1/12 Italeri F16 Falcon Cockpit – Build Log

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Having recently had a blast building the cockpit for my 1/32 Hunter I decided to grab this little beauty from my local. Doubly ace – it was at a sale price 🙂

The cockpit looks to be from the F16A – Block 10, the instructions don’t say. It’s a shame it wasn’t a later version with MFD’s but that’s a really minor criticism as this is a great kit…

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The clear parts are already smoked, including the visor for the supplied bone-dome lid. It’s a shame this wasn’t an F14 cockpit or I could have done the helmet in “Maverick” livery, does anyone know any famous Viper pilots? 😉

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The base is black and functional… I’ve seen someone else online do this up with a marbled effect and it looks awesome. I’m not sure whether to try to copy that idea or think of something else…

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I’ve seen fewer instructions in some aeroplane kits!

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Plenty of decals, a length of rubber hose and some sticky fabric seat belts/harnesses…

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I couldn’t wait to get going on this one so I started doing a bit of basic assembly and dry fitting to see how it all goes together.

Here the two seat halves and the seat underside have been glued. This is a big seat  – have put it next to a 20p piece for an idea of scale. Sorry if you’re not from the UK – I’ll put it next to something more universal later 🙂

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Given the sheer size of the seat and that the frame is quite square, it is also quite flimsy and can be easily distorted out of shape. The instructions say to fit the seat front first, but I decided to fit the back first as it’s the more complex shape and will hold everything square once fitted.

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After that the seat bottom was glued in…

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And a quick assembly of the seat rails. There are some ejector pin marks here that will need a bit of PPP (Perfect Plastic Putty)…

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And a dry fit of the seat and tub…

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As promised here’s a shot of the cockpit alongside something that should be recognisable to all, it will be getting a coat of that soon…

The main reason I wanted to go for the dry fit was to see which parts of the seat would be visible. There are quite a few ejector pin marks inside so doing this gives a good indication of which ones will be seen (from the rear) and which ones wont.

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Next job, filler and paint 🙂

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11 comments on “1/12 Italeri F16 Falcon Cockpit – Build Log
  1. Bull says:

    Where is the rest of this build log?

    • Richard says:

      Hi Bull, this one has been on the shelf of doom for a while now so progress has stalled.

      I hope to be picking it up again in the next few weeks though.

  2. Bull says:

    Know the feeling.
    Looking forward to the rest of this log.
    Building the original ESCI F-16A cockpit at this moment, so some comparison is always nice.
    Your build looks very nice.

  3. Bull says:

    1/12.
    Same model as yours. First manufacturer was Esci, later on Italeri.
    Wanted this model since I was a kid. Just bought it recently on eBay.

  4. Kevin says:

    Thank you, somehow I’d never heard of the wet palette. You have made my acrylic day.

    PS – your human captcha is a PITA – I said F16 and it said not. Lets see if this gets through – no, it doesn’t like the blog post title either. Give us a clue for pete’s sake. Not “aircraft”. Making Models? – errr nope! “Models”?

    • Richard says:

      Thanks for the comment Kevin, glad you stuck with it 😉

      Appreciate the feedback on the Captcha – I was getting bogged down with automated spam bots a while ago and was spending significant time deleting stuff each day. Have relaxed the settings so hopefully other fellow humans will have an easier time of it.

  5. William G says:

    Outstanding work.
    I have the kit in my stash, started building it in 1987, then put it away.
    Since I used to work on the F-16 I am a bit of a perfectionist, and I cant let it go without correcting and updating the details to match the jets I worked on.
    But that’s me.
    I admire your attention to detail as well as your tenacity in the build and am looking forward to the completion.

    • Richard says:

      Thanks William. Great to hear from an actual Viper tech!

      I’ve actually got the F-16 cockpit back on the bench in the past few days so the final build log update shouldn’t be too far off now.

      Have a few bits left to paint, a bit of mild weathering to do and at that point I’m just waiting for a part for the base. I’ve decided that for the base I want to put the cockpit on a metal diamond plate (checker plate) so I’ve got a 1/16 styrene sheet of it in the post. When that arrives I should be pretty much ready to wrap it up.

  6. Richard says:

    She’s all finished now – final reveal photos are here – http://www.makingmodels.co.uk/completed-builds/112-italeri-f-16a-falcon-cockpit/

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