F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling reports of KINETIC F-16D kits
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I purchased a couple of KINETIC F-16D Block 52+ kits no. #K72002
in 1/72 scale.
52 deliveries were limited to a few air forces. It has a two seat
very advanced systems and weapons, a spine on top of the fuselage and
Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT's) fitted for extra range. The intake is the
small one but the engine is an upgraded Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-229.
Some air forces that
use this F-16D block type are Israel with the F-16I SUFA first flown
2003, Poland, Greece, Singapore and Pakistan. More
The KINETIC kit
The correct smaller original type
air intake is in the kit (for the updated Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-229
engine with 29,000 lbs of thrust). (its wide is about 17 mm in 1/72
scale). The appropriate exhaust is simple, has no internal detail but there
is a deep pipe with afterburner ring moulded.
The plastic parts are in different colours.
The kit looks a bit rough in areas with some deep panel lines for 1/72 scale but shapes look good for a more advanced F-16 Viper.
The instructions in my kit were A5
format and rather small but I understand later kits had A4 sized instructions.
Colours are indicated in Fed.Std FS numbers for each (detail) part in the
kit instructions. The instructions though have some smaller errors and
do e.g not indicate some alternative parts although they are provided in
the kit and seen on the sprues! Part numbers are not seen on the sprue layout drawing. So modelling your particular desired Block
62 F-16D will need studying real F-16D photos to see what is needed.
The instructions are very unclear at particularly the undercarriage assembly. So you will need some "F-16 modelling experience" or check photos (such as on my own F-16 Walkaround...).
There are only 6 sprues indicated in the parts layout but there are more sprues for the stores with pylons, bombs and missiles like the GBU-24, ALQ-14, ALQ-13, IRIS-T (for Poland F-16D). Some of these are welcome indeed. But no advanced AIM-9X Sidewinders are provided. The later style correct LAU-129 missile wing tip lauch rails are provided though.
(NOTE: the F-16I SUFA kit #72001
has another extra sprue with specific parts and also some stores like a
Python missile and some special Israeli sensor pods).
Take care as there are 2 sprues labelled B !
The fuselage looks good with also the lower mostly standard chaff flare dispensers well engraved in front of the air brakes between stabilizers and wing trailing edge.
The typical large fairing / spine on top of the fuselage is separate and made of a few parts and can be installed (or left off for other block F-16's).
The cockpit is small and has raised detail on the side consoles and instrument panels. The ejection seats have no harnesses but look good when some detail is added.
The two separate Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT) to be fitted onto the center fuselage are nicely provided as separate parts as well and can be fitted or left off as desired.
The long range 600 gallons larger under wing fuel tanks are also nicely provided in the kit with slightly different pylons with an angle at the rear; these tanks are often used on later Block F-16's including Israeli F-16I SUFA. (but in this Kinetic kit no standard 370 gallon tanks with their pylons are included so source these from other F-16's kits if needed).
The real F-16 Block 52 had a beefed up landing gear as the aircraft is heavier than earlier blocks. The landing gear in the kit has correctly bulged main doors though on the parts not very noticeable and also slightly thicker main wheels though they seem still a bit too thin.
The lower wing halves show large ejector pin marks, these definitely need filler! The static dischargers on the trailing edges are rather thick, so better replace these; I cut them off and made them from thin fishing line at the final finishing stage.
Decals are well printed by Cartograf
and are in this release #K72002 for two air force markings:
The fuselage parts with the integrally moulded upper wing were warped. Probably their sprues in my kit came out of the moulding machine too fast. Some bending will solve this. There is some flash on tiny edges on some parts but a file and X-acto knife quickly deals with this.
(A few KINETIC F-16D models will be made, also for Greece / Hellas and Pakistan, see later update on page 14...).
I started with a F-16D Block 52 of SINGAPORE
using other after market decals.
Some general notes on assembly
Parts have rather thick sprue attachment gates so use a razor saw to seperate the parts from the sprues.
STEP 4, 5
Do not yet fit any undercarriage parts
to avoid damage. The main gear legs are one part #C5, I separated the legs
in order to fit the lower belly part #A6. Always set these on at a final
Fill and sand the awkward ejector pin marks on the lower wing. Also fill any pylon holes if you don't fit pylons and their stores.
The central pylon does not fit very
well. Part A6 will be fitter when scraped off a bit on it's inside.
> for a Greek Hellenic or Pakistan F-16D parts #D23, #D24 are not applicable;
> for a Polish F-16D parts #D23, #D24 look applicable so to be fitted;
> for Singapore F-16D parts #D23, #D24 sensors are applicable and thus fitted on the F-16D block 52 model;
The aft horizontal stabilizers look a bit "rough" but look better after removal of the thick static dischargers; these will be replaced and made finer at a final stage.
The aft exhaust part #D35 and its rear fuselage section joint results in a big step. So a lot of sanding is needed here. The exhaust itself for the upgraded Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-229 looks a bit simple but painting can improve how it looks.
