F-16C 87-0222 2005 Grave Digger
Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:27 PM
I'm building aircraft #87-0222 as in 2005 when it wore the nose art Grave Digger
Started on this last week. I had a wip in the in-progress forum going so I'm going to copy what I did already here.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:35 PM
Starting out I printed out The F-16C block 30 diagram from the great F-16 thread in the jets forum. First thing I noticed is that the 2 additional chaff dispensers are not present.
So I penciled it in...
Drilled a couple holes with the pin-vice, cut out the rest of the plastic, sanded smooth, and added some PE mesh I found in spares...
Finally covered the back a blank piece of PE metal. Then cut a spare piece of plastic and fit to separate them.
I think I may cutout the existing chaff dispensers and redo them in this method so it's uniform. What do you think?
Remember, if Kris can scratch, you can scratch.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:35 PM
Aires bays installed.
Cockpit painted base color. Will detail paint here shortly. Just using kit cockpit since I have the resin covered seat to install.
My interpretation of the strengthening plates by the tail.
I feel the right side (top) is perfect but the left (bottom) I tried 3-4 times with many a cut finger and frustration so I said it was good enough. Hopefully will blend nicely with paint.
Once the cockpit's painted I can join everything up. The wings were already glued by the previous owner. A member on here who I can't remember their name. So it's going to be a quick transition from build to paint I'm hoping.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:05 PM
The quick pit painting guide.
Airbrushed the grey then brush painted the black and dry brushed the detail. Easy-peasy.
And since that was done the fuselage could be closed up!
Wings will be next after some minor sanding. Then I have to make the wing strengthening plates but I think they'll be easier.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:03 PM
Used clear plastic to cut the wing plates from. They don't look as crisp because there's pencil all over the wings where I penciled in where they would go and the size. Will look better after primer.
Painted the seat cover.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:24 PM
Here's where she is now
Been fighting with the exhaust cover piece today. I probably butchered the install so it's my fault but I couldn't see to figure out how you're supposed to attach it. So I went and cut up the extra exhaust can in the kit and attached that to the rear. Hopefully my it's good enough it will snug in tightly. If not I can sand it more.
Here's what I'm talking about there
Not long and shell be ready for paint. I'll probably make sure Sunday I have all the requirements and then go from there.
I think this bird had a tinted canopy but clear glass behind the canopy. Not sure what the smaller glass piece is called behind the seat. Is that normal or would they both be tinted? Only pics I have of the actual jet it's hard to tell.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:28 PM
Can't help you aswering that, but I do have seen Vipers with eigther a clear piece behind and tinted canopy, and vice versa... Only thing I can say is check your references.
So far the jet looks very nice, I'm looking forward to see the paint job on it! The pit looks very clean I must say!
Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:13 PM
Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:26 PM
I'm going to put that decal on the rear deck today then get the canopies masked and fixed on. I'll probably have the main canopy open but for painting I tack glue them on to get everything uniform. After that It''l be time for primer.
Busy weekend ahead so probably no actual paint till next week.
Edit: forgot the Future dip so canopies have been dipped. Will then mask in a few days and get primer on by end of week.
Decal went on nicely.
Gonna work on the tanks and such.
This post has been edited by Bigasshammm: 07 May 2012 - 01:45 PM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:39 PM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:40 PM
Thanks for the info.
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