General Dynamics / Lockheed F-16 in 1/72 scale: kit review & modelling reports of HASEGAWA kits
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The basic F-16B kit of Hasegawa was also released as an early F-16D in several releases I believe. My kit no.815 was from 1987.
It has decals for two a bit dull standard F-16 grey schemes :
(1) USAF std.scheme F-16D of 13 TFS / 432 TFW PACAF , tail code MJ of Misawa AFB, Japan
(2) USAF std.scheme F-16D 312 TFTS of 58 TFW, tail code LF , Luke AFB
and the parts layout:
The basic construction is the same as the other 1/72 scale Hasegawa kits but there are a few new parts in the sprues to cater for the later version -D: similar numbered parts #20 + #21 for the thick base vertical tail and another exhaust pipe #A2 for the GE engine; but here are no thick bulge wheel doors, so the kit is for an early block F-16D with only the initial small type intake provided.
I opted to make an early Turkish Air Force F-16D Block 30B with the General Electric F110 engine using part #A2 and small intake. Turkey got several of these with serials 86-0191 up to 86-0196. Also other F-16D's were delivered with serials 87-002, 003 and 88-0013.
I saw such an aircraft during an Open Day in The Netherlands probably in the 1980s, my photo is seen here:
So no kit conversion is needed. The Turkish markings decals came from spare decals from the ESCI F-16A kit #9041 released in 1985. I got these decals from my modelling friend Bas. The serial was compositioned from various numbers in the spares box.
The rest of the kit assembly was straight forward. When readied, the model got a base grey coat first. Often I airbrush Revell Aqua 75 "Steingrau" for this. Any surface imperfections were restored with putty and sanding.
Next followed the standard
NATO F-16 Federal Standard colours of lower surfaces FS36375 (airbrushing Gunze Sangyo H308
FS36270 (using Gunze H306), and aft upper areas FS36118 (using Gunze
H305) with the airbrush. White on bays and undercarriage parts.
I added a couple of standard 370 gallon tanks. Also a few CBU-87 bombs on the outher pylons, these came from the Hasegawa Weapons set #5. Cockpit seats came from the kit but harnesses were added from tape and other bits.
Some 15 static dischargers as standard fitted on F-16's were refined and made from fishing line and installed. A final semi-gloss varnish coat was also airbrushed on top in a few thin layers.
The two seat canopy was to be set open on this model. Inside the canopy 2x2 handles were added and the raising extension bar was made from a metal needle and a section was painted black. The nose pitot was made from a metal needle and at the right side a second pitot (missing in the kit) was added as fitted aft of the radar nose from scrap.
That completed the F-16D Block 30B of the "Türk Hava Kuvvetleri" (more Air Force info here...)
F-16D Block 30B
and model set in a scenery...
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