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Patrick Hagelstein (Hagel)


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I love the smell of new projects in the evening! 

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Just dabbed some Mr. Paint bright orange on a piece of plastic card. The hue of orange is a perfect match but I think a need to airbrush a little bit in order to get a better taste of what the color will be on the kit. 

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Freeing the Kasl Hobby replacement rear hull from it's pouring block is easy. The resin is very pleasant to work with and has nice crisp panel lines.  

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...but then there is that moment you know you have to cut up that beautiful Tamiya part... 

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Getting somewhere... 

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Ever so slowly cleaning up the rough cut untill Rowan Atkinson's thin blue line. 

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And here's the result of another job I wasn't looking forward to. 

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The removal of these bulges. These are the Block 50 and up redesigned wing attachements. As the RNLAF operates Block 15 (Upgraded through the MLU program) these had to go! Another jab at a perfectly moulded Tamiya surface. 

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I wasn't too fond of a double butt joint on the very visible hull top. Therefore I drilled holes in the Kasl Hobby insert so I can insert pins as a means of datum for getting all the parts aligned and have something to tack weld the parts to. 

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Just loosely laid out to get an idea how everything lines up. So far it's looking good! 

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Then there is that moment when you realise that that '100% correct' aftermarket part is nowhere near the actual thing.... First up, joining the hull parts, then rescribing... 🙁 

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Well.... I had to fill in the gap and rescribe anyway due to resin shrinkage. Width wise it fits perfectly by the way. 

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There goes!... A blank canvas... 

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This panel has to be filled for various blocks of F-16C as well as for the F-16AM.  

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This panel doesn't exist on the F-16AM.  

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These tiny doors are for P&W F100-229 equiped aircraft. The larger one is for an F-16C. 

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The next victim for my slaughter, this time from Hasegawa. 

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To get an idea how much plastic card I had to add, I used this paper gauge. 

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Look what I found in the mail! I thought I had one but left it in the Netherlands... Now the Syh@rt site says it's sold out... Lucky me! 🙂 

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These are the rubber brushes I use for applying the PPP. You can find them in craft stores. 

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The Hasegawa F-16A Parabrake tail on it's way. The end needs to be tapered to match pictures of the real thing and the bottom rear exhaust is changed for the Tamiya part. 

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After struggling with plastic shims, I found Mr. Dissolved Putty to be giving me much more control of the filling. 


5 28 August 2017, 00:20
Michael Phillips
Here we go!
28 August 2017, 03:58
Patrick Hagelstein
Yes indeed!
28 August 2017, 05:00
Adam Gudynowski
28 August 2017, 09:12
Adam Gudynowski
Brave project
28 August 2017, 09:13
Patrick Hagelstein
Thanks Adam! I hope it doesn't get over my head...
28 August 2017, 14:53
Maciej Bellos
Interesting. It hurt my heart seeing the rear fuselage being cut off...
28 August 2017, 15:23
nice to see you back in the saddle, i mean the bench 🙂
very colourful scheme and nice list of upgrades. this will be really interesting 🙂
28 August 2017, 16:32
Martin Oostrom
NO! You murderer. What did that innocent Tamiya part ever do to you make you do such horrible things? You wicked man!
28 August 2017, 16:33
Bart Goesaert
that will have given a lot of sweat, and I guess it's not by the effort...
28 August 2017, 16:38
David Thor
I`m in, great project!
28 August 2017, 17:17
Bryn Crandell
Damn! Watching with great interest.
28 August 2017, 17:39
Patrick Hagelstein
🙂 No! Please! Don't call the modelbuilding police!... To be honest I gulped a couple of times before committing my razor saw to that sweet plastic. But I knew I measured well and washed away my sharpie ink so that it only was a very sharp line along the appropriate panel line. This evening it's time to clean up the cuts.
28 August 2017, 23:46
Brad Furminger
Taking a seat for this one.
29 August 2017, 01:24
Patrick Hagelstein
Welcome aboard Brad!
29 August 2017, 03:16
Patrick Hagelstein
As in my avatar, I'm getting a seat too! But with a nice glass of whisky in front of the television as the Mr. Surfacer has to cure before any more sanding. Cheers and untill at my modeling desk! 😉
29 August 2017, 03:18
Bart Goesaert
Kudo's for that cutting... bought the resin conversion for a Su-33 in 1:48...

