General Dynamics F-16 prototypes and experimentals in 1/72 scale : building reports
On this page some typical F-16 prototypes and experimentals during development of this aircraft.
The first F-16 flew "by accident" during a high-speed taxi test on 20 January 1974. The test pilot, Phil Oestricher, decided to lift off to avoid crashing and safely landed with some damage few minutes later. The YF-16's first supersonic flight was in February 1974, and the second YF-16 prototype first flew May 1974.
say that the initial F-16's prototypes were "90%" scale of the later F-16
variants. I never saw how that could be true. F-16's later developed got
modified and became heavier, but these modifications were in various areas.
Not a straight 90 > 100% upscale. New stabilizers, thicker noses, updated
wings and engines and much more like new systems were applied but that
depends on the particular F-16 version. Yes, later F-16's were very different
than the prototypes but not simply "scaled up".
First the prototype was tackled as
I had a very old Revell F-16 kit in the stash (a F-16 CCV will also be
It was decided to simply do a rather
"straight out of the box" or read: "back to basics" build. Make the kit
using current techniques, but otherwise just simply accept any faults and
inaccuracies. Just for fun here to go back to old days.
The old kit was simply assembled.
Surprisingly the fit was not at all that bad! The inner engine parts were
not installed during step 3, only the engine fan #15. In step 4 the speedbrakes
were set closed. The tailhook was set retracted. The main wheels were replaced
by spares from the F-16A Plus as well as the nose wheel.
Next, a base white coat was applied with the airbrush, using Revell Aqua white #301 acrylic.
The most difficult part is applying
the F-16 paint scheme for "07515". This serial number looks incorrect and
hypothetical, but it was used anyway for this "back to basic" build. The
main effort that took "modern days" techniques was using a fine
airbrush and masking tape and... a lot of patience.
The completed F-16 Prototype model
is seen here......
Also a F-16 CCV will be made... (Interested in American prototype aircraft? Have a look here... )
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References on F-16 aircraft:
- see F-16 1/32 info page here.....
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