1/72 Revell General Dynamics F-16A MLU

by Eric Bade

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ASSEMBLY 

Revell Germany released a very good little kit in the form of the F16 MLU. It compares favorably with the Hasegawa kit, which until now was the best F16 series in 1/72nd scale.  

Kit was built virtually out of the box. The only added part is the ejection seat which is a True Details Aces 2 seat. It is on the small side but this depicts correctly the tight fit of the seat which is installed in a low and reclined position in actual aircraft.  

Other cockpit parts are used with a few additions of scrap plastic. I added a throttle and the strange canopy locking device painted in yellow on the left side, and joystick and armrest on the right side. 

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Jet intake assembly was positioned and cemented with care as it's the only part of the kit that needs adjusting. 

Construction was straightforward and puttying and filling are kept to a minimum. 

PAINTING 

I elected to build a Belgian machine. Colors are the F16 standard scheme consisting of FS36375, FS36270 and FS36118. I used Gunze paint and added 20% of white in all colors just because of scale effect. Some panels were painted in lightly lighter or darker shades of the surrounding camo color. Nose cone received a medium mix of FS36118 and FS36270. You need not be extremely precise here as nose cone color varies with time and conditions.

Panels are enhanced using a wash of brown and grey artist oil paints.

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Canopy is tinted with a mix of Gunze translucent colors mixing amber (orange) and smoke (black). This mix is well thinned and lightly sprayed. 

I did not use kit decals which are well designed (by the DACO team) but are printed on a matt film that made me fear silvering. I used a DACO/ASTRA original sheet. They are very well designed, very sharp and complete and adhere easily. Of course the usual gloss coating/decaling/matt coating process was used.  Small details, gear doors and pylons where then added to finish this very sharp little gem.

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Eric

Photos and text by Eric Bade