Kit Manufacturer: Italeri
Type: F-16A Falcon Cockpit (Standalone)
Extras used: Silver/grey ribbon for seat harnesses, Milliput for parachute information packs on seat. Plasticard for plinth for plaque and also for boxing in the centre console rear surface. Plastruct 1/16 diamond plate for base (#91686). Copper wire wrapped with solder for oxygen hoses.
Paints and colours used: Tamiya Light Grey (XF-66) for cockpit tub and seat. Tamiya Flat Black (XF-1) for front coaming and side consoles. Revell Aqua Gloss Light Grey (371) for knobs as well as various Citadel colours for console details. Tamiya J.A.Green (XF-13) for seat cushions and parachute information packs. Alclad2 Chrome over Humbrol gloss black enamel for chrome parts including arm rest, rudder bars, diamond plate base. Vallejo Burnt Umber/Smoke for leather on arm rest. Klear (Future) for most clear coats, Humbrol Matt Cote for matt finishes.
Weathering: Flory Dark dirt wash. Citadel Necron Compound/Longbeard Grey for dry brushing.
Verdict: I bought this kit in my local model shop (Howleys of Weymouth) a couple of years ago for just over £13. It’s taken me a couple of years on and off (more off than on) to complete, and has been a really enjoyable build, although one where you really have to take your time and don’t try to rush it. The kits very detailed, not only in the quality of the moulding, but also in the number of components involved. There are some minor fit issues (see build log) but nothing that can’t be quite easily overcome. I love this kit, not only is it unusual, but it builds into a really nice looking item. So if you see one when you’re out and about, or trawling through eBay, add one to your stash and take your time building it! Highly recommended.