Peterpools Posted February 28, 2021 Share Posted February 28, 2021 F-16I IAF Sufa The Sufa is on the bench and under way. Being my first kit in years, finding, replacing modeling supplies and tools has been a nightmare, time consuming and very expensive. As my use of my hands slowly improve (bad setback this pastweek: chemo session and a Petscan) – I’m still plugging away and spending more time hand repainting details, which is the best therapy for me, as I’m determine to keep improving. I’ve been able to build and prime using the air brush – something I haven’t been able to do just a few weeks ago. Finally, my modeling supplies have been arriving the past few days and now I can continue to make progress on the sub-assemblies I’ve started so far. Initial Impressions I would rate the kit fair at best at this point and I do love Sofa’s. What Academy did for the most part, was use their F-16C/CG kit, added additional frets with the parts needed for the Sufa, with a lot of unused single seat Viper parts left unused on the frets. Unfortunately, they also eliminated some parts that should be used on the Sufa but aren’t – the gatling gun as an example– parts are in the kit, not in the instructions as the rear cockpit tub ran right through this area. Hit list number One. Part fit of the NSI intake, suffers from the same terrible fit of their single seat Vipers have been noted for. One word of caution, don’t build the Tamiya kit first which I did I had already built, as you will be plain old spoiled as to how the part fit should be.it. My initial plan was to build the kit OOB all the way but after spending many aggravating hours dealing with the NSI intake for the P&W F100 engine, watching videos I could find, nothing solved the problem – a badly designed assembly. I broke my golden rule for this initial build and bought the Zacto NSI intake. Some tweaking was needed as for all resin but for the most part, a boatload of issues was solved with just thew casting alone. Hit list number two: The Electric spine and conformal Fuel Tanks – close but no cigar in placement and fit. Getting them to fit as per my major reference: F-16I Sufa in IAF service by Ra’anan Weiss – this has to be the definitive reference for me and I bought it when the book was first released. Yes, it’s only accurate as per the printing, that’s more then enough. Need to know about IAF camo and the color change, it’s all in the book with FS numbers – BTW, the book is full color. With more test fitting and tweaking, the electronic spine and conformal fuel tanks were installed as to my reference photos but there were gaps that needed to be dealt with. I used Milliput which added strength and filled the gap at the same time. Some final filler will be needed but that's to be expected. The Front Office No real issues here – just worked my way slowly through all the hand painting with some masking and air brushing for the side consoles – yes, a bit of artistic license was used. For the first time, I used the kit seats, added a few bits and pieces and they looked pretty good. What looks terrible are the seat belts and harnesses – way too thin but a good painting exercise just the same. Loadouts I decided to decide on my load outs from the start and to make sure all the holes were drilled out in the lower wing panel - the outer pylon locating holes were not there! Most Sufa’s do not use the 600 gallon wing tanks due to the excessive weight they place on the wings and I opted for the 370 gallon tanks and photos seem to confirm this (300 gallon tanks are also commonly used). Load outs were chosen as per the cover photo from the book, so I was OK – more latter in the build. Paints: MRP . Hand painting: Model Air and Tamiya I’ve finally figured out how to post photos and I keep all my build photos on Image Shack – just my way of doing it, so here we go. Peter Please checkout how tight the NSI intake sits to the underside of the fuselage after some tweaking. Electric Spine and Conformal Fuel tanks - lots of work getting them to fit and then the Milliput. some filler and a bit more clean up is needed Rear intake ducting, the kit NSI intake and the main gearbay waiting for a few more parts and painting gloss white The Front Office - loads of work but awesome therapy for me 10 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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