General Dynamics F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling report of various kits!
The F-16 was issued as a model in 1/72 scale with numerous kits, even way back in 1979. Revell came first with a kit with Dutch AF markings, a detailed engine and a large number of "stores".
More extensive info can be found about the real F-16 can be found on my 1/32 scale F-16 pages here...
VARIOUS 1/72 SCALE F-16 MODELS OF MANY AIR FORCES:
page 1 : Royal Netherlands Air Force KLu, F-16A Block 15Y, F-16B Block 10 and Block 15
HASEGAWA KIT F-16A PLUS
Colours are overall standard NATO scheme of greys Federal Standard FS 36118, 36270 and 36375. Various model paint brands can be used here. (In the early days I used enamels, later on I switched to Gunze Sangyo acrylic paints).
Decals for this model came from the kit but also Dutch Decal set 72024 and depicts an early KLu F-16A coded "J-142" is of 316 squadron, RNeth AF based at Gilze Rijen in 1993. It has the 40th anniversary scheme as of April 1, 1993. You will need to correct the bird of prey ("kiekendief") head emblem of 316 squadron by adding some colour. This aircraft is an early F-16A block 15Y and the initial vertical tail configuration is the USAF standard one without parachute fairing.
The small pitot aft of the nose at the right side is missing in the kit, this can be easily made from scrap. Other details are replaced thinner static dischargers made of painted fishing line and a metal pitot. Some REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT tags were also added and a thin HUD glass.
For the dual seater F-16B, the ESCI kit #9028 was used released in 1983. Although not very fine, for that time it was the only reasonable dual seater kit in 1/72 of the F-16 apart from the very rough Matchbox kit issued in the same years (see below). It is an early Block aircraft.
The early style correct
LAU-114 missile wing tip launch rails as used on the first Block F-16's
are provided and integrally moulded with the wing parts. The model is Royal Netherlands Air
Force F-16B coded "J-210" of 313 squadron in which a temporary paint
scheme was applied with green horse shoes and pink dots hand painted with a brush
over the overall standard NATO scheme of greys FS 36118, 36270 and 36375.
Canopy was set closed. The various static dischargers were also added as well as the pitot tube on the right side aft of the nose.
The 1/72 Matchbox kit #PK-122 was released more than 40 years ago in 1978. It was issued as an F-16A/B so optional could be made as a single or two seater. This is a very basic kit but at the time I believe the first kit with a choice to make a "two seater".
Surface detail was very sparse, but at least no "deep trenches" are there. At the time modellers were happy with it as it was the first "two seater" 1/72 scale F-16 model.
This kit has the old style small horizontal stabilizers as first old F-16 block 1 up to block 10 aircraft were initially delivered to the Royal Netherlands air force (KLu). So this is correct for an early Klu F-16B block 1 with the standard USAF like tail with no extended fairing. (note: all surviving KLu aircraft were later upgraded and got new stabilizers and also extended tail fairings for the parachute pack).
The model was made by me ages ago. The canopy was set closed as no "loose canopy frame" is provided in the kit, so that is the only option. I also added two pilots. Some F-16B canopies have the forward section yellow/gold tinted, so this was done with transparent Tamiya paint X-24 "clear yellow". That paint was for me very expensive at the time!
I added the static dischargers from thin stretched sprue and the small pitot aft of the nose at the right side. Some decals came from both the kit but also IPMS Nederland sets. (note that decals are a bit vague now due to their age and sun light exposure...)
The model is still in the collection
but at the "bottom shelf".
Also the early F-16 prototype and the F-16 CCV were made. Check out the separate page about some older F-16 prototypes and experimentals....
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References on Dutch AF F-16 aircraft
- Dutch IPMS Nederland magazine MIP, several issues
- My own F-16 Walk around Page here....
- IPMS THE NETHERLANDS NedMil F-16 Info pages....
- IPMS THE NETHERLANDS F-16 Walk around
- F-16, 25 jaar in dienst van de KLu, C. van Gent en J.L. Bosma , De Alk, 2004 (in Dutch)
References NATO F-16:
- "Uncovering the Lockheed F-16 A/B/C/D", Danny Coremans, DACO publications, 2001
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