Hasegawa 1/48th scale

F-16C Fighting Falcon

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

USAF 389th Fighter Sqn. Op Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan 2001

Model Built November 2003 to March 2004

Hasegawa F-16C in November 2003

1.     This photo was taken of the various components of the Hasegawa F-16C in November 2003. The photo shows separated Flaperons taped to their wings.

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

Painted cockpit detail Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan 389th Fighter Squadron ("Thunderbolts") from Mountain Home AFB "Nose-art" applied to aircraft 401 for the Afghanistan campaign
2.     By January 2004 things have moved on and this photo shows the painted cockpit detail. Neither Ejection Seat nor Canopy are in place yet. Now for the finished result..... 3.     A couple of F-16's await a mission sitting on ramp during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In reality you are looking at two F-16 model aircraft in 1/48th scale, both by Hasegawa. The aircraft on the right is the F-16C which was built between Nov '03 and March '04. 4.     The F-16C depicted is an aircraft of the 389th Fighter Squadron ("Thunderbolts") from Mountain Home AFB.  The ejection seat is a resin item from Verlinden and the kit is airbrushed in Xtracolour enamels. Sadly some of this paint peeled away for the masking tape and had to be re-applied. 5.     A close up of the traditional "nose-art" applied to aircraft 401 for the Afghanistan campaign. The legend reads "We'll Take It From Here" and depicts a US Marine taking the US flag from a Fire Man working at Ground Zero - the ill fated Twin Towers destroyed 11/9/2001.
Canopy framing is completely scratchbuilt using Verlinden items as templates Cockpit walls which are from Model Technologies Large number of mission markings JDAM under each wing
6.     The ladder is a kit item that was thinned down for greater scale effect before painting. The canopy framing is completely scratchbuilt using Verlinden items as templates. 7.     All the cockpit detail is scratchbuilt apart from the cockpit walls which are from Model Technologies. These are, however, very inaccurate and the Verlinden Items (used on the F-16A model) are far superior. 8.     Note the large number of mission markings worn by this machine. It was very busy during Operation "Enduring Freedom" where it dropped many "JDAM" GPS Guided bombs. 9.     The finished model is depicted with a JDAM under each wing. The fit of ASRAAM (Kit Items), on the wing tips, and the wing tanks is accurate for this theatre of operations. JDAMs are from Hasegawa's Weapon's Set D
Undercarriage super-detailing Exhaust nozzle is a Cutting Edge item Weathering is with oil pastel dust Verlinden's 'Lock On' book for the F-16
10.     A lot of effort went into the undercarriage super-detailing although all the work was done with items from the spares box. 11.     A nice view of the finished model. The exhaust nozzle is a Cutting Edge resin item covered in Bare Metal foil. 12.     A view of the underside including super-detailed undercarriage. Weathering is with oil pastel dust. 13.     Verlinden's 'Lock On' book for the F-16 was used for all the detail references.
Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16C Fighting Falcon USAF 389th Fighter Sqn. Op Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2001 Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16C Fighting Falcon USAF 389th Fighter Sqn. Op Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2001 Hasegawa 1/48th scale F-16C Fighting Falcon USAF 389th Fighter Sqn. Op Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2001  
14.     This photo is taken in daylight which gives everything its slightly washed out appearance that you observe when photographing the real thing. 15.     Pictured here in December 2004 the model is now mounted on its Display Base and has its Name Plate. All that is left is for the future Ground Equipment to be added... 16.     The Name Plate is a simple Brass one made by a local Key Cutting service.  

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