by John Chung
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I have wanted an Israeli something in my display
case for a very long time now. Anything. Anything that carried the IDF/AFís
signature camouflage pattern, which is simply so distinctively colorful
compared with many of its western (namely American) counterparts.
Besides, building something other than grey-on-grey
jet seemed exciting enough, not that I donít like grey, I just donít
mind being a bit adventurous. I can hear many a chuckle and head nodding
from the prop builders at the moment.
I started this kit with the intention to build it
out of the box, which only went as far as taking the parts out of the
Revellís 1/72 F-16 series was and still is a welcomed addition to the
Viper family in the scale, superceding the much older Hasegawa F-16
family. Many has been said about the new Revell rendition of this
popular electric jet, so I wonít delve into it further other than to say
it is probably one of the best kits available in terms of balance
between detail and value. The only notable issues I encountered were the
slightly tricky intake assembly and the ill-fitting radome. The thick
and distortion-plagued canopy was a bit of an annoyance too.
Besides the basic kit, I elected to introduce the following additions.
In the cockpit the forward instrument coaming was elevated and a new HUD
was added. The seats were dressed with lap belts, ejection handles, and
some detailing and reshaping of the parachute box. I also added the
handles on the canopy framing with stretched sprue, and the pressure
seal around the cockpit was done with electrical tape.
The main undercarriage bay had scratch built
plumbing and wiring, and more wiring were added to the main and nose
gear struts. The trailing edge flaps were dropped. Various antennas
specific to Netz II aircraft were added on the dorsal hump as well as
the intake chin locations. And lastly, AOA probes on the nose and static
discharge wicks on the trailing edges of the wings, vertical and
horizontals were added.
For every aircraft type there is always something in a model that I
canít afford to leave off. Personally, a decent looking nozzle is a must
have for any PW-engined F-16 model, and sadly, the kit part is somewhat
weak. I chose to use the Aires 1/72 F-15 exhausts and scratch built the
feathers, which worked out better than I expected.
I elected to include blue AIM-9D and Mk.84 training rounds on the
wingtip and center wing stations, respectively. The Sidewinders were
modified kit parts with new fins, and the Mk.84 was taken from the
Hasegawa weapons set and had the fins thinned considerably. The inboard
wing stations were occupied with 600 gal tanks from Hasegawaís 1/72 F-2
kits, and the outboard wing stations were modified to appear with the
missile adaptors installed, only without the rails. The centerline tank
was from the kit. I also wanted to include the Pave Penny targeting pod
commonly seen on many IDF/AF Netz and Netz II aircrafts, and since none
are available to my knowledge, I scratch built it.
Markings and Base
were custom mixed acrylics using Gunze and Tamiya paint lines for the
yellow and brown.
The green was Model Master enamel Sky type ĎSí and the lower fuselage
grey was again Gunze acrylic.
IsraDecal IAF-48 F-16A/B sheet was used which went on relatively well
except it didnít react as well to settling solutions as well as hoped
and silvered at several locations. Iím sure it must have just been me
since IsraDecals are typically of really high quality.
Well there you go, Iím glad to finally have something Israeli on my
display case. And perhaps next time Iíll try a bit harder towards that
out of the box goal.
Much thanks to Yoav Efrati of IPMS/IL for his kind assistance in
providing pointers and references for Israeli F-16s.
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