1/72 Academy F-16 CJ/CG block40/50 !!! Am i the 1st!? Am i the 1st!? hot off the factory and hot on m
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:19 PM
on to the pics!
contents of a fresh box.
the sprue layout is simple, 2 frames of weapons and 1 for the airframe and another for the wings.
decal sheet from cartograf is simply worth the kit itself. wolfpack and 79th tiger are the highlights.
the clear canopy comes tinted, but unfortunately has a seam line running straight down the middle ala hasegawa. this makes repairing the sanded down canopy difficult as one has to still match the smoke tint after.
overall, the kit is packed with details, and the weapons and decals make it worth every dollar. i am still building the kit as i speak.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:20 PM
a darker shade for the GE nozzle plug. should be black i realised.
afterburner interior before and after
GE nozzle interior sprayed white, using same technique for my f-14Ds
cockpit is sprayed grey
there is a sink mark on the side of the instrument panel. shouldnt be able to see it once assembled
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:24 PM
tub and side panels installed into upper fuselage
note to future builders there is a ejector pin mark right where the CRT display goes. it is at an almost impossible angle to remove with blades( i slid in from the aft, and slowly saw away thin layers)
the intake subassembly is very snug, relying on precision of fit for everything to go together instead of mating pinholes. it is Definitely LESS FIDDLY THAN the HASEGAWA intake subassembly.
the main wheel bays have also been attached to the underside fuselage. this is similiar to 1/48 and 1/32 scale f-16s, there is no current 72 that produces the entire chunk not already attached or partially attached to the lower or upper fusleage( eg your hase, fujimi, italeri blah blah)
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:25 PM
from the sprue, i found the 4 blade IFF for MLUs, E/Fs and blk 50s+ surprisingly, none of the kit's decal markings have planes which mount the IFF, leading me to the conclusion that academy has another version / release of this kit soon.
the block of plastic is not the best fit still, requiring some sanding to the bottom, as shown above, and when attached to the plane, still leaves a very fine seam that could pass off as a panel line.
cannon muzzle is attached
overall main airframe is completed
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:26 PM
the academy kit provides updated pylon structures for the outboard stations such as the Towed decoy system, as well as regular. it offers it as seperate so you can build whichever version u wish.
the mid wing pylon is similiar, in giving an accurate diamond base for late block f-16scjs
all pylons prepared
the alq-88 comes with the nose seperate
the lantirn and the aaq13, quickly done. hasegawa is better looking shapewise, the academy looks too fat and long for both pods. (but maybe i'm too used to lantirn pods from hase)
the pod and rack are attached by a massive gorge, not unlike hasegawa's weapon set version
a set of HARMS. at long last somebody makes a correctly shaped nose for the Harm in 1/72.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:28 PM
the tanks are assemble. some putty and sanding is needed to smooth out the seam lines.
at the same time i also smoothed out the seam line at the tail area
now to the tail and the housing. academy provides both short and long tails, and if u notice, there are 2 pinholes on the extended housing.
and those pinholes are for another part on the sprue, part e-25 on the weapons frame, a seemingly insignificant long chunk of plastic
but , put them together and you have the tail housing for greek, polish, uae, late block C and Es. this confirms my suspiscion that there is going to be a rebox of this kit with probably a new sprue for pratt and whitney nozzles and NSI intakes to make use of these 2 pieces. and from there we can build blk 25 onto blk 52 from the box.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:29 PM
1 huge seam down the middle, similiar to those who have built hasegaw's kit before
sand down with 600 and then 1000 sandpaper
then wet sand with 2000 sandpaper
and polish using cotton pad and tamiya polishing compound
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:31 PM
the nose is sprayed in dark grey
and once dried it is masked. the irritating spike on the f-16's radomes prevent proper masking, but i used tamiya tape and poked right through. this is because later i can handpaint the thing
and the rest of the airframe preshaded
as well as the fuel tanks
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:32 PM
here the basecoat is h-367, pearl harbour blue. to give a bluish intone to the later colour
aegean blue proper
build up the tone with mutiple shades of aegean, by increasing white density
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:34 PM
first, the wraparound near the center fuselage was masked and sprayed
followed by wings
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:45 PM
and the fuel tanks in gunze h-307
and the harm adaptors
amraam heads were then dried and masked, and gunze h-308 was sprayed to the whole body, along with the aim-9s
ejection seat is assembled. the details are better than hasegawa, though it doesnt compare to resin seats, still looks decent, and seat belts are moulded on too.
aim9 head masked and prepared for black spray
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:49 PM
my aim was to create a subtle shading around each panel to contrast the lighter spots within.
exhaust interior also recieved enamel wash and streaking of smoke stains
Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:55 PM
a gloss coat is given, tamiya acrylic clear, to prepare for enamel wash and decals. notice how the tonal shades darken when the clear coat is applied. i took note of this many a time, and deliberately shaded my greek camos slightly lighter in the earlier photos.
here is before the clear coat
here is after the clear coat
thin sludge of enamel given. it flows very nicely along the clear surface into the rivets that academy has provided on this kit.
and the excess is removed with cotton buds dipped in enamel thinner. tamiya enamels does not react with tamiya acrylic, so i am safe.
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