1/72 Hasegawa F-16C

Texas ANG 

by Burt Gustafson

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Sept 11 Anniversary 2008

 

For your viewing pleasure, here is my 1/72 scale Hasegawa F-16C. The model depicts aircraft # 84274 of the Texas ANG, 147th Fighter Wing, 111st Ace-In-The Hole Fighter Squadron. Throughout its 90 year history, the 147th FW has an impressive list of achievements and a long list of distinguished alumni that includes the current President of the United States, The Honorable George W. Bush.

On the morning of 11 September 2001, four 147th FW aircraft escorted the President, the former 147th FIG pilot George W. Bush, on board Air Force 1, from Florida to Louisiana, to Nebraska, and finally back to Washington DC that same day.

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CONSTRUCTION:

Construction of the kit was pretty straight forward and mostly out of the box except for the ejection seat and the missiles. The ejection seat is an ACES II seat from True details and fit nicely into the cockpit assembly. Because I used an after market ejection seat, I went with an open canopy. I used AIM 9L and AIM 120 AMRAAM missiles from the Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons III kit to configure the model for Air Defense Combat Air Patrol Missions.

PAINTING:

I airbrushed the model for a factory fresh paint job using Testors Model Master enamels (FS36118, FS36270, FS36320, and FS36375). For the wheel wells and landing gear assemblies I use Floquil Reefer White. I used a couple of coats of Future to prepare for the decals and a mixture of Model Master Semi-Gloss and Flat Clear Lacquer Finish for the finish.

DECALS:

For the model decals I used the kit decals which are excellent. They are printed well, easily placed on the model, and snug down to the model surface nicely.

Overall the kit is of good quality, good detail, well engineered, and enjoyable to build.

Burt

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Photos and text by Burt Gustafson 2008