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  1. UPDATE & RECAP: https://fb.watch/e5ohbB540U/ - ref. K48100 - General Dynamics/SABCA/Fokkker F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcon - NATO - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48100 - ref. K48101 - GD/LM F-16V Viper - RoCAF single seater https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48101 - ref. K48102 - Lockheed-Martin F-16C block 25/42 Viper - USAF - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48102 - ref. K48105 - Lockheed-Martin F-16D block 30/40/50 Fighting Falcon - USAF - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48105 - ref. K48107 - Lockheed Martin F-16C Viper - USAF Viper Demo Team 2024 - https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48107 - ref. K48133 - Lockheed Martin F-16C block 52 Fighting Falcon - Republic Singapore Air Force with markings for the Black Knights Display Team - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48133 - ref. K48146 - GD/LM F-16C block 30 Fighting Falcon - Texas ANG "The Lone Star Gunfighters" - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48146 - ref. K48148 - LM F-16D Viper "Thunderbirds" - Gold Series Parts and Decals by Fightertown Decals https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48148 - ref. K48153 - Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-16U Viper - Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48153 - ref. K48154 - General Dynamics/SABCA F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcon - Belgian Air Force demo bird "Dream Viper" https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48154 - ref. K48156 - General Dynamics F-16C Block 50/52 Viper - Polish Air Force https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48156 - ref. K48159 - General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon - Kongelige Danske Flyvevåbnet (RDAF), Test Vikings - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48159 - ref. K48160 - General Dynamics F-16A/B block 20 Fighting Falcon - RoCAF 70th Anniversary Flying Tigers - released https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48160 - ref. K48161 - General Dynamics F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcon - Royal Thai Air Force - Cobra BVR https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48161 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The long announced Mirage F-1, the Fiat G-91 or something completely new ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KineticBuildersGuild/posts/1634727710215508/ V.P.
  2. Source: http://www.master194.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=94249 Dixit French forum Master194 while everybody is talking about the soon to release TamiyAMK Tomcats, Tamiya would have unveiled at the current at IPMS/USA Nationals a 1/48th LM F-16D two seats Viper sprue. True or fake? Still waiting for a reliable source. To be followed V.P.
  3. Something like a joke after yesterday's Kinetic announcement. After its Sukhoi "Flanker" family (link) Minibase Hobby Corporation (link) could also be working on a 1/48th General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon kit with ref. 06 ! Waiting for info confirmation. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/sinch.tw/posts/pfbid0XpqMKp7j9k3ijGqgPtQR6Do7Ez1PsLLY9a3T2jRS6GWXUpkiwT7F4zYotmirbAqcl https://tieba.baidu.com/p/7858375503 UPDATE: Please note that we blurred a little part from the above image as we received an email from the owner of Cartograf decal printing company stating that they are not involved with this project and that any use of their name or logo in Minibase marketing documents is unauthorized. V.P.
  4. Hello, evryone! I bought the Italeri F-16 C/D Night Falcon kit by chance at a discount. I just wanted to assemble a model of a contemporary jet aircraft out of a box, carefully paint it and put it on a shelf. It would have turned out that way, unless the decal failed - it was completely worthless. Then I bought the another decal. But it turned out that the prototype on a new decal was from the early blocks and could not carry modern pods. Well, never mind: I decided to assemble the plane in the classic three-color gray camouflage carrying CBU and Sidewinders. A few words about the assembling the kit: the weakest point is the jointing it doesn't correspond to reality. I didn’t want to change things dramatically, so I corrected only some of the most outstanding places. The cockpit is given bare. Slightly improved it (instrument panels, pilot seats, canopy lifting mechanism, gun sight). The canopy covered with Tamiya smoke from inside. I modified the exhaust nozzle so that from a distance it looked like the one, and not like an empty bucket. ALL F-16 manufacturers (except Tamiya) produce a simplified air intake and cover it with a grid like a radiator. Therefore, I decided to depict something resembling a real air intake. I trimmed the stabilizers to match the prototype (early blocks). Cut out several antennas from a beer can. Improved the landing gear and niches simulating the electrical system, hydraulics, battery, gas cylinder, and spotlights (Elf). Static dischargers - fishing line. This is far better than a wire, since one often touches them during the construction and painting process. I made all the necessary formation lights. The aftermarket used: a PITOT tube (the Master kit also included the angle of attack indicators). As well as Hasegawa armament (bombs and missiles). Painting mostly Hobby Color acrylic - “bottom” FS36375, “top” FS 36118, but side surfaces FS 36270 from HATAKA. Nitro varnish (orange) NATAKA. Weathering and some highlights for a panel effect mainly with oil paints, watercolor pencils and AK wet effects fluid. Oil paints diluted with white spirit were applied by an airbrush freehand and through a stencil. Super Scale Decals. Stencils partially Printscale decal. Some pictures showing stages of assembling and painting at the end. F-16B block 10, 428 TFS, 474 TFW, Nellis AFB, Arizona, mid-1980s. Hope you'll enjoy it and good luck!
