f-16 repair, repaint, and return to the skies!

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MGC
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f-16 repair, repaint, and return to the skies!

Unread post by MGC » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:18 pm

well, the last part of the title I'm hoping comes true. lol

So, here we go....severed right wing, separated vertical stab, twisted and split nose barely holding on, holes and gouges everywhere and bent landing gear. No problem :) Lets get started!

First, out came a big ol' pot of boiling water to make some foam soup. held the nose and wing corner in the boiling water until the foam expanded back to its original-ish shape. Smoothed any "alligator skin" spots that came from the boiling. Had a good bit of success reforming the wing and the nose, which was the worst part. Next came the glue. I used Foam tac. Great stuff! Strong and stays flexible so it's not likely to "snap" apart under pressure. Wing, V stab, and nose all glue back in place. Next will come some carbon fiber rod reinforcement in the Nose, thanks to the advice of some of the lads at the field!! :). I'll post those pics next. Then I plan for a test flight. If all goes well, I'll be repainting this model. I have a few ideas for paint, but one I really like is the Artic Camo paint scheme. Stay tuned for more pics and progress!
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Re: f-16 repair, repaint, and return to the skies!

Unread post by bdg » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:00 pm

Looking good, Mark!

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Re: f-16 repair, repaint, and return to the skies!

Unread post by MGC » Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:14 pm

Next steps, I've filled all the holes and gouges in the foam. Bob hooked me up with a tube of polyfilla spackle and man, this stuff works great for filling holes and gaps in foam! Thanks again Bob! All the decals are removed and I've sanded down the spackle. Next, prime and paint!
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