am sailing along with my F-16C build without any major issues. There have been hardly any minor issues as well. In fact, the only problem I have had was the bottom half of the fuselage being warped at the nose. Some extra glue and masking tape fixed it right up. So far there has been minimal filler and sanding needed. I am ready for my first coat of primer and we’ll see from there.
So I just finished reading Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. Written by Dan Hampton, it tells of his career in the United States Air Force. Viper Pilot is one of those “can’t put it down” books. As an avid reader on all things military, it was a captivating glimpse into the life of an accomplished F-16CJ pilot.
After reading this book, I couldn’t help but to dig out one of my F-16’s and start building it. I am currently working on Academy’s 1/72 F-16C “Air National Guard” kit. I plan on building it straight from the box with the exception of photo etched seat belts. Also, I purchased a set of Two Bobs decals representing the Fighter Weapons School. I am about a third done with it and I must say it has been an easy build so far.