Michael Phillips You know I'm in! You are off to a very nice start. The Aires pits for Tamiya F-16s fit pretty well, I've found. I will show your progress to my wife, she will get a kick out of seeing an Indonesian aircraft built!
17. August 2019, 16:05
Slavo Hazucha Nice warm-up & start Are you going for the semi-weathered state of the photo reference? Would be cool...
Jos Jansen @Michael...Nice to hear Michael that you are so enthusiastic and also nice to hear that your Indonesian wife is following this with great interest ... I will do my best to make a true-to-life Indo Viper...
@Slavo...Since today I have been in contact with an Indonesian spotter via FB, he sent me the ref pic of the TS-1642 which I want to make. He took this photo yesterday, so I want to make it that way ... but fully loaded with 1 x cl fuel tank, 2 x external fuel tanks, 2 x AGM 65 and AIM 9P at the wing tips.
Sergej I Nice! Following
Jos, are you planning to paint the oxygen tank on the seat-side green?
27. August 2019, 19:28
Patrick Hagelstein What did you think of the Wolfpack tail fit? When Attack was still in business, I stacked up on theirs because I wasn't that happy with the Wolfpack ones.
27. August 2019, 20:15
Maciej Bellos Judging from the photo the parabreak housing looks taller than it should.
27. August 2019, 20:23
Jos Jansen The dragchute housing in the photo is from a Kinetic F-16 kit. The Wolfpack housing definitely did not fit, both for the width and the length, just worthless. Because the dragchute housing is not yet attached to the tail, it does not exactly look like true size, but believe me Maciej, this fits perfectly!
@Sergej I....On the pictures you can see the seat that is not yet ready, I am still working on the pit ... and yes the oxygen bottle is now green...
Jos Jansen I was finally able to do some work again ... this is a dry run for the GB later ...
7. September 2019, 18:53
Jos Jansen Tail with the dragchute housing from the Kinetic kit is ready, also the Aires resin exhaust tailored. I made the final choice for the weapon load, three external fuel tanks, 2x AGM-65 Mavericks (resin from Eduard) and 2x AIM-9J Sidewinders from the Hasegawa kit: Aircraft Weapons: C U.S Missiles & Gun Pods.
Jos Jansen Thx Slavo and Erik... ready with sanding. Damn... those Vipers are so beautiful...!!
22. September 2019, 10:12
Jos Jansen I have not been able to meet the aggressor GB deadline, which is a great pity, but I want to deliver good quality work and focus on finishing my Indo Viper first. I am building this together with a modeling friend, who makes a Moroccan Viper. If all goes well, these two Vipers will be published in the Tamiya magazine.
Jos Jansen Thx Stephan....and yes Hans you're right my friend...quality over quantity !
5. October 2019, 17:11
Maciej Bellos Take your time Jos, I expect it will be a great Viper. If your modelling friend agrees, post a picture of the finished Moroccan Viper too. And send us the link to the Tamiya magazine, or to a preview at least.
5. October 2019, 19:16
Slavo Hazucha I am not really unhappy to hear about the delay of your Aggressor GB entry, myself having everything I ordered on the table except the actual model
This is once again a great show to watch, you put quite an effort into the prep layers & shading, looking forward how it turns out - no wonder you get stuff like this into the print
Patrick Hagelstein Jos, again, please share a link to (order) that magazine! I have a Moroccan Viper in the stash as well and I'm for sure VERY interested! And off course, following THIS build with as much interest as well!
Jos Jansen I tried a new technique of shading & fading ... this worked out well. With this technique you have control over how many effects you want to apply with a color. Afterwards you can do fading by slightly changing the paint color. However, I made a mistake by making the parts that were over-sprayed with gray again black with Tamiya X-18 (then the surface remains nice and smooth). I sprayed too much under the blue tac, you now see thin black lines along the separation of the colors. This still needs to be corrected ...!
8. October 2019, 20:36
Erik Leijdens Besides the little mishap with the X-18 it looks spectacular mate! The chosen colours are spot on for this Pinda Viper
Jos Jansen Thx you'all for your kind words! I managed to get rid of the black lines, sorry guys, I really didn't like that! I now let everything dry well, for the time being no progress because I am going to Ibiza for a week on vacation... !
9. October 2019, 21:42
Daniel perfectly repaired! (resisting the urge to put in a certain vengaboys Ytube link...)
Jos Jansen Thx Roland, Konrad and ForestFan... it is a joy to build this Tamiya kit. It is special to make an exotic Viper, because you don't see that often in model building. I am in contact with an Indonesian aircraft spotter and he regularly provides me with information and photos of the serial number to be built by me.
Jos Jansen Hey y'all...thx for your great compliments! Ready with the panel line wash and starting decalling. Together with a fellow modelling friend, we're building two exotic export Vipers...his will be a Viper from Marrocco!