White parts are resin replacements...

think I will need to measure a lot, and I hope it will be sturdy enough...
29 August 2017, 06:26
well deserved rest 🙂 good approach to have those pins to fix the parts.
29 August 2017, 10:36
Urban Gardini
This I really want to follow! I just love it when a build goes all in...
29 August 2017, 11:52
Urban Gardini
I agree though on the feeling one get when it comes to cuttin' Tammy plastic. It feels like if you're taking a sledgehammer to Michelangelo's Venus de Milo...
29 August 2017, 11:56
Patrick Hagelstein
Oh man! Bart, is there any original plastic left? Now that's hardcore!!! Good luck! Remember: measure twice, cut once...
Spanjaard, it was a 12 y Chivas Regal, the perfect drink after an evening of concentrated taping, filing and sanding. 😉
Welcome Urban! I love your comment! 😄 Wonder if Michelangelo himself ever pondered about taking that sledgehammer by himself?
29 August 2017, 13:30
Patrick Hagelstein
There's only one little glitch in ordering an update set from a Taiwanese company.... Taiwan is the only costumer worldwide to have the Block 20 factory built! Meaning the Kasl Hobby replacement part is dead on!....for a Taiwanese machine... Now I have to rescribe the back panels still. The only positive thing is that during the MLU update reinforcement plates were added to that particular section of the hull.
1 September 2017, 03:24
Sarunas D
1 September 2017, 06:15
Patrick Hagelstein
Welcome SuperBug18!
1 September 2017, 12:24
Mike Daniels
4 September 2017, 09:13
Bart Goesaert
Good luck...Main question is: what was the best starting point? the resin part or the original section?
4 September 2017, 11:07
Patrick Hagelstein
Well Bart, in hindsight it would be better to fill in the dimple on the back meant for the bigger C tail fin base with plastic card and then rescribe that area. The Kasl Hobby part is really nice but meant specifically for the Taiwanese version. It has a small oval panel in the middle where the NATO F-16A/B/AM/BM has a trapezoid panel. So both the oval lines and the neighbouring lines have to be adjusted. To spare the hasle of sawing, filing, attaching, filling and rescribing the resin part, I could have just rescribed the original part.
4 September 2017, 12:44
Patrick Hagelstein
But.... that's modeling! 😄
4 September 2017, 12:45
Patrick Hagelstein
Bart, you got me thinking... I have another not yet asigned Tamiya F-16C in my stash. I try to get the back rescribed to an F-16AM and will see what I will do with my current Frankenfalcon. I somewhere got a Kinetic F-16D Block 52+ with the spine hump, maybe I can switch back hulls...
5 September 2017, 00:56
Bart Goesaert
Good luck, hope it works
5 September 2017, 04:13
Patrick Hagelstein
I looked into it and the Tamiya and Kinetic parts are interchangeable. I'll switch my Frankenfalcon upper hull with the Kinetic kit, the enlarged spine fits completely over the panels concerned. That way I can put the Kinetic part on that 'old' Block 50. As a youngster I wanted to turn the Tamiya kit into a Greek Block 30. Little did I know about block production back then. But somehow I found out that I needed to alter that kit to get a correct Greek bird. Now, years later I have it still filled with the aftermarket parts I bought back then and a Kinetic kit fit for the job (well, actually an F-16D Block 52+ but still...). The idea is to use the remaining decals for my Desert Rose project and turn it into an Omani Block 50+. That way I can use both the kit and the spare decals. But that's for a later time.... First there is that tail to graft onto my new upper hull! 😉
8 September 2017, 02:35
Patrick Hagelstein
After some meetings and other things connected to work, I finally found some time and, more important, some mojo to get on with the F-16AM. I filled in some F-16C unique panel lines with Deluxe Perfect Plastic Putty. I like this stuff! It is fine, easy to apply and removable with water. I just smear it on the panel lines, wait a while and take it off again wit a damp cotton swab. It just leaves the panel line filled and the surrounding area untouched. Furthermore I cut up a Hasegawa tail to get the base with the para brake housing. The base has a slot where the Tamiya tail piece fits in nicely. Now I have to decide if I cut off the top part to switch it with the Hasegawa part or adjust it to an F-16AM shape.
27 September 2017, 03:53
Konrad -
Hi Patrick Following with interest. I've built this kit years ago. But without aftermarket products just out of the Box. Its a Great Kit.
27 September 2017, 05:28
Patrick Hagelstein
Hi Konrad! Welcome aboard! Yes, the kit is great OOB but there is that Dutch guy wanting to build a Dutch aircraft out of it... The easy way was to just build a USAF F-16C. 😉
27 September 2017, 14:33
Konrad -
Thats of course an issue hard to argue with all the experts here. 🙂. I'm really exited what comes out at the end! I've take a seat and enjoy the show. 👍
27 September 2017, 18:51
That's a nice plastic massacre. I grab myself some popcorn and beer and keep watching. Great work so far! 👍
27 September 2017, 19:35
Patrick Hagelstein
Welcome ice! We won't get any work done though as I am watching your Seahawk with great interest in the meantime. 😉
27 September 2017, 19:51
Stephan Ryll
I'll take a seat Patrick 🙂 - looks like a hell of a job
27 September 2017, 19:59
Patrick Hagelstein
Welcome Stephan! Well....yes, it is! Reading through all my references I still discover new things I have to take into account. The Tamiya kit is a gem but all that doesn't matter when one has to alter all those tiny yet important details. But you guys give me that urge to go on and show some progress. 🙂 Let's build stuff!!!
28 September 2017, 00:56
Michael Phillips
Love watching your progress here, it's like a craftsman at work. Very methodical and precise. My work method feels so haphazard compared to you!
28 September 2017, 05:16
Patrick Hagelstein
Thanks for the compliments Michael! I have to confess I like your way of modeling more, you actually get kits built! Whereas I keep fiddeling with details and waiting to get the 'courage' to take the next step.
28 September 2017, 12:05
Martin Oostrom
So everybody thinks someone else is doing it better. 🙂
28 September 2017, 12:38
Maciej Bellos
In this case Martin, we all either do a good job or a cr@p one :-D
28 September 2017, 13:50
Patrick Hagelstein
28 September 2017, 13:54
ok, so we just need to be as methodical as Patrick, as productive and organised as Michael, able to make details as Ice (just to name some of those present).... now I am getting depressed.... i will never get to that level 😛 i need some chocolate, or a beer, or both 😛
28 September 2017, 16:39
or maybe even better, spend more time modelling 😄
28 September 2017, 16:40
Bart Goesaert
@Spanjaard: thespruce.com/best-chocolate-beer-353056
28 September 2017, 17:16
Patrick Hagelstein
😄 😄 😄 Cool! I never knew. Have to try one of those!
28 September 2017, 17:22
Konrad -
Thats crazy in this case i prefer a dram of finest scotish Single malt 🙂. But I'm with you Spajaard those skills are far far away from mine. So I need a second one🙂. Cheers
28 September 2017, 19:50
Martin Oostrom
Modelling = use of sharp knives & (potentially) brain solving stuff. Better leave alcohol out of it. 😉
Spent last Saturday evening in a bar with 100 do-it-yourself beertaps. Nice experience.....or should I say headache generator?
28 September 2017, 20:23
Patrick Hagelstein
Sounds like I should switch hobby! 😄
28 September 2017, 20:36
some things are meant to be mix, others do not. i agree with Martin.
But while not modelling... why not a good chocolate (come to the dark side....) or a good beer (to the dark side too.... 😛), or any form of liquid/solid pleasure that make us happy (best if legal one😉 )
28 September 2017, 21:18
and thanks for the link Bart, really interesting 🙂
28 September 2017, 21:48
Michael Phillips
Thanks Patrick for the pic of that brush. I definitely have to get a couple of those, looks perfect for smoothing PPP into crevices!
30 September 2017, 00:26
Patrick Hagelstein
So, it's been a while since I actually sat at my modelling desk... I hoped the Veterans Day weekend would give me some building time but sadly I had to go running and spending time with friends... 😉 Even though, I commited to get some work done on the tail base. It doesn't seem to be that much but there are some slight but very noticable alterations made. Let's hope I can find some more time and show you all some more progress.
14 November 2017, 04:43
Murad ÖZER
amazing work so far Patrick! 👍
14 November 2017, 06:17
Patrick Hagelstein
Youtube Video
It's been a while since I worked on this one. But luckily I found the painting instructions again. 😉

