1/144 Academy F-16C

Gallery Article by S K Loh on Mar 7 2016



1/144 Academy F-16A converted into Hellenic F-16C

This is yet another 1/144 F-16A kit from Academy that I used to convert to a later variant with my own self-made markings . This time I have converted it to a Hellenic Air Force F-16C from 341SQN “Arrows” with a special 60th anniversary scheme tail art after having seen a build by George Athanasiadis in 1/32 on ARC. I was quite impressed by the Aegean colour scheme of HAF F-16s. I shall dispense with the details of the built which is quite standard by now. Photos #3, #4 and #5 says it all. 

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Photo 3

Photo 4

Photo 5

I had to rescribe some of the panel lines to help accentuate the weathering later. I mixed my own colours for the unique HAF 3-tone grey wrap around camouflage using Tamiya and Mr Hobby acrylics and airbrushed them freehand. A coat of gloss was applied before application of the decals. This was followed by another coat of gloss. I applied pretty heavy weathering on the surfaces as this is an operational bird. Then I applied a two coats of flat for the finish. I applied Mr Metal Aluminium and buffed it up for the burner can.

I was quite satisfied with the finish. I would like to express my special thanks to George Athanasiadis for kindly sending me photos of the tail art to enable me to create the decals and complete my build. Enjoy the photos!

S K Loh

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Photos and text © by S K Loh