2. November 2019, 22:15
Maciej Bellos Two fantastic looking Vipers! Some info on the Morrocan Viper's colours would be much appreciated.
Jos Jansen Thank you Patrick, these shutters are always discolored by spilled kerosene (I think) ... hopefully I did it subtly.
17. November 2019, 20:58
Patrick Hagelstein If kerosine is coming out in it's original form, something is wrong. Behind those two doors sits the Jet Fuel Starter (JFS). It's a microjet that starts up the main engine. When the F-16 starts up, those two doors open up and the first sucks in air, the second has a little flame coming out. When the main engine reaches a certain level of self sustainment these doors shut as the JFS stops operating.
Jos Jansen Thx guys, dragchute in place...all those f***king details takes time...
30. November 2019, 16:00
Slavo Hazucha Cheers Jos! I am sort of back from the abbys of immobilizing work- & life-issues overload and what a load of beautiful stuff to see here. Great job on the camo and a lovely tail end indeed! I really like the exhaust details, the Aires kit really shines after the pro-treatment you gave it!
2. December 2019, 10:35
Patrick Hagelstein You ARE actually checking up everywhere that has some kind of connection to the Aggressor Build and such. Good to have you back again Slavo!
2. December 2019, 14:08
Jos Jansen Hey welcome back Slavo, it's always nice to get good feedback from you again. I am approaching the finish line and I am very satisfied with this exotic Viper. The aires exhaust is really great, I have had more problems with the aires pit, it didn't fit really well.
4. December 2019, 22:04
Patrick Hagelstein That's what Aires cockpits are notorious for. And, to be honest, that's where they are right! I think Aires measure their cockpits exactly to the real ones but don't take into consideration that the kits they should fit into are compromised for buildability and scale. Meaning that in real life a cockpit is fit inside an aluminum skinned airplane and not an aircraft that has a wall thickness of 1mm x 72, 48 or 32. Either way, you did a great job making it fit!
4. December 2019, 22:25
Spanjaard i love the details of Aires cockpits... but yes, they can be a pain to fit. very nice job Jos
5. December 2019, 00:12
Patrick Hagelstein I totally agree with both Hans and Spanjaard. I love them too but they are a pain in the bum to fit in...
5. December 2019, 02:23
Jos Jansen Slowly making progress...decals are sealed with Aqua Gloss and the weaponry is loaded...
Slavo Hazucha Great going Jos - looking better & better with each step. Cannot agree more on the exotic colors, really something out of the ordinary F-16 palette... Particularly like the turquoise/greenish color, like it looks rather different in light/shadow on the pics.
+ I am getting really hyped now for fitting my Aires pit & gearwells to the poor Hornet...
6. December 2019, 23:57
Jos Jansen Thx Stephan and Slavo...! @Slavo, the colors are really successful, especially the greenish one. The colors on my reference photos are also different every time. I can now see this effect in my photos as well, very special, I think the greenish turquoise has really succeeded ...! I hope your Aires pit will fit...
7. December 2019, 07:21
Jos Jansen ... almost ready for the final photoshoot!
Nathan Dempsey I thought I was on the "Sometimes I get it right but not usually " list.
If I can get my paint to be somewhere in your calibre, then I'll be a happy man.
29. December 2019, 05:41
Slavo Hazucha Excellent work again Jos! You really got all the peculiarities of the pattern just top notch right, the "sparkle" in the green, the nature & extent of the weathering for the region & all... Classy work mate!
+ the stand is also a really cool idea, I think I like it more than "50 shades of runway"
29. December 2019, 06:42
Stephan Ryll I agree with all the mates that is really cool Jos, great work
Jos Jansen Many thank...Patrick, SCM, Nathan, Slavo, Stephan, Pierre and Soeren...so many kind words from you'll, that gives me so much inspiration and joy to continue with my next project, a Hasegawa 1:48 RAF FGR Mk.2 Phantom...!
29. December 2019, 13:49
Jos Jansen @Slavo...my friend, I can only agree with you very much, fantastic how you give your feedback, that really helps me! I want to thank you especially for your constructive inspirational words...awesome mate !
29. December 2019, 13:54
Jos Jansen @Patrick...everyone is equal here, I also appreciate your feedback enormously, thanks mate... !!
29. December 2019, 13:57
Ronny Verlaek Pfoeeeee , nice work , i like this bird and the colorscheme ..
Slavo Hazucha Credit where credit's due Jos! Watching how you put "soul" into all these beautiful jets is a feast for the eye & learning curve in one... Wish you a lot of those -job done!- moments in 2020, as a friend & 4th-gen "brother in arms", albeit a very slow one
29. December 2019, 22:04
Jos Jansen Thank you so much Ronny, Sergej, Patrick, Slavo and James...you positive responses are always overwhelming...and man Slavo, your poetic approach to my craftsmanship in model building is a crown on the hard and passionate commitment that I do with each model...thx mate !!