1/32 Academy F-16 SUFA

Gallery Article by Klaasjan Schuuring on July 5 2018

 

      

The F-16 SUFA (which means storm I am told) is a custom Israeli F-16 block 52 with lots of Israeli built avionics. Academy's 1:32 scale kit is a well engineered reproduction with very nice detail and a logical choice of parts which makes the basic build very easy. I ordered the Big Ed set for this kit from Eduard. Especially the cockpit was enhanced which is clear from the pictures. 

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The kit features an enormous amount of ordnance including the python missiles of course along with a fair choice of bombs. The pylons also have very good detail and fit is all but perfect throughout. 

Painting this bird was a nice challenge. The camouflage scheme is very attractive but the Israeli colours are usually very difficult to reproduce. However, the set I got from Mig is pretty much spot on. I kept weathering to a minimum given the level of care these aircraft enjoy. Just a wash and some streaks here and there. I also enjoyed painting the crew and ground support member. 
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Photos and text by Klaasjan Schuuring