Hard to miss F-16

Jakko

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My Royal Netherlands Air Force demo team F-16 is now finished:

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I sprayed semi-gloss varnish over the model to seal in the decals and tone down the high gloss orange a bit.

The model is suspended from two steel rods in the smoke pods, which I painted white and then covered in PVA glue and cotton wool to replicate the smoke coming from the pods on the wingtips.

Here’s the whole display stand:

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This is a 50 by 15 cm piece of perspex, bent at a 90 degree angle to give a horizontal bit of about 30 cm long, and two holes drilled for the steel rods (actually, those were added before bending). Bending the material was quite easy with a hot-air gun and a piece of wood held in a vice: I had first marked out where to bend, then heated that up as evenly as I could, and when it seemed bendy enough, I carefully pushed the free (short) end down over the edge of the wood.
 

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Hi Jakko
Well that is a great and very inventive way to display it. I know you still have reservations about the paint job but it actually looks good so well done. I'd be happy with it.
Jim
 

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Thanks, guys. I wanted a way to show the lion the correct way up, and though I at first thought of using the same method as on my Lightning F.6 (a perspex rod up the tailpipe), the F-16’s exhaust is far bigger and it would probably end up looking too thick. Happily, the steel rods seem to be enough to support the model — though it remains to be seen if the glue between the smoke pods and the wings will hold up :smiling3:
 

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Looks very good Jakko. You need to be very proud of the work
 

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Great job , love the display , excellent idea . Its been a good watch and you should be well chuffed with the finished model , cheers tony
 

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Stunning method of display Jakko, and a beautiful piece of work, well done.
 

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Although you had your doubts about the orange paint, when finished it looks very nice Jakko. :smiling: :thumb2:

Fantastic idea and execution for the display:surprised:, hopefully the KLu will use a similar scheme for the Viper in this year’s Luchtmachtdagen (Airforcedays for the non Dutch) probably not…:sad-face:
 

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Jakko,
The build looks great and a very neat way of displaying it.
 

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Although you had your doubts about the orange paint, when finished it looks very nice Jakko. :smiling: :thumb2:
I agree it looks nice — I just think it doesn’t look correct :smiling3:

Fantastic idea and execution for the display:surprised:
Thanks, and you too, Paul :smiling3:

hopefully the KLu will use a similar scheme for the Viper in this year’s Luchtmachtdagen (Airforcedays for the non Dutch) probably not…:sad-face:
Do they even still have a demo team? I thought I’d heard something about it being disbanded a few years ago.
 

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That's one colourful F-16 Jakko. Awesome paint work, the display smoke brings the model to life and it is very well posed and photographed.
 

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Great job and nice to see an aircraft in flight.
 

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Top stuff. Both the build/paint & the display. PaulE
 

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Cheers, guys :smiling3: I kind of like aircraft models in flight too, I find they often look better that way than on the ground. Now I wonder what I’ll do with my next one …
 
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