Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New / Old Kit Prototype

Here's a recent build still in the flight testing phase.

Anyone who was around in the late 1970s through early 1980s will recognize the F-16 from the Centuri Fighter Fleet series.
The fins in the Centuri kit were die-cut fiberboard. This model has 3/32" balsa fins.
I made a cardstock canopy, the Centuri kit featured a clear plastic canopy and plastic nose and tail fins on the small missiles.
I can't use the wording "U.S. AIR FORCE", I chose "U.S. FIGHTER FLEET".
Look close at the stars and bars insignia, that's a six point star. After some research I might go back to the correct five point star. I can't find any reference to the old insignia holding a copyright. The Air Force has a newer protected logo.
While this isn't an exact copy of the Centuri F-16 it still captures the spirit of the original kit.