I finished it in April of '94, so specifics are a bit hazy. I started with the ESCI Kfir kit, which may have represented a prototype -- there were LOTS of detail differences between it and F-21s. The decals came from Mirage sheets, the Kfir logo from a Testors 1/72nd F-21, I think, the VF-43 badge from a Microscale A-4 sheet, and all those red and white stripes from solid decal stock. I DO remember the stripes, and how I wondered if they would ever end.
I also remember I had every intention of making this the subuject of a FSM article. This was in the days they used B/W photos, and my processing lab (not sharp on their black & white procedure, I assume?) botched one of the two rolls of in-progress shots I'd taken -- leaving me with not enough pictures to do a decent piece. I was not about to repeat building one of these just for some photos.
The indispensible piece of reference for the project was Osprey's Superbase 9, Yuma.
Photos and text © by Pat Hawkey