General Dynamics F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling reports of old Revell kit
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|A very old Revell kit was made.
The kit, no. 04318 dates from 1988 and was based on the first released
kit #H-222-3800 (seen here...) but
got some changes like a one piece shaped canopy. It also got a new additional
sprue with a new tail, new seat and larger stabilizers.
The title "Dutch Special" refers to a special scheme and the included decals for a Royal Netherlands Air Force demo aircraft, coded "J-253"
(the decals, of which I have 2 sets, will be used for another KLu F-16A demo aircraft model in the future).
In this release the sprues with goodies such as engine, its transport dolly and pulling tractor are still included. But the old stores in the kit are almost unusable and better replaced. If you have several kits these is no problem.
The kit has also a good looking intake and the option to set the rear air brakes open. But they look a bit crude and better set closed.
Panel lines are engraved though a
bit thick do not look bad.
This kit was made as an F-16A
Block 15 OCU aircraft as delivered to the Indonesian
Air Force TNI-AU (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara)
with first delivery of 12 aircraft being probably in 1990 under the program
"Peace Bima Sena".
It was decided to make the old model but with a few refinements:
- the kit vertical tail was still replaced by a spare one from the new Revell F-16 MLU kit #04612 with long parachute fairing. It looked slightly better;
- the new horizontal stabilizer in the kit looks to be undersize and a bit thick; they were replaced with spare ones from a Hasegawa F-16 kit;
- the ventral fins (parts #49,50) were replaced by spares from a Hasegawa kit that looks finer and better;
- the wheels of the kit are very basic with multiple parts enabling these to "rotate". They were replaced by much better spare wheels such as wheels #46 from a MLU F-16 kit;
- wing pylons came from spares from a Hasegawa kit; the kit parts are very basic and the kit fuel tank is a very different shape.
- a new spare ejection seat was to be set in place;
- the pitot tube was replaced and made of a metal needle;
- the engine was not installed, only the exhaust.
The model was for the rest assembled.
Filler was needed in many places but it can all be sanded smooth.
I used these acrylics to be
Before applying the second colour, masking was done for which I used Revell Masking Film and low tack tape.
The landing gears were installed but with better spare wheels from other F-16 kits.
The single piece kit canopy has a slight smoke sheen and looks good. Part of the frame was painted black. It was to be set closed. The tiny gaps were filled with white glue and painted when dried.
The model now got prior to decalling a gloss coat to avoid "silvering". I airbrushed a thinned Johnson Future/ Pledge applied in a few coats but you can also use your oww preferred method off course.
The AZTEC decals 72-028 were put onto
the model. There appears not to be a lot of stencilling but there are a
few very dark walkways.
At all trailing edges fine static dischargers were added made from fishing wire (that were painted black).
The model got a semi-gloss varnish end coat with the airbrush with my usual technique... The canopy was masked off when this was applied.
A nice F-16A model of TNI-AU was completed. (Another one will be made from an ESCI F-16B sporting the "Blue Spot" colour scheme in the future).
The Indonesian Air Force was first established in 1946 after the end of the Second World War when Indonesia fought a war to gain independence being a former Dutch kolony. Nationalists under leadership of Sukarno used a few Japanese abandoned aircraft during the first stages of the war end 1945 till 1947. The war was known by the Dutch as "politionele acties". Under United Nations and American pressure Indonesia gained independence in 1949 (except West Papua New Guinea) and many Dutch air force aircraft were transferred to the new Indonesia Air Force under and agreement like P-51's, C-47's, B-25 and others. The first jet aircraft was purchased being the British De Havilland DH-115 Vampire. Relations with the Soviet Union were tightened and MiG aircraft were received like a few MiG-15 UTI trainers, MiG-17F/PF, MiG-19 and supersonic MiG-21 F13 fighters.
In 1965 Suharto did a putch and came into power with his generals, ending the tight Soviet relations. The air force got Western types like the F-86 Sabre, T-33 trainers and OV-10 Bronco's from the USA. In 1970s, Hawker Siddeley Hawks were purchased. In the 1980s other types were second hand A-4 Skyhawks and F-5 Tigers. Various transport aircraft and helicopters were also used including Fokker F-27's and later C-130 Hercules.
Beginning 1990s followed 12 second hand F-16A/B aircraft and even half a dozen Russian Sukhoi Flankers despite a arms boycot in 2003. Bad economic conditions grounded many aircraft in the air force fleet. In 2010 the USA agreed to deliver another 24 ex-USAF F-16 Block 32 aircraft. Other newer aircraft were also ordered and delivered such as Korean T-50 jet trainers. It is expected that more Sukhoi SU-35 Flankers will follow. The airforce has a large variety of aircraft with over 37,000 personnel and a dozen air bases spread over the large archipel.
F-16A Block 15 OCU of TNI-AU
A very nice scene on an Indonesian
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