Category Archives: Open Panel

F-16D Fighting Falcon- Chapter 3

Some detail photos of right side of F-16D. Fuselage bottom photos are going to publish later.

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F-16D Fighting Falcon- Chapter 1

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon 1/48 – Main Fuselage Details

Kınetic reboxed by Italeri F-16D kit is completed after 5 month works. Kit converted Block 50+  with some additions from Hasegawa F-16 Block 52+.

Livery is for F-16D Block 50+ from 161.squadron 6.Main Jet Base – Bandırma.

This kit is builded to show some scratch build open panel works.

24 scratch build, 8 resin, total 32 open panel builded in 1/48 scale.

The other additions are:

  • Resin cockpit and seats.
  • Resin wheel bays and tires.
  • Resin exhaust nozzle.
  • Resin weapons.
  • Resin Sniper pod.
  • Some photoetch additions like Remove Before Flags.
  • Scratch build FOD covers.

Detailed building phases published in IN PROGRESS section.

This section is for main kits look after finish.Detailed open panel pictures are going to publish later.

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End of this section.

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…