  5. F-16D Tigermeet 2014 (03844) 1/72 Revell I would pretty much assume that almost all modellers reading this review are familiar with the F-16 Fighting Falcon. It is probably the most used combat aircraft in the world at this time. The F-16 was developed by General Dynamics for the USAF. This was as a result of proposals for an Advanced Day Fighter Concept. Following on from an Air Force study group the idea of a Lightweight Fighter was developed. Certain elements of the Air Force remained hostile to this as it was perceived as a threat to the then F-15 programme. In 1972 General Dynamics was awarded a contract to produce the YF-16. The aircraft introduced numerous innovations in fighter design, including a frameless bubble canopy affording the pilot greater visibility. Air-to-air missiles were mounted on wing tip pylons to free up underwing stations and the central control column was replaced by a side stick controller. The pilots seat was reclined by 30° to reduce G forces. In technological terms the aircraft was one of the first to use fly-by-wire and relaxed stability were by the computers actually flew the aircraft instead of conventional inputs. Like many aircraft the F-16 has developed over the years, probably to point where the original designers would marvel at the difference between the YF-16 and the latest 2 Seat aircraft with external Avionics spines & conformal fuel tanks. It has certainly gone from a Lightweight fighter to a more overweight example, no doubt like a lot of us over the years! It is estimated over 4500 F-16 aircraft have now been produced. The Kit Here Revell have re-released their own tool kit which traces it's history back to 2000. Here all the parts except the canopy are in the box for the single seater aircraft with an additional sprue providing the two seater parts. Construction starts with the cockpits. Due to the parts layout there are two which are nearly identical. Each has a 3 part seat, side controllers and an instrument panel with the details provided as decals. Two pilot figures are supplied if the modeller wants to use them. The two completed cockpits are then installed into the D variant's upper front fuselage part. Moving to the lower fuselage the main wheel bay is built up and added. We then can assemble the main fuselage with the main and front top sections being joined to the lower one. At the front of the fuselage the main engine intake is assembled and joined on, and at the rear the exhaust nozzle is also added. The tailplanes and ventral fins can also go on at this stage. as well as the arrestor hook. Flipping back the nose the nose cone and front bird slicer IFF antennas go on. Following this we flip straight back to the tail and attach the tail assembly. Work now moves to the undercarriage. The main gear legs and their retraction struts go in, these are followed by the main gear doors and the wheels. At the front the nose gear leg and its retraction strut are added along with the nose well bay door. To finish off the model a variety of small airframe fittings such as pitot tubes, nav lights blade antennas are added. If the canopy is to be posed open then the strut to open it needs to be fixed in to the frame in the middle of the canopy. Pylons can be added. A wide array of stores are provided with this kit, however most of them wont be used. Having seen pictures of this aircraft from the Tigermeet it carries only an AIM-9L on the left wingtip and an AIM-9X on the left outer, with only a captive AMRAAM on the right outer pylon; this being in addition to the two tanks. Revel dont provide an AIM-9X in this kit The instructions show the mid wing pylon being attached but these were not loaded on the Tigermeet aircraft. Decals A new sheet of decals from Cartograf (so no issues there!) provides a single colourful option of a Turkish Air Force aircraft from the NATO Tigermeet of 2014. This aircraft being from the 192nd Sqn. Conclusion This is a good tool from Revell and despite its age and many re-releases over the years the moulds seem to be holding up very well, the addition of a Tigermeet scheme is very welcome, though a little bit more research from Revell as to the configuration of the actual aircraft would have been nice. Again modellers will need to look at picture of the real thing to get it 100% accurate. Overall recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  6. Platz Hobby is to release a new tool 1/72nd General Dynamic F-16A Fighting Falcon kit - ref. Source: V.P
