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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 04:23

How's everyone doing? Well, I know it's not the BEST representation of a model F-16, but I'm proud of it. Actually this is my first I've built. Eventually I'm going to build further aircraft from Aviano's 31st FW [88-0413 (510th Flagship), 89-2001 (31st FW Flagship), 89-2016 (16AF Flagship), 89-2035 (555th Flagship), 89-2049 (USAFE Flagship), and 89-2137 (31OG Flagship.) I was wondering could you all give me some feedback on this first I've built and some possible hints for my future aircraft? Much appreciated!
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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 08:13

Several of these are in our future lineup, incl 413 from '03 and current (with and without the buzzard head) 2137 from Balad earlier in the year and currently, and the 16th AF jet 89-016. Also have some stuff from the nickels coming out this year.

Outstanding looking piece!

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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 09:03

thanks for the comment...oh HEY! i just sent you an email regarding aviano decals (ronnie.harris@aviano.af.mil)...kind of ironic! yeah i was wondering if anyone was going to have any current decals (e.g. the MAJCOM badge on the tail)...sweet! do you cover the 1/72 scale or is it just 1/48 and 1/32?
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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 10:02

Looks like the Hase kit, yes? If so, you have nothing to be ashamed of! Unless it was the Italeri kit...:P
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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 12:14

yup...its the Hase kit...complete with no AOA probes...gotta love it! its pretty much a blk 50 with blk 40 markings *shrugs*...ehh for my next project ill actually find aftermarket blk 40 parts (the scab plates and the blk 40 HUD)...and some dang AOA probes...
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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 15:58

)...sweet! do you cover the 1/72 scale or is it just 1/48 and 1/32?


Sent you a reply....thanks for the note...man you could be a lifesaver! Oh yeah....add the crew names for the 16th AF jet in there....wiffed on that one as well.

We printed 1/32 on the first 2 sheets, and lost our a$$ on them, LOL!
We'll get back to it, and for sure with the Aviano jets, but not until we have a better reserve built up, and it isn't so critical that each sheet sells fairly quickly.

I was so happy that SOMEBODY at Aviano wrote me back, I totally wiffed on the fact that you are a 31st guy, not in the nickels.

Thanks again!
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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 17:24

tokenblkguy1785 wrote:yup...its the Hase kit...complete with no AOA probes...gotta love it! its pretty much a blk 50 with blk 40 markings *shrugs*...ehh for my next project ill actually find aftermarket blk 40 parts (the scab plates and the blk 40 HUD)...and some dang AOA probes...


Pin points are the easiest way to replicate the Alpha probes. Cut off the point, drill a small hole where they're supposed to go, and voi-la!
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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 18:44

Pin points are the easiest way to replicate the Alpha probes. Cut off the point, drill a small hole where they're supposed to go, and voi-la!


Yup, what Habu said. I did the same with mine and explained it a little in my "Work In Progress" thread here:

http://www.f-16.net/f-16_forum_viewtopi ... rt-15.html

Looks good!

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Unread post30 Dec 2005, 21:09

I gotta tell ya...I would have NEVER thought of that in a million years. Such an elegant solution, yet simple as pie.
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Unread post31 Dec 2005, 00:08

Yup! Just make sure they're regular, round head straight pins. They just happen to have the right conical shape. I've found that T-pins or pushpins are too thick in gauge, and have a bullet shape rather than the straight cone the Alpha probes really are.
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Unread post31 Dec 2005, 02:42

Is there a company (like eduard, for example) that makes the AOA probes in their photoetched kits? I could have sworn I've seen it somewhere...
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Unread post31 Dec 2005, 09:47

Is there a company (like eduard, for example) that makes the AOA probes in their photoetched kits? I could have sworn IAnd what's the best way to get rid of that god-awful seam right down the middle of Hasegawa's canopies?
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Unread post31 Dec 2005, 16:38

The canopy seam issue requires that you sand it off, then use some really fine grade sandpaper, like 1200 or finer, sand all the sanding you just did, then just polish it out with plastic polish....brasso works fine. Takes a little while, but looks great. I have a wizard plastic polishing set with paper going down to 8000 grit, but I've never used it that way. 1200, then just buffing it out has always worked just fine.
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Unread post02 Jan 2006, 22:50

tokenblkguy1785 wrote:Is there a company (like eduard, for example) that makes the AOA probes in their photoetched kits? I could have sworn IAnd what's the best way to get rid of that god-awful seam right down the middle of Hasegawa's canopies?


Nope, it was Fine Molds that had a turned aluminum version. They're actually quite nice. But $10 for a probe I can replicate with a pin...don't think so.

As was said, the seam is removed with snading and polishing. Well what I do is take the blade of my xacto, put it 90 degress to the seam and scrape it off first. Must be done gently of course. The on with the 1200, 3200, 4000, 6000, 800, 12000 polishing cloths, then Tamiya polishing compound, the Tamiya polishing wax. Then I dip it in Future.
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Unread post26 Jul 2013, 11:26

Nice Build...a very nice model. This is a nicely designed and would seem a better fit I must say that this is one of the best model. These are the rarer ones.I do find it quite interesting though that these pieces show up. Thanks for Sharing

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