1/48 Tamiya F-16C Aggressor - Blizzard of 69

Gallery Article by Michael Phillips on Mar 14 2018

 

      

I am back once again with another of my creations, the 1/48 Tamiya F-16C "Blizzard" Aggressor. This is my first time building the 1/48 Tamiya F-16, and it is indeed very nice, although not quite on the level of their new F-14A, but close. This is built from the Aggressor boxing and is a Block 32 Viper.

I used some aftermarket on this one, including my first full resin cockpit (Aires). I was a bit worried about making it fit, as I have heard horror stories about Aires pits and fitting them. But this must have been one of their better efforts as it was not as bad as I was expecting. I also used Steel Beach masks for the camo, and I definitely recommend them, as I would never have attempted this scheme without them. Even so, it was a bit tricky to apply, based on the complex shape of the F-16 (especially around the intakes) and the somewhat rigid vinyl (not as pliable as masking tape). But I had no problems at all with them pulling any paint up, which was good. I used Afterburner Decals "64th Aggressors" sheet for this, which I luckily found for sale at the 2016 IPMS Cleveland Model Show for $10. Quite a steal for such a rare sheet! These were fantastic, as one would expect from a Cartograf printed sheet. To round out the aftermarket used, I added the Master Pitot and AOAs.

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The static dissipators are actually made from toothbrush bristles, a tip which I found here in these forums. I wish I could remember who it was so I could give them credit.

I did make a couple of errors that I did not fix, the most glaring is the fact I added the intake chin pods per the Tamiya instructions for a block 32 Aggressor, however my reference shows that they were not used on the Blizzard Viper. By the time I realized my error, I had already painted and weathered the model. With the complicated camo scheme, I decided to leave it as is instead of ripping them off and trying to fix the paint.

This was also my first time using MrPaint. This stuff sprays like an absolute dream. A bit stinky though. I will probably start using this more and more, even though I really have no issues with Gunze Aqueous (except their Insignia White, which I have lots of problems with LOL) or Tamiya. The MrPaint International Blue looked a little too "dirty" for my taste, so I ended up using some ModelMaster International Blue that I picked up for free at one of my IPMS John Glenn meetings. Someone left a few random bottles of ModelMaster for anyone to take, and I just happened to luck out that one of them was a color I could (and did!) use. 

Here is what I used on this build:

 

Kit: 1/48 Tamiya F-16C "Aggressors" boxing

Decals: Afterburner "64th Aggressors"

Aftermarket: Aires F-16C Aggressor Cockpit set, Master Pitot and AOA, Steel Beach "Blizzard" mask set

Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base),  ModelMaster FS35109 International Blue, MrPaint FS 36270 Neutral Gray, FS 36251 Agressor Gray, and FS 36628 White Gray, Tamiya Rubber Black and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Airframe Aluminum, Aluminum, and Gold Titanium, Jet Exhaust. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Homemade black oil panel wash.

 

This model took first place at the 2017 IPMS Cleveland Model Show in the "1/48 Single Engine Jet" category. I was pretty stoked to get my very first top finish!

Michael Phillips

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Photos and text by Michael Phillips