  7. F-16A MLU NATO Viper (K48100) 1:48 Lucky Model The F-16 was the winner of the Lightweight Fighter competition, and under its official name of Fighting Falcon has become one of the most successful combat aircraft of the last 40 years, although most pilots, aviation buffs and modellers tend to refer to it as the Viper, which may or may not have something to do with the name of Battlestar Galactica’s fighters. It has provided the US Air Force and other air forces around the world with a comparatively affordable, reliable, high-performance multi-role fighter aircraft. More than 4,500 examples have been manufactured, making it one of the most produced jet fighters in history, and it continues to accumulate export orders to this day, with no sign of the later variants being replaced any time soon. The F-16A (single seat) and B (two seat) were the original production variants of the F-16, and many examples are still in service with air forces around the world after the Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) programme brought them up to a similar standard as the later C/D airframes, and introduced compatibility with Night Vision Goggles (NVG) that are essential for 24/7 operation in the modern battlespace, offering a significant advantage over pilots relying on the Mk.1 Eyeball and their consumption of carrots (yes, I know, it was WWII propaganda to explain away the radar intercepts by the RAF). The radar was also improved in the MLU update with upgraded performance and faster, more reliable targeting. The US was originally intending to participate in the programme, but backed out eventually, leaving Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark, joined later by Portugal, Jordan and Pakistan taking advantage of the improvements on offer, which also included structural enhancements to allow the aircraft to continue in service with the heavier loads that hadn’t originally been anticipated during the initial design process. The Kit This is a brand-new tooling, and Kinetic have confirmed that it shares no heritage with their original tooling of the type, but is instead based on new data. It is also a more modern tooling, which is evident immediately on opening the box. Speaking of the box, it is a sturdy top-opener in the modern Kinetic Gold style and with an attractive painting of the subject matter on the top cover, although a couple of the corners on my example had come unglued during shipping, so I stapled them back down again. Inside are nine sprues in grey styrene, a single sprue of clear parts, two decal sheets and the instruction booklet, which is printed in black and white, as are the markings profiles on the rear pages. Detail is excellent, and a great improvement on the original tooling, with crisply engraved panel lines and rivets, raised and recessed detail, and less prominent ejector pin marks where they will be noticed the least whenever possible. The kit also includes a generous helping of weapons with a full painting guide and stencil decals to apply when the time comes. Construction begins with the cockpit, which is built around a well-detailed tub, into which rudder pedals, control column, instrument panel with additional insert, an operable lever and the rear bulkhead are installed and painted, using AMMO colour call-outs that are the theme throughout the instructions, and can be converted to Vallejo, Mr Color, Tamiya or Humbrol codes using the table on the page opposite the sprue diagram. The centre section of the intake is next, made from top and bottom halves with a rendition of the first compressor face of the GE F110 engine inserted into the rear. The main gear bay is built onto the underside of this assembly, pre-detailed with moulded-in ribbing and ducting, adding front and rear bulkheads plus additional ‘greeblies’ over the following four steps. The exhaust trunking is made from two halves with internal ribbing near the open end, plus the rear face of the engine and afterburner ring depicted by two separate parts. A tapered cylindrical ring fixes to the rear of the trunk, and is joined by the exhaust petals that are assembled from five segments to form the rearmost tip of the exhaust, with a good level of detail moulded-in. The forward portion of the intake is the longest section, and is built from top and bottom halves, with a splitter spearing through a hole in the top and into a socket in the lower surface, which also has the nose gear bay glued to a recess on the underside. This is a single part, but is well-detailed