Iíve been building kits on and off for more years than I want to remember. Iíve just never gotten very good at it. I donít seem to finish very many either (real life interferes more often than frustration). So maybe this build log is a way to get a little better and finish something.
I pulled the Kitech (Zhengdefu?) F-16 out of the stash. No great loss if I trash it in the process, $4.95 price sticker on it, and lotís of better F-16ís out there anyway. And, the F-16 has a warm spot in my heart; my first job out of college was designing support equipment for it. So itís got a lot going for it here.
My general plan is to go thru whatís in the box, kind of an in the box review. Then start building, fixing stuff and getting it done (I hope).
Hereís the box:
Simple side opening box, makes it hard to store stuff once you get started. I noticed that they describe it as a ďU.S. Air Force TrainerĒ. Their newer boxings of the F-16C and D retain this description. I think I saw their F-14 listed as a ďU.S. Navy TrainerĒ. Not sure what theyíre trying to tell us.
3 sprues; two in light gray, one clear, 3 page instruction sheet and decals for two versions. One is a bird out of Ramstein AFB in í85 and the other from the F-16C roll-out in 1984. No markings for the SCANG plane on the box.
Unfortunately none of the markings is for an F-16A. According to F-16.net, all three are F-16Cís from block 25C. (Grrrr looks like I have my first change and I havenít even shown the sprues.) Well, Iím sticking with the title since thatís whatís on the box.
Blundering on, here are the sprues:
Parts are molded in a light gray; parts took Ďpebblyí but feel smooth. Wonít know the real story Ďtil I try to paint it. The fuselage is split top and bottom, should simplify the seams. Sharp eyed observers will note that the top half of the fuselage has openings for 2 cockpits, there is a 2 seat cockpit, two ejection seats and the ďYĒ yoke for the 2 place canopy. Sadly there is only one pilot figure and only a 1 place canopy. Different rear cockpit fairings (1 vs. 2 seats) are also included. There are two tail cones; I assume one is for the GE F110 engines. I canít tell if itís a large mouth intake, so the GE tail cone may be inaccurate for this fuselage.
The wings are molded in one piece per side, Iím afraid that this could cause sinks, I donít see any, but the paint will tell. The intake is molded in 4 pieces, an inner shell, a support and left / right outer sides. There might be some filling and sanding in my future. Cockpit detail is sparse, thereís a tub, ejection seat, something that might be a side stick controller and an oddly shaped part that attempts to incorporate the front panel with the EO display. No throttle, or instrument faces.
The clear sprue has the 2 canopy parts, with the front framing molded in. There is also a clear part for the HUD unit. A quick fit of the canopy to the fuselage reveals that the instrument cover is too tall and keeps the canopy from sitting flush with the fuselage. Since thereís a decent representation of the boarding ladder I might try to pose the canopy open. That means Iíll have to figure out how to spruce up the cockpit.
Let me figure out how to get this uploaded and Iíll start on the cockpit next.
Feel free to ask questions, cause I'm going to be asking a few as I go along.