General Dynamics F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling reports of TAMIYA kits
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a brand new kit was released by TAMIYA of JAPAN
in 1/72 scale. I was unaware of these (thinking these were Italeri re-pops),
but it turned out they were real TAMIYA engineered kits so I purchased a few.
THIS IS A FIRST IMPRESSION
TAMIYA picked for these kits the F-16 CJ Block 50 that was an upgraded "MLU like" USAF F-16C block 50 with the General Electric GE F110 engine rear section and exhaust. So the kit has also the wider style "big mouth" intake (its wide is about 20 mm in 1/72 scale).
The kit looks very good and
was released in two packages:
(2) No. 60788: the same
kit called "with full equipment" that comprise additional stores so not only
two AIM-9M Sidewinder and two AIM-120C AMRAAM but also:
The instructions are fine and
there is also a separate F-16 history information sheet which is nice. It
shows the main F-16 variations.
Most sprues with parts are common.
Two ejection ACES seats are in the kit as parts (it suggests also that TAMIYA
will issue later on a dual as the forward upper fuselage is a separate part).
The decals are common in
both packages and comprise three USAF schemes:
The cockpit is small but looks
good with instrument panels with raised details and HUD seems to be the later
style one. There is also a fine pilot figure in the kit.
The surface engraving with fine recessed panels looks great. There is even a loose separate panel at the upper right fuselage next to the vertical tail. (though I do not know why..). The RWR fairings on the nose sides are on separate parts 3A13, a14.
The insides of gear bays and wheel looks very good. The GE F110 engine exhaust pipe is one part, is deep but has no rear afterburner ring moulded inside. The lower outside shape ("a somewhat big oval") looks based on the 1/32 Tamiya F-16 kit research and so not more circular shaped.
The wing has two halves so needs carefull setting the dihedral but I am sure the fit is positive and will be great. (the wing halves for the kit with "full equipment" has holes to fit the different pylons; the basic kit has no pylons so no holes in the lower wing.
Great that TAMIYA has released
this F-16 CJ kit in 1/72 scale. Several kits will be made, so....
Assembly started following the kit instructions.
STEPs 7, 8
The intake tunnel is deep enough.
There is an insert with parts H2, H3 but unused parts are also in the kit
to fit the small auxiliary intakes at the sides (but not used for this
Now some basic checking is done for the overall assembly. It looks great and it seems no filler / putty is needed.
The vertical tail is one of
other parts still to be fitted but the rear and lower base fairing depends
on the particular F-16 air force model to be made, so still awaits deciding.
I feel the kink between the lower F-16C tail base and upper tail is a bit
"too pronounced / too sharp". Maybe I will sand it a bit more flush.
Some parts were give a base
white coat like the insides of the doors, undercarriage struts and so on
while still on their sprues. Also the main gear bay got a first white coat
with the airbrush.
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