already thanks to some quality moulding. The intake is then surrounded by the two halves of the outer skin, securing on a pair of pegs moulded into the trunk, and finished off with a separate lip in a similar manner to the original tooling, on the basis that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Having built one of the older toolings, I can confirm that this method of making the intake works very well. A small hole is drilled into the port intake fairing, as advised by a nearby scrap diagram. The forward fuselage and upper wings are moulded as one, and have several small raised details removed and a few more filled to correctly depict this variant, with more minor alterations to the lower fuselage in the next step. The cockpit is inserted from below into the upper fuselage, and the intake is lowered into the lower fuselage from the outside, adding the main gear bay and rear trunking behind it from within. The forward fuselage and aft section are then mated to the lower fuselage, adding a pair of cups for the elevons to pivot, the surround to the M61A1 Vulcan cannon on the port side of the fuselage, plus the instrument coaming and HUD glazing to the front of the cockpit. Underneath, a small intake is fixed to the port side of the intake, the lower wing halves are glued to the uppers, and two inserts are fitted around the sides of the nose after drilling a hole in one to accept a clear part from within. The main gear bay has another transverse bulkhead fitted with a central divider and detail part installed along the line of flight, which is then covered by a tapering skin insert, and another over the rear of the engine after inserting the exhaust assembly made earlier. There are scrap diagrams offering advice on painting the new gear bay parts dotted around nearby to break up the overall white of the gear bays. Clear lights and an optional intake are fitted to the intake cowling, then we take a break to build up the landing gear and its doors. Unusually, the first act is to make up the nose gear bay door with clear landing light that fits onto a styrene backing part before it is set aside for a while. The nose gear strut has three detail parts including the scissor-link fitted, adding three more as it inserted in the bay, plus the wheel, which is made from two halves with three pegs and sockets lining things up. The bay door runs along the starboard side of the bay once complete. The MLG, or Main Landing Gear struts are each V-shaped parts, adding three supports and retraction jacks, then they too get a wheel each that is made from two parts. Several small intakes/outlets are dotted around the bay cut-outs, then the door opener mechanism is fixed to the front of the bays to support the large, well-detailed bay doors at the correct angle. There is an ejector-pin mark in the centre of the door that will need some filler, but it’s far enough away from the raised details to make a difference, and with some careful sanding, possibly with a fancy home-made sanding implement, it should disappear pretty quickly. A pair of strakes and arrestor hook are installed under the exhaust with a blade antenna, then the model is flipped onto its own wheels to finish off the cockpit, starting with the nicely detailed ejection seat that is made from six parts and inserted into the empty cockpit, gluing the fixed rear canopy into position, and adding a frame to the interior of the front section, cutting the tabs off the openers if you intend to pose it closed, or inserting them into the groove for the open option. A small detail part is glued into the rear of the cockpit before adding the seat, and a tiny blade antenna fits into an equally small hole in the spine behind the cockpit. The nose cone is split vertically into two halves, and has a probe slotted into the front, and can then be installed opened or closed over the radar sensor panel that fits against the bulkhead in the nose, which has a hinge on which to mount the opened radome. Although it looks like an F-16 by now, there’s lot missing in the rear, which is the next step. The fin is made up from two-sided panels, adding a cap to the top, and the wider base that contains sensors and other avionics, the business end of which are in the rear section under the rudder, which is also a separate part. The sensor gaggle is made from separate small parts that give it the correct look, some of which require holes drilled to locate properly in the rear. The completed assembly slots into two holes in the spine