Skunkmodels Workshop 1/48 F-16XL "WhIffer"

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Skunkmodels Workshop 1/48 F-16XL "WhIffer"

Joined: February 10th, 2004, 12:41 am

June 12th, 2018, 1:55 pm #1

What If the USAF had chosen the F-16XL instead of the F-15E or along with the F-15E ....and...What If the Ferris paint scheme was applied to the F-16XLs.....and....What If the Virginia Air Guard got the F-16XL instead of the F-16C when they gave up their A-7s in '91...and....What If those XLs had become well-worn after multiple deployments, including this one depicted towards the end of it's most recent deployment.

It started out as a fun build but became an ordeal. The kit is basically a kit-bash in a box with sprues from Kinetic's F-16 kit and sprues specifically for the F-16XL. In some areas, works ok, in some areas it takes a bit of work.  In a little bit of over-engineering, the vertical tail is composed of 12 pieces and the intake assembly is made up ofnearly that many pieces. Parts fit is excellent in some areas and not so good in others, biggest problem being the underside of wings with the upper fuselage leading edge wrapping around to the bottom fuselage. Large gaps, steps and lots of surface detail to protect while cleaning up the seams.  Surface detail runs from excellent in some areas to vague and nearly disappearing in others. Stores included in the kit are extensive with lots of options. While I installed all 16 underwing pylons, I only put stores on the front pylons. It's mostly out of the box. Three of the four AOA indicators were broken off and the remaining one was bent so I replaced them all with sewing needle points. Foil seat belts and PE buckles are the only items not out of the box. I used the kit decals, which are excellent, for the stencils. The VA ANG markings came from the '08 Virginia Beach IPMS nationals decal sheet, which also is excellent. Paints are Model Master enamels

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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 2:04 pm

June 12th, 2018, 4:15 pm #2

Very nice model. Looks like the aircraft is actually in service.
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Joined: June 28th, 2005, 12:03 am

June 12th, 2018, 5:26 pm #3

Great build and finish Chip. Neat project.

Frank
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Joined: October 25th, 2004, 1:51 pm

June 12th, 2018, 5:48 pm #4

Chip that looks awesome. I really like your camo idea. Total believable whiffer.



Brandon
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 13th, 2018, 1:02 am #5

Looks more like why not than what if. Yes, very believable.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: April 6th, 2017, 9:05 pm

June 13th, 2018, 1:21 am #6

Beautiful build and outstanding paint scheme Chip!! The weathering details are very excellent!! It looks very real.
Steve Cook 🙂
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Joined: February 26th, 2005, 11:25 pm

June 13th, 2018, 1:42 am #7

Very nice!!
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Joined: May 20th, 2013, 6:15 pm

June 13th, 2018, 3:07 am #8

That's just superb, Chip. Really nice.
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Joined: April 6th, 2009, 10:13 am

June 13th, 2018, 8:31 am #9

Wonderful model

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Joined: May 11th, 2005, 3:20 pm

June 13th, 2018, 10:19 am #10

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNICE !
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