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Italeri F-16D Flight Falcon – Part 4

Air intake

4 open panel on intake area fully scratch builded.

Some small inner equipments.

And after detail painting.

3 open panel at radar avionic sections fully scratch builded.

Painted and some details added.

And the results are acceptable.

Doors of radar avionics. Two of them are detailed kits parts and the other is scratch builded door.

All openable maintanence doors are ready. The only three of them is resin door from HADMODELS.

Resin radar used for radome inner from Eduard Resins. But it is also need some improvements.

And the view after some cable works.

Canopy locking mechanism detailed with little additions

All FOD covers are scratch builded on this models. Here examples of two photos.Intake Cover and chaf dispenser covers.

End of this section.

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 3

Fuselage Top

7 open panel added top of fuselage, 2 of them resin parts and remaining panels are scratch build.

I used resin M61A1 Canon bays.Options are HADMODELS and CMK KITS. But HADMODELS resin bay is much more accurate up to me.

Details has shown below.

Main view of open panels after cutting.

HADMODELS resin gun bay attached to fuselage. Open panel next behind of the gun bay is going to be Hydraulic A system reservoir bay.

I used HADMODELS resins for second and last resin panel for fuselage top is for Emergency Power Unit which is very nice detailed. Next open bay behind of the Emergency Power Unit is going to be Hydraulic B system reservoir.

Base of scratch build open panels builded with Evergreen plastic parts.

Some details added.

All open panels airbrushed with proper base colors.

The open bay in front of resin Emergengy Power Unit is for Hydrezine Tank.

Some pneumatic pipes and cabels added to Hydrezine tank bay and all parts started to paint.

Hydraulic B reservoir added and this bay detailed with addind lot of pipe and tubes. All scratch build.

Same scratch build process for Hydraulis A system.  The pictures are examples for only hydraulic reservoir before detailed.

And Hydraulic A bay after detailed.

Scratch build Hydrezine tank.

And Hydrezine tank in its place.

Gun bay detailed some cable work and resin ammunition.

In front of Hydrezine tank there is an avionic bay which is totaly scratch builded.

End of this section.

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 Scale – Part 1

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 Scale – Part 2

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 1

New beginning with Italeri 1/48 scale F-16D Fighting Falcon.

Extra detail set :

  • Aires resin cockpit set
  • Aires resin Wheel bays
  • Aires resin Exhaust Nozzle
  • CMK resin armament set
  • HAD Models resin exterior set

Plan is to make some maintanence and access panels scratch build as much as possible.

Planning open panels marked with red.

As first step resin wheel bays painted, weathered and detailed. Most diffcult resin wheel bay in my opinion because of very thin cable detail. Almost impossible to paint.

Here the results:

Nose wheel bay:

First open panel works:

8 panel at dorsal section of tail drilled first and inner area created with several plastic parts. Grey parts are kits parts and white parts evergreen plastic cutted proper shape for base inner detail.

Scratch builded parts so far are painted and weathered.

Various evergreen plastic rods added inside of spine holes.

Some of them painted in its place some of them outside.

Various metal wires added according to reference photos.

After last two pneumatic tube assembly where upper side of all other cables, first part of scratch build open panel job is completed with more than 80 extra parts.

Open panel lips are also created with evergreen parts.

Results after all scratch build work:

Next steps coming soon…




Model is Italeri, 1281 box number, 1/72 scale KC-135R/FR Stratotanker kit. Grey color plastic parts and engraved detailed panel lines. 2 piece fuselage, 2 part each wing and stabilizer. All these opposite parts (upper and lower wing or left and right fuselage) are not symmetric. I dont know this is special for this model or mold mistake but especially wing mounting impossible to make symmetric each wing, not possible mounting left and right wing symmetric to fuselage  and also give the dihedral angle. A lot of work need for this. Engine mounting to wing is also big problem. Engine pylons are not suitable to wing. There are really big gap between and you have very small area to make putty/sanding operation. Crew entry and cargo door can be open position. There are some detail in the fuselage but i did the cargo door closed. Cockpit is less detailed, instrument panel is decal. Not big problem, cockpit inside is mostly invisible because of the narrow cockpit windows. There are some gaps between clear parts and fuselage, eyebrow windows are most problem area in clear parts. Fitting main cockpit windows is mostly good. Nose gear bay has some detail but main landing gear bays are empty. Boom ruddervators has very small attach point so it is difficult to glue them and also you have to give special dehidral angle for boom ruddervators.


  • Some scratch build detail in the cockpit although difficult to see inside. Glareshield was detailed, engine fire switches added because they are visible from outside, thrust lever was added and seat belts. All added components are Evergreen plastic and seat belts are tamiya masking tape.
  • Landing gear bays were detailed with plastic and different size of wires.
  • Crew entry door was scratch build from evergreen plastic. Because no detail on the orijinal one.
  • Engine fan blades was built using evergreen plastic.
  • eyebrow, fuselage windows and boom operator windows were built with plexiglass plastic.
  • All big and small antennas are scratch build from plastic and cable antenna from fishing gut to make Turkish Air Force type KC-135. This antenna not included in the model.