at the rear of the fuselage, taking care to add the correct small parts for your chosen decal option. The elevons are each one part, and they slot into the cups in the rear of the fuselage next to the air-brakes, the interiors of which are well-detailed but you are given no option to pose them open, unless that’s for a later boxing? Moving on, we have a choice of wingtip rails with an adapter, then the flaps can be added to the slots in the trailing edges of the wings by removing the appropriate pair of securing tabs, adding a second layer on the thicker inner edge. That finishes the airframe, leaving the weapons and their pylons, plus a lot of painting left to do. First up are the pylons, which are each made from two halves plus additional parts for sway-braces, Triple-Ejector Rack (TER) outriggers, attachment plates and rear edges. There are a host of weapons, as follows: AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod AAQ-14 Targeting Pod AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting pod ALQ-184 ECM Pod AIM-9M Sidewinder AIM-9X Sidewinder GBU-31 JDAM Bomb AIM-120 AMRAAM Missile 370 Gallon Wing Tank 300 Gallon Centreline Tank GBU-12-49 Paveway II Bomb GBU-24 Paveway III Bomb Each weapon, bomb or pod is made from a number of parts, giving the modeller the opportunity to depict them as little models in their own right, after careful painting and decaling with stencils provided on the sheet. A page of the instructions is devoted to possible load-out diagrams, and another gives an illustration of where the pylons should fit, and an example of the munitions and fuel carried on them. The following page includes a comprehensive painting and stencilling guide for all of them for you to pick out the ones you intend to use. Markings There are five markings options on the decal sheet, each one having its own page, with another page at the rear showing the stencils that are common to all variants. From the box you can build one of the following: Air Policing Baltic States, Ämari Air Base, Estonia, 2016 Royal Netherlands Air Force, EEAW – EPAF Expeditionary Air Wing, Kabul Airport, Afghanistan, Circa 2006 Norwegian Air Force 338 Sky ‘Tiger’, Kabul Airport, Afghanistan, 2006 Royal Danish Air Force Esk 730, Aalborg Air Base, Denmark, 2016 Esquadra 201 ‘Falcões’, Monte Real Air Force Base (Ba.5), Portugal, 2017 The decals are printed on two sheets, separated into those for the aircraft and the weapons, and all have been printed by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion It’s nice to see some Kinetic plastic again, and they seem to have put a lot of work into this tooling, bringing their F-16 offering up to modern standards, with an improved crispness that’s good to see. Look out for more boxing as time goes by, and if you’re UK based, Lucky Model have a new UK based outlet that takes away the chances of being hit by customs charges on the way to your front door. Highly recommended LuckyModel Hong Kong LuckyModel UK LuckyModel US (Available soon) Review sample courtesy of
  8. New boxing for the Kinetic 1/48th F-16A/B NSAWC Adversary - ref. K48004 Block 15 Markings: - NSAWC 04 TOPGUN 90th Anniversary 2009 - NSAWC 60 2006-2009 - NSAWC 53 2004 Decal printed by Cartograf Decal design by FighterTown Decal Model Feature: Training ACMI Pod Related Links Source: http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48004 V.P.
  9. F-16MLU Fighting Falcon Correction/Update sets (For Revell) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The Revell 1.72 F-16 kits are the best out there. Now CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their usual high standards. Gun Bay (7472) Despite the name this does not bring us the main gun bay, but the bay behind where the ammunition drum is housed. As well as the bay, and the drum the outer cover panel is provided. The kit will have to be cut in this asrea. Wheel Bays (7471) This set brings us shockingly enough the main, and front wheel bays. These are direct replacements for the kit parts, just with more detail, the main bay will need to be built up before adding in. Review samples courtesy of
  10. Academy is to release two new variants/boxings from its 1/32nd Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon kit. - ref. 12123 - F-16CG/CJ Fighting Falcon Source: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00012&pCode=9052 - ref. 12123A - KF-16C Fighting Falcon ltd. edition Source: [http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=9060&pCategory=NEWS1 V.P.