The large fuselage spine fits OK onto the fuselage but there is an ugly gap/ ridge on top. Fill and sand. Also check out the particular antenna layout and intake scoop configuration on your desired F-16D for your desired air force. The rear part #F3 varies! Part #F2 is also supplied on the sprues and applicable for e.g. a Greek Hellenic F-16D which seems a sort of sensor.
The tail fairings #F4, #F5 are also
not standard; for a Greek only one part to be fitted on the right side,
Singapore or Pakistan F-16D not applicable at all! So fill the locator
STEP 9... yes again and mislabelled...
Shown are the larger Israeli underwing 600 gallon long range fuel tanks. The fuel tank pylons parts #B20 are not the standard ones. So when you want a particular F-16D of an air force with the standard tanks, source the standard 370 gallon fuel tanks and pylons from another F-16 kit (like from Revell or Hasegawa).
Also check if the intake pods like the AN/ALQ-13 and ALQ-14 and fairings are applicable for your desired air force F-16. For my SINGAPORE model I will keep the configuration rather "clean". Some white glue will close any gaps.
When the overall assembly was ready, some limited amounts of filler / putty were surprisingly only needed. I used some on the nose, the upper spine, intake and the wing-root gaps. Tiny gaps were filled with white glue.
The model got now a coat of grey base coat with the airbrush to check for any flaws. Often I airbrush thinned simple Revell Aqua acrylic 75 "steingrau". Any left errors were corrected. Some work was still needed on the spine!
But, generally a kit that needed remarkably
only a little putty when assembled carefully.
The first Kinetic F-16D Block 52 model was finished as SINGAPORE AF aircraft and kept rather clean. It has indeed the advanced Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-229 engine with still the small style air intake, fuselage spine but often not the CFT's.
Standard 370 gallon fuel tanks are not in the Kinetic kit, so nice ones were retrieved from a Revell F-16 kit.
The upper spine of STEP 8 was obviously installed (but later I saw that I forgot to reposition the smaller antenna on top; it should be moved more aft in front of the vertical tail). Also, sometimes a sort of scoop intake is seen at the left side of the spine. No parachute is fitted probably so use indeed Kinetic part #F3 at the tail base fairing end.
I fitted no intake side sensor pods (though they are in the kit). The lower chaff flare dispensers are also often installed in front of the air brakes between stabilizers and wing trailing edge. The cockpit interior was painted medium grey but also large parts in black and this is a night mission capable F-16.
I purchased decals from Miliverse, set MV-72004-2 for RSAF 425 FS Black Widows issued. Because of Program Peace Carvin II - 20th Anniversary, two RSAF F-16Ds got applied coloured tail flash designs. The scheme choosen was for a Singapore air force aircraft used for training as based in the USA at Luke AFB. The aircraft is the flagship of the no.425 Fighter Squadron.
The decals are really good though not cheap but Milliverse
really does its homework (their website is: http://www.miliverse.com/index.html
The colour scheme indicated is rather standard F-16 and was applied with Gunze Sangyo acrylic paints airbrushed, with...
FS36270 using Gunze Sangyo H306 on
lower fins, radarnose and spine, wing tip advanced launchers;
This required some simple masking while applying these colours. The wing and stabilizer leading edges often have a FS36270 coloured stripe (this is a decal in the set).
The upper vertical tail got a white
undercoat for the flagship scheme.
The model got first a gloss undercoat
before the decals were set using my
The installment of the undercarriage is unclear from the instructions. See my previous made models and "your own F-16 gear assembly experience".
The gears and wheel bays were painted white and got a wash. Also some engraved fuselage panels got a wash (using PROMODELLER wash).
The some 15 static dischargers (that were first removed as too thick) were added made from thin fishing wire and painted dark grey when dried.
The outboard wing pylons were set in place, but without weapons, only the other fuel tanks. The model was kept "unarmed", used for training only.
The nose pitot was made from a metal
needle and the right side pitot aft of the nose installed. Some store braces were added, made from thin wire, on the pylons.
Anti-collision lights were painted red and blue.
The model finally got a semi-matt coat.... . This gives an even sheen and looks realistic.
The ejection seats got harnesses with straps and belts from tape and set in place. The HUD is the Detractive Optics (DO) type, I used the kit part.
[ area: 721 km2 | capital: Singapore | population: 5,6 million | GDP nominal USD 61,000 per capita ]
an island city state republic and became independent from
Britain in 1963. The Singapore air defense command was established in 1968 and was
renamed air force in 1975. Before that the defense relied on British forces.
The first jet aircraft were Hawker Hunters delivered in the 1970s. Also
BAC Strikemasters and A-4 Skyhawks followed in 1973 and even the SIAI S.211
jet trainer was used as in the eighties the air force was given a big boost.
In 1980 the first F-5E Tigers were acquired so Hunters could be transferred
to a ground attack role.
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