Hasegawa 1/48th scale

F-16A Fighting Falcon

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Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A Fighting Falcon

RNethAF 316 Sqn. 40th Anniversary, Gilze Rijen AB, Holland 1993

Model Built November 2003 to March 2004

Six months before the completed model

1.     This view of the various components of the 1/48th scale Hasegawa F-16A was taken nearly six months before the photo's of the completed model.

 

 Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A Fighting Falcon

Various components Verlinden resin items Lead shot secured with PVA wood glue Copper wire
2.     The build was quite a slow process due to the high complexity of the project that involved building two F-16's side by side. Various components are shown here after the Flaperons were removed. 3.     This view shows in good detail the nose avionics assembly comprising of Verlinden resin items in light orange. A white section of plastic card separates resin from cockpit. 4.     Between the two resin plugs there was space for a nose-weight. In this case it is lead shot secured with PVA wood glue. The unpainted avionics bay doors are also shown here. 5.     This view shows the avionics wiring reproduced in copper wire.
Ejection seat- a resin item from Verlinden Verlinden superdetail set Gatling Gun body Radar assembly
6.     The ejection seat before painting. This is another resin item from Verlinden. 7.     A view of the upper cockpit coaming. Part of the rear coaming was cut away to make room for a photo-etched metal insert from the Verlinden superdetail set. 8.     A view of the cannon bay with the resin ammo drum and Gatling Gun body. The gun is made of sprue and photo-etched parts. 9.     Another close up of the unpainted ammo drum, nose cone and radar assembly. Verlinden photoetched and resin parts made up all these items.
Ammo drum bay Assemblies going into the nose area Ejection seat Radar assembly before it was mounted on the nose
10.     The cannon bay includes the ammo drum bay. Some ribbing had to be removed before the Gun body would fit properly. 11.     Another view of the various assemblies going into the nose area. These photo's were taken much later as the parts are now painted. 12.     The ejection seat is now painted. 13.     The blue masking tape here was used to mask the mating section of the front bulkhead. Here we see the radar assembly before it was mounted on the nose.
Two ejection seats Avionics bay doors Cockpit after fuselage assembly Gatling Cannon bay fully painted and assembled
14.     Two F-16's were built side by side so here we see two ejection seats and one of the ladders. 15.     An interior shot of the now painted avionics bay doors. Note the wiring and door hinges. 16.     A look inside the cockpit after fuselage assembly and painting. 17.     The Gatling Cannon bay fully painted and assembled.
Avionics bays Avionics bays Before final painting of the camouflage scheme Gatling Cannon bay with its gun and ammo drum
18.     The avionics bays now painted. 19.     A further view of the painted avionics bays. 20.     Overall view of the front section before final painting of the camouflage scheme. 21.     One last shot of the model before it was finished.... Once again we get to see the Gatling Cannon bay with its gun and ammo drum. Compare these photo's to the similar ones show to the right and below. It took a lot of work to get between the two....
Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A Verlinden "F-16 Super Detail Set" Open avionics and radar bays from Verlinden F-16A, J-142, of the Royal Netherlands Air Force 316 Squadron, Gilze Rijen AB, depicted in 1993
22.     A Pilot of this Dutch Airforce walks over to his awaiting F-16A being prepped by his crew chief. Well, actually it is the Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A built during November, December, January & March 2003/2004. 23.     This kit is detailed with the Verlinden "F-16 Super Detail Set". Here we see the open Gatling gun bay with it ammunition drum. The gun itself is made from stretched sprue. Weathering is with black acrylic wash and oil pastel dust. 24.     The open avionics and radar bays come from Verlinden and are resin and photo-etched parts. The ladder is a kit item thinned down. 25.     A view of the mid-section showing the belly tank. This aircraft is an F-16A, J-142, of the Royal Netherlands Air Force 316 Squadron, Gilze Rijen AB, depicted in 1993 when it celebrated its 40th Anniversary with this special paint scheme.
Dutch Decal Canopy framing is all from Verlinden The model was airbrushed with Xtracolour enamels Flaperons were cut out and lowered
26.     The decals are from "Dutch Decal" but were disappointing as they refused to stick without silvering. 27.     The Dutch Decal sheet instructions are not in colour and the decals were applied before I realised that the tail was meant to be yellow.... The ejection seat is a resin and photo-etched item from Verlinden. Canopy framing is all from Verlinden. 28.     The model was airbrushed with Xtracolour enamels. The sidewinder missiles are from the kit but the tip covers are by PP Aeroparts, as were the RBF tags. The roundels were from another Dutch Decal set whilst the stencils are from Aeromaster. 29.     The wing Flaperons were cut out and lowered and the tailerons were drooped. The exhaust nozzle is a resin item from Cutting Edge covered in Bare Metal.
Verlinden product - the "F-16 Cockpit Detail Set" This Dutch aircraft only carries its belly tank and one luggage carrier Verlinden kit supplied all of these details for the Radar and avionics bays F-16A show it alongside a sister ship from the USAF - an F-16C
30.     The cockpit is super-detailed with another Verlinden product - the "F-16 Cockpit Detail Set". Although excellent the side instrument consoles should not be replaced with the photo-etched parts supplied. It is almost impossible to make these look good. 31.     An underside view as the model is held in my hand over the model bench itself. This Dutch aircraft only carries its belly tank and one luggage carrier. 32.     The Verlinden kit supplied all of these details for the Radar and avionics bays. Sadly the undercarriage bays are bereft of detail so the various pipes, wires, boxes, aircraft battery and halon gas bottle were all fabricated from scrap items from the spares box. 33.     This final view of the F-16A show it alongside a sister ship from the USAF - an F-16C. The pilot and crew chief are added to give an impression of scale. This photo is taken on top of the model work bench itself.
Mounted on its Display Base Like the Verlinden Catalogue pictures Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A Fighting Falcon RNethAF 316 Sqn. 40th Anniversary, Gilze Rijen AB, Holland, 1993 Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A Fighting Falcon RNethAF 316 Sqn. 40th Anniversary, Gilze Rijen AB, Holland, 1993
34.     The next set of photo's were taken in December 2004 after this model was mounted on its Display Base. A name Plate has been added too. 35.     These photo's are starting took an awful lot like the Verlinden Catalogue pictures for their Superdetail sets! 36.     This Base differs in style to the others seen on this web site. This was the original prototype. 37.     The base may well benefit from some 1/48th scale Ground Equipment in future.
Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16A Fighting Falcon RNethAF 316 Sqn. 40th Anniversary, Gilze Rijen AB, Holland, 1993      
38.     The Base Name Plate shows the origins of the Aircraft represented here.      

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