  11. Dear All, Tamiya's interpretation of F-16 is an outstanding kit with pretty fine details and easy build. Added only resin ejection seat and PE from Eduard, painted with Mr. Color. The plane stationed in Japan, a few years ago I had the opportunity to see it and walk around at Yokota Air Base (friendship festival). (Some of the static dischargers were broken off, need to replace them.)
  12. All Chilean Air Force's F-16 1:72 & 1:48 - TG Decals TG Decals are a new company to us here at Britmodeller and this is their first sheet for users of the F-16. This sheet covers all F-16s in service in Chile, all the blocks single and twin seaters. There is one decal sheet, and a small sheet of self adhesive reinforcement plates for those Block 30 MLU aircraft. The sheet is not shown, but the placement instructions are. There are good detailed colour instructions and they have included a variety of popular paints in the colour call outs. While some modellers don't like making out tail codes from individual characters, the use like this enables any aircraft to be modelled. The decals are printed in the US so they leave you to guess who with The quality is excellent, they are sharp, in register and have minimal carrier film. The 1/48 sheet is shown for clarity but the 1/72 are just as good. Conclusion An overall great package from TG to model one of the national users of the F-16 not catered for by more mainstream manufacturers. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. F-16 Jet Nozzle for F100-PW Engine (MDR4860 for Tamiya) 1:48 Metallic Details Tamiya’s F-16 in 1:48 is a nice kit, but styrene exhausts can’t rival resin replacements, and when those resin parts have been patterned using SLA 3D printing, there’s no contest. This set arrives in a shallow cardboard box with five dark grey resin parts, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, and a slip of glossy paper with simple instructions printed on them. The detail is phenomenal as usual with Metallic Details sets, and once the casting blocks have been removed, it is a simple task to fit the parts together although painting them realistically will take a little more skill and effort. The inner trunking is capped off with a circular rear face of the engine with a PE afterburner ring glued centrally over the centre boss, then the truck is slipped inside the outer fairing, resting on a small lip within. The superbly thin and detailed set of inner petals are slotted into the front of the fairing against the lip, and the outer petals then slide over the inners, completing the assembly. The key aspect will be the painting, so take care to research the correct shades for each section, as it will make a huge difference and really do the set justice if they are well painted. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Hello! Today I present to you my newest model of Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon in 1/72 scale. The model was created from the Polish MisterCraft set, which is a very weak set. I modified the model and after the modification it has a new pilot's seat, completed gaps in the main landing gear, a new engine nozzle as well as improved geometry and wing mounting. The model received the livery of the 445th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, California, February 2010.
  15. 176th Fighter Squadron F-16C Vipers (ED-32126) 1:32 Euro Decals by Fantasy Printshop Ltd. The 176th Fighter Squadron is part of the 115th Fightr Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard currently flying the Block 30 F-16C Fighting Falcon, although now scheduled to transition to the F-35 in 2023. As well as two standard jets this decal sheet features two specially marked aircraft for the 50th Anniversary (Red tail) and 60th Anniversary (Blue tail) jets. The decals arrive on 1 large A sheet for the markings, both Squadron ones and stencils, quality is first rate with sharpness and colour density both good. Grab yourself a big phantom and you've got the basis for a rather interesting scheme to put on it. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Hi all here is my recently finished 1:48 Italeri F-16 (2786) I finished it in the markings of a Portuguese Air Force F-16AM markings are 20 Years of F-16 in Portuguese Service by Model Maker Decals Mr Hobby Color paints used H305,H306,H307 and H308 For main colours plus Tamiya paints for minor parts An enjoyable build despite some fit issues with the undercarriage Thank you for looking and enjoy Happy Modelling
