1/12 Italeri F16 Falcon Cockpit – Build Log

27th June 2014

Managed to grab a bit of quality time with the F16 cockpit this week…

With the front end complete my next plan is to get the seat finished before I finish up on the tub.


So on with the fiddly bits for the seat, starting with what I presume is an oxygen hose.

Now with this bit I bet myself a pork pie that I would break this part while removing it from the sprue…




The good news is that I didn’t break it while removing it from the sprue.

The first bad news is that I didn’t win a pork pie from myself.

The second bit of bad new is that I instantly broke it while cleaning it up 🙁




No worries, a bit of lead wire painted black will be easier to use and will look better anyway 😀




The seat has 3 rollers each side that help it run up the seat rail during ejection, these have been painted black with a silver bearing in the centre…




And here’s the right hand side of the seat with the rollers fitted, some detailing picked out and the decals on.




The left hand side of the seat has a few bits that need painting (including that oxygen hose I snapped earlier).  I’m going to be delayed finishing the left hand side bits because I’m waiting for some buffable brass metaliser to arrive so I can paint the valve on the oxygen bottle (green bottle below)…




Time to tackle the seat cushions… I’ve included a shot of the undersides of them because the edges were very square on the bottom edges. Here I’ve given the bottom edge a good sculpting with some coarse skinny sticks to make it look a bit more like a cushion.




The cushions had some pre-shading with Tamiya flat black, then a coat of Tamiya Olive Drab (XF-74). Finished off by adding a drop of white to the colour cup and adding a little bleaching to break up the tone a bit.

The cushion on the right had an ejector pin mark right in the middle of it, so I re-scribed the fabric pattern into it. Hopefully it’ll blend in when everything comes together.




Next up is the seat straps and buckles…

Here the buckles have been fettled and had a coat of Mr Metal Color buffable Iron. They’ve also had a moderate buffing.

You might see a few ejector pin marks in the photo below, but these are in the underside of the buckles so won’t be seen.




The belts themselves are sticky backed fabric that you cut out, thread through the buckles and stick to themselves.

I haven’t seen any reference photos of Falcon A harnesses in brick red anywhere, more usually they are grey or green, but I’m not going to worry about that too much and will go with the kit supplied straps…




And finally for today, the right hand side of the seat finished (apart from a bit of touching up) complete with harnesses and cushions…


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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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