10 May 2019, 15:27
Great video
25 May 2019, 00:36
Patrick Hagelstein
Thanks! I have a club build to finish first but then a couple of orange birds will have my attention again. 🙂
25 May 2019, 05:33
Patrick Hagelstein
30 May 2019, 15:12
Tzonglin Wu
I think I find the difference that you told me in the 11th photo of this album. This F-16AM owns a very beautiful color scheme. I Look forward to your progress. 👍
3 October 2019, 05:51
Patrick Hagelstein
Yep, that was when I was still frustrated about the Kasl Hobby plug and didn't realize that Kasl was right....for a Block 20. 🙂 This one is shelved but often smiles at me from where it sits in my modeling room. 😉 I really need to restart this one! 😄
3 October 2019, 11:35
Very careful and clean work 👍 On your first picture you have only MRP-207, but this is only the bright color. I miss the MRP-206, as on this picture:
3 October 2019, 13:11
Patrick Hagelstein
Hi Bughunter, in the meantime I acquired the MRP-206 as well but I doubt if I have a use for it as this is the color for the lion rampant and that one is covered in the excellent Syhart decal set. I might only need it for some touch ups but then it's having my fingers crossed that the decals and MRP-206 exactly match. The other 'mistake' is the Eduard F100-229 engine set as this bird flies with an F100-220(E). The only external (for modelbuilding purposes) difference is the different spray ring but I highly doubt it will be that visible inside that burner can. Two reactions to this build in just a couple of hours.... I really need reconsidering this build and move it up in my building queu. 😉
3 October 2019, 13:46
Patrick Hagelstein
Thanks for this tip Hans! 👍
3 October 2019, 15:31


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