General Dynamics 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.
Real F-16D Block
52 deliveries were limited to a few air forces. It has a two seat cockpit,
very advanced systems and weapons, a spine on top of the fuselage and often
Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT's) fitted for extra range. Some air forces that
use this F-16D block type are Israel with the F-16I SUFA first flown end
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 panellines for 1/72 scale but it's shape looks good and is the only 1/72 injection moulded plastic kit 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! Building your particular desired Block
62 F-16D will need studying real F-16D photos to see what is needed.
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
Parts have some thick sprue attachment gates so use a razor saw to seperate the parts from the sprues.
The long two seat canopy is untinted
and its sprue is not packed in a separate bag, so my canopy was scratched!
Polishing is thus needed.
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) are nicely provided as separate parts as well and can be fitted or left off. Unfortunately only the larger Israeli underwing 600 gallon fuel tanks are in the kit, so not the standard fuel tanks.
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 not very obvious 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; cut them off and make them from thin fishing line as a 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 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. I started with a F-16D Block 52 of SINGAPORE
using other after market decals.
Some general notes on assembly
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.
The central pylon does not fit very
well. Part A6 will be fitter when scraped off a bit on it's inside.
I think that sensor stubs...
The aft horizontal stabilizers look a bit "rough" but can be used after removal of the 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 looks a bit simple but painting can improve the 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...
Only the larger Israeli underwing 600 gallon fuel tanks are provided. 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.
Also check if the intake pods like the AN/ALQ-13 and ALQ-14 and fairings are applicable for your F-16. Some white glue will close any gaps. For the Greece Hellenic F-16D the intake pods used but e.g for a Pakistan F-16D French pods were purchased and these are different. For my SINGAPORE model I will keep the configuration rather "clean".
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.
A few KINETIC F-16D models will
A Singapore F-16D Block 52 model was made 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 were retrieved from a Revell F-16 kit. No parachute is fitted probably so use indeed Kinetic part #F3 at the tail base fairing end.
The upper spine 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.
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.
I purchased decals from Milliverse, set MV-72004-2 for RSAF 425 FS Black Widows issued because of Program Peace Carvin II - 20th Anniversary, with two RSAF F-16Ds 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 undercarraige 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 static dischargers (that were first removed as too thick) were added made from thin fishing wire that were 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. 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 a harness with straps and belts from tape and set in place.
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