I picked up this kit when I first
got back into modelling a few years ago after a 20 year layoff for my career,
model trains, marriage etc.. The highlight of the kit are it's extremely fine and
crisp recessed panel lines and crystal clear canopy.
Luckily I was
able to strip off the primer with a soak in Pinesol and a scrub with a
toothbrush under hot running water. I sanded the entire kit with a 3M Microfine
sanding sponge thinking that the primer needed a little "tooth" to
adhere to. My second attempt worked better, with the primer sticking to the
plastic. For the 3 tones of grey I used Polyscale acrylic paint, lightened with
white for the scale effect, which airbrushed very
well at 35 lbs. I used Tamiya masking tape and Post It notes for the masking. A
light sanding and a couple coats of Future gave the model a glossy finish
suitable for decaling. I did not glue the air inlet to the model until after the
painting was done.
I attempted to tint the canopy using Future and food colouring. I failed miserably, so into the Pinesol went the canopy. I will have to try other techniques to get a good canopy tint in the future (no pun intended).
Prior to flat coating the F-16, I ran a wash of lighter fluid and artist's oil
paint into the recessed panel lines. The excess wash was removed by lightly
sanding with the 3m Microfine sanding sponge. I also used the wash on the
landing gear and wheel well areas to bring out the nice detail.
Photos and text © by Don Weixl