  17. Hi, Been a while since my last posting. Kind of lost my mojo after I threw the Tamiya Sea Harrier kit away because it just beat me !! .. will start saving for the Kinetic version. In the meantime , found this 1:48 F16 in Home bargains for about £5 but it was the "Thunderbird version " but with an Air National Gaurd option, so here it is. All OOB and the only change was to paint the canopy with a gold tint. Cheap kit and probably not accurate but it looks like a F-16. Main issue was the canopy fit, it was warped so had to use quite a bit of filler to make it fit. Painting the canopy was new and worked better than I thought. Also, got a new airbrush and well happy with it. So much so, I liked using it so much, I managed to cover up all the pre-shading.. Lots of techniques learned and re learned with this cheap kit. Now on the hunt for a decent Lysander Cheers Happy Modelling
  18. All Hellenic Air Force's F-16 1:72 & 1:48 TG Decals TG Decals are a new company to us here at Britmodeller and this is their second sheet for users of the F-16. This sheet covers all F-16s in service in Greece, all the blocks single and twin seaters. There is one decal sheet, a small set of masks for the tail on the 330 Sqn Aircraft, and a small sheet of self adhesive reinforcement plates for those aircraft which received them. There are good detailed colour instructions and they have included a variety of popular paints in the colour call outs. While some modeller don't like making out tail codes from individual characters, the use like this enables any aircraft to be modelled. The decals are printed in the US so they leave you to guess who with The quality is excellent, they are sharp, in register and have minimal carrier film. The masks and reinforcement plates are not pictured, however the instructions for them are. Conclusion An overall great package from TG to model one of the national users of the F-16 not catered for by more mainstream manufacturers. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Turkish Air Force F-16C (K48069) 1:48 Kinetic Model I would pretty much assume that almost all modellers reading this review are familiar with the F-16 Fighting Falcon. It is probably the most used combat aircraft in the world at this time. The F-16 was developed by General Dynamics for the USAF. This was as a result of proposals for an Advanced Day Fighter Concept. Following on from an Air Force study group the idea of a Lightweight Fighter was developed. Certain elements of the Air Force remained hostile to this as it was perceived as a threat to the then F-15 programme. In 1972 General Dynamics was awarded a contract to produce the YF-16. The aircraft introduced numerous innovations in fighter design, including a frameless bubble canopy affording the pilot greater visibility. Air-to-air missiles were mounted on wing tip pylons to free up underwing stations and the central control column was replaced by a side stick controller. The pilots seat was reclined by 30° to reduce G forces. In technological terms the aircraft was one of the first to use fly-by-wire and relaxed stability were by the computers actually flew the aircraft instead of conventional inputs. Like many aircraft the F-16 has developed over the years, probably to point where the original designers would marvel at the difference between the YF-16 and the latest 2 Seat aircraft with external Avionics spines & conformal fuel tanks. It has certainly gone from a Lightweight fighter to a more overweight example, no doubt like a lot of us over the years! It is estimated over 4500 F-16 aircraft have now been produced. The Turkish Air Force like a lot of NATO countries has bought F-16s. Eight Aircraft were purchased from the US with Turkish Aerospace Industries licence building a further 232. TAI have also exported aircraft to Egypt. Turkey is one of only 5 countries to locally produce the F-16. The Kit This is a re-issue of Kinetic's F-16 kit which dates back to 2008 and has seen multiple re-issues since. This edition comes with decals for 3 special schemes used by the Turkish Air Force. Construction begins with the cockpit. The read bulkhead is added to the tub followed by the side instrument panels, the main panel and the side stick controller. We then move to the central air intake duct, the bottom of which also forms the top of the main gear bay. The front and rear bulkheads of the bay are added followed by a fan front part at the rear, it can then it can fitted into the lower fuselage section. We then move to the upper fuselage section. The front part is split to allow single and two seat models to be made from the same tool. The single seater front part is added to the rest of the top and the gun muzzle added. The completed cockpit from earlier can then be added in. The read air brakes are moulded closed, however they can be cut off and positioned open if wanted. The