F-16 Fighting Falcon in 1/72 scale
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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...


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For the F-16A, the Hasegawa kit no.1193 of the "F-16A Plus" was used to make an early block Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) F-16A. The kit is very fine with recessed panellines and has quite good detail in smaller parts. 

It can be made straight out of the box. It has the larger stabilizer that soon became standard on the F-16. But the version is the old F-16 as also used by the KLu but still before the MLU upgrade program: so no external strengthening stiffeners on the fuselage and no advanced IFF antenna fairings in front of the canopy. The vertical tail is the standard one without parachute fairing; this is usually standard on USAF aircraft. 

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.

  KLu  40 jaar 316 squadron, 1993


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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).

The kit Royal Netherlands Air Force roundels are too light so unusable. The canopy has no "loose frame" is provided, so the only option is to set it closed. Note that the canopy part to be integrated with the upper fuselage is separate in a sprue, another sprue is in the F-16A single seater kit...

This kit has the older style smaller horizontal stabilizers so a Block 1, 5,10.
I modified the stabilizers to get the later larger style ones with card and putty. Otherwise, the kit is OK for one of the first KLu F-16B Block 15.

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.

I later added a couple of fuel tanks from a Hasegawa kit that look better than the ESCI kit tanks. 


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.




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The 1/72 Matchbox kit was also made more than 25 years ago. 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. 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. 

The model was made 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 transparant Tamiya paint X-24 "clear yellow". 

This kit has the older 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).

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-16CCV 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 
- Camouflage en kentekens op vliegtuigen van de Nederlandse strijdkrachten, Greuter et al., Bonneville uitgevery, Bergen, 1997 [Dutch]
- Dutch IPMS Nederland magazine MIP, several issues
- My own F-16 Walk around Page here....
- IPMS THE NETHERLANDS   NedMil F-16 Info pages....

- 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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Created this page July 28, 2001
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