F-2 model in 1/32 scale: modelling report and conversion by Meindert de Vreeze
Conversion from F-16 kit
This kit will be extensively be converted into a Japanese F-2 fighter. So let's start....
The F-2 is intended
to be the latest generation fighter for the JASDF as companion of the currently
used F-15J's. Starting in the nineteen nineties, the Japanese aircraft
industry started to develop their own fighter, using expertise of General
Dynamics/Lockheed on the F-16. Mitsubishi acted as main contractor.
The now called F-2 has a lot of under wing pylons that can carry Japanese missiles and standard US ordnance. First flight was in 1995. The F-2 has a good performance but the project had lots of problems and cost overruns. At the end of 2004 it was decided by the Japanese Government that the number of F-2's that will be put into service will be much lower than originally envisaged.
Some 60 F-2 aircraft are operated by the JASDF (as of 2019).
(including the tip launchers) is 11.13 m, length 15.52 m.
As a reference for the conversion
I obtained the 1/72 kit of the F-2 of Hasegawa number E15. It is
a state of the art kit for this scale and can be used a check up model
for the larger 1/32 model based on the Revell
F-16 kit to be made.
The F-2 fuselage has an extra frame
in the rear fuselage.
The extra fuselage length is here one frame, being 11 mm in 1/32 scale.
can be seen the added card for strength inside the rear fuselage.
The Hasegawa F-16 kit's intake is much better and sharper moulded that the one of the Revell kit so this is an improvement indeed. Also, the main wheel bay is also much better and will be used as it is integrally moulded on the intake ducting of the Hasegawa kit.
It can be seen here. A small part
of the Revell intake was still needed on the side of tha main gear bay.
This was cut-off and installed.
The section added has the dimensions
as een in the picture, measurement in millimeters (mm).
Nose wheel bay can be used as supplied
for the F-16.
The F-2 cockpit section is also changed
compared to the F-16, with a 3 piece canopy and the cockpit is also slightly
more forward in the fuselage. A cut was made, some material removed. The
rear section of the F-16 cockpit canopy can be used. Of the main canopy,
the rear part can be used. A new windscreen is needed however that is more
straight curved (will be done later on)
The stabilizers of the F-2 are also
much larger than those of the F-16. The F-16 parts can be used as a basis
however, supplemented with again pieces of plastic card. An 8 mm wide root
section was added, the tip section trailing edge was sanded in a triangular
Filling and sanding gives the correct larger stabilizers.
The F-16 vertical tail can seen with a thin base section (at the older F-16A's) or a thick base. The thick section tail is normally used on the later variants of the F-16, from the F-16C onwards.
The F-2 tail is similar to the later
F-16C tail. The kit's tail however does not have the long parachute fairing
as seen in also in for example the actual F-16C. As I had a spare
1/32 scale Hasegawa vertical tail of the F-16C with a thick lower base,
I used that part. The fairing at the rear was extended with card, filler
and sanding was needed off course.
Below, the forward windscreen can
be seen made using a spare part from the spares box. (note: It can also
be made from a simple straight curved section of clear plastic acetate
Also, at the wing leading edges, 2
small fairings (I think for ECM antennas) were added from a piece of plastic
rod and sanded in shape.
on to F-2 PAGE ......
LAST UPDATE OCTOBER 29, 2005
- 50 years of JASDF, MOOK, mr. Tokunaga, Aoki, Matsuzaki, ISBN 4-87149-627-9: has splendid colour pictures!
- The Hasegawa kit of the F-2 in 1/72 or 1/48 scale
- Air International volume 52 page 145-150
- World Air Power journal 39, pages 40-50
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