fuselage sections can now be joined up. The main single air intake can now be built up. The bottom of this forms the nose wheel bay. The intake is then surrounded by its outer skin and this can the added to the fuselage. The instructions have the modeller add the nose gear at this point, though I suspect most will do this later. The main gear is also built up and added at this time. Moving to the read of the aircraft the exhaust nozzle is built up and added along with the tail planes. The vertical fin is built up from the fin, its base, and the rudder, along with a separate rear housing. This can then be added. Back to cockpit the seat is built up and added. For the canopy Kinetic have moulded the frame and canopy separate to these will need to be carefully joined. Weapons & Stores Kinetic gives us basically 4 sprues which deal mainly with weapons and under wing stores. We get A centre line tank, two wing tanks, AIM-120s, AIM-9Ms, AGM-65s, GBU-38s, GBU-31;, GBU-12's, GBU-24s; as well as an AAQ-29 & AN/AAQ-13. While the Turkish Air Force use of some of these weapons, they dont use them all, and there use on the special schemes is doubtful, the modeller will have to do their research to check. Markings The new decal sheet has be designed by Crossdelta and printed by cartograf so there should be no issues there. The sheet gives 3 special schemes as worn by he Turkish Air Force. 143 Sqn from 2007 20th Ann of Turkish F-16 Operations. The aircraft has a striking red fin & tanks as seen on the box art. 143 Sqn, this was the second special scheme, similar to the red one but using blue. 132 Sqn, aircraft as seen at "Anatolian Eagle 2015" in Konya, Turkey. You can find a colour copy of the instructions and profiles here, although the product hasn't yet been added to the product listing on the Kinetic website. Conclusion This is still a good F-16 and its great to see decals for other users of the F-16, and these special schemes do look good. Recommended. In association with
  20. Hi guys. I want to show you my latest build, it´s Kinetics 1:72 F-16D in polish colors. Poland operates a total of 50 F-16C/D, two of them as instructional airframe for ground crew training. The F-16D Jastrzab, Hawk in english, was special painted in this discreet scheme for the Nato Tiger Meet 2011. The Kinetic kit fits well but got not the same quality as Tamiya. I used some extra stuff from Attack Squadron (nozzle, wheels, sniper pod), Quickboost (seats) and Decals from Techmod. The model is mainly painted with Gunze Colors. Daniel
  21. Sadly not a full WIP build just wanted to share this quick build in it's current state. Been wanting to do an F-16 ever since I got back into the hobby over the last year and snapped this up on Amazon for £6 recently, never built a Hasegawa kit before so didn't quite know what to expect. It's not a bad kit but does have it's flaws, few fit issues to contend with..especially with the main landing gear! The supplied decals were just awful though! Pretty much unusable so I decided to order Daco's Belgium Air Force 349 Squadron from Hannants just to have something different, two pics below.. ...I'm still very much a novice at all this right now so quite new to after market decals, and certainly had issues with the tail fin! But I'm quite happy with it so far. First time spraying from a can using the blu-tac worm technique too (practicing for the 1/48 Tornado going on at the moment!) which I've just about got the hang of I think. Will post more pics soon, thanks for looking!
  22. Kinetic is to release a new (revised?) boxing from it's Fighting Falcon, the 1/48th Lockheed-Martin F-16A/B Fighting Falcon RoCAF 70th Tiger Wing (Hualien AB) - ref.48055 Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/photos/a.150625411771245.1073741825.129238860576567/529182953915487/?type=3&theater Box art + decals http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48055 Or repackaging of ref.48011 with new decals? V.P.
  23. I have zero knowledge on these kits, so if I wanted to build a single seat and/or twin seat 16 which kit would be the one to go for. I know it doesn't help knowing what Air Force I'd build but probably not Israeli. I've done a search on ebay and found some really expensive £150-160! Single seat - Academy, Tamiya & Hasegawa Twin seat - AFV club Any advice appreciated.
  24. Just picked this kit up over the weekend. I will be using the kit decals and loading it up for bear using stuff from a Hasegawa F-16CJ kit. So far I've done some upgrading work to the kit seat. Original seat on the left and upgraded one on the right. I'll most likely add seatbelts in due course. Mark
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