1/144 Revell F-16C and F.3 ADV
Article by Daniel Butcher
These are my two latest projects,
both from Revell in the 1/144 scale; a
USAF F-16C and a RAF Tornado F.3 ADV, the air-to-air fighters for the UK and USA
Both kits are nicely detailed, especially the Tornado, the panel lines are
great, lovely paint scheme, swing-wings and the parts fit very nicely
indeed. Only one area was a problem, putting the gear doors in the closed
position. The F-16 has some nice panel lines also.
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Both kits come with an array of armament, including fuel tanks aswell as sparrow and sidewinder missiles. I chose to only use fuel tanks on the F-16, I prefer my models this way. The fuel tanks on the Tornado were quite large and restricted the movement of the swing-wing, so I opted for no stores of any kind.
One area of warning for the F-16 kit though. The kit comes with two tails, and the instruction sheet tells you to use part D5, and ignore part F1. So I followed the instructions and finished the kit. At which point I looked at
some photos of the real article and found that the correct tail is part F1 that they tell you not to use!
I painted with the usual Humbrol paints, weathered with watercolours and used microset to fasten the decals. Both matt and gloss varnish were Humbrol as well.
little tip for weathering that I found out, instead of using tissues and Q-tips
to wipe off the excess watercolours (as can be seen on the F-16) use your finger
to wipe away the paints. This is how I weathered the Tornado and the difference
is clear to see.
Both exhausts were weathered with a light brown, dark brown and black, and
cannon fire stains were both done in dark brown.
The stands I mounted them on were from some 1/144 kits I had many years ago,
purchased cheaply from a £1 shop! I found them lying in a box so I decided to
put them to use! I also moved the tailerons on the Tornado to coincide with the
fact the stand has the nose pointing up.