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General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 'Viper'.
Venezuelan F-16A by Eric Sujecki of the Victorian Hobby Centre , using the Hasegawa F-16A+ kit and improvised decals.
Pakistani F-16A by Omer Erkmen , using the Hasegawa F-16A+ kit, a True Details resin seat, and custom screen printed decals for the warning stencilling, serials, and tail flash. National insignia roundels were airbrushed using stencil masking. Walkways were masked using 3M tape. Note the impressive weathering of the paint finish and the detail in the cockpit.
Omer writes: "This F-16A was flown by Flight Lieutenant Khalid of No. 14 Squadron when he scored the third of his three aerial victories. He used an AIM-9L to pick off a single Afghan Air Force Su-22 (flown by a Cpt. Hashim) which failed to turn back over the border with the rest of the formation.
I was so tired of seeing the regular Hill scheme, so I decided to start a new series of F-16s having a camouflage other than the Hill scheme. Pakistanís scheme was my first choice. After a long search I concluded that no company was producing decals for Pakistan (since remedied by Zotz), so I decided to make my own. The eye catching part is painting. The Pakistani aircraft have a unique camouflage with a central band and small patches of the tailplanes in gunship grey (36118) , over medium grey (36270).
I started painting with enamels. First, I started with lightest shade of base color, and then continue painting with darker shades of the same color. After drying, I sanded the surface with ultra fine sandpaper (over 2000 grit). As you sand more, you reach different shade layers. After sanding, I airbrushed panels with acrylic paints again. This time only for shading, around or in the middle of panels with various shades. After a gloss coat, I applied the decals, and then a heavy coat of matt varnish. To emphasise the panel lines, I used dry pastels with a common wash style. Finally, a thin layer of flat varnish for protecting the pastels..."
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