1/12 Italeri F16 Falcon Cockpit – Build Log

25th March 2014

One thing I’m finding with this kit is that it is taking quite a lot of preparation before the paint can go down. I think the main reason is that a lot of the parts can be seen from both sides, which means there’s a lot of ejector pin marks to take care of.

Here’s a few bits and pieces assembled, ejector pin marks filled with PPP (Perfect Plastic Putty)…



The rear of the seat rails had a few marks to fill. PPP sands really nicely and a Flory skinny stick (trimmed down with a pair of scissors) made light work of the job…



The seat rails and ejection gun, filled and sanded. The gun still has a few seams to scrape down, most of it won’t be seen but I’d rather take the time to fettle it up properly just in case…



The seat rails glued into position…



More filling… The rear plate for the seat had a few gaps that needed filling, here you can see the biggest gap circled in red…



And again from another angle with a bit of plasticard slipped into the gap…



The plasticard trimmed down with a knife and sanded, with some PPP applied to the rest of the gaps…



PPP is great stuff, but it is a bit brittle. Here you can see a few pits and voids that remained after sanding…



To get rid of the small imperfections a couple of coats of Mr Surfacer 500 were applied over the seams, left overnight and sanded…



Overall the kit goes together nicely, the first naff bit I’ve come across is the HUD assembly where it fits into the coaming…

You can’t really see it in the dry-fit photo below but the rectangular panel that the HUD sits on doesn’t have any locating pegs so it is difficult to tell where it is supposed to sit. The vertical brackets for the HUD glass don’t fit very well. In fact they don’t fit at all without fettling and tweaking their locating pins, also the HUD glass is too thick to fit in the groove it is supposed to slot into.

If it’s any consolation the box photo looks like they had to fit the HUD glass mounts at a bit of an angle, so I guess there is a flaw with the kit. Not a big problem though with a bit of tweaking…



Here you can see the HUD glass is thicker than the slot provided…



The HUD glass mount on the right has had its slot opened up a bit with a triangular needle file…



Next update – really should be getting on with some 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:

    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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