General Dynamics F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling report of REVELL kits
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Revell also issued several kits for the F-16C.
The F-16C block 50/52 was also issued by Revell in 2002 as kit #04633. The F-16C is the later version after the F-16A/B and has for example a vertical tail with a longer and thicker base. The quickest way to recognize a F-16C is the antenna on the vertical tail dorsal fin. More info on the F-16 version page here....
The part layout diagram for the F-16C
is seen here... and
This nice Revell F-16C kit has some of the specific features through an extra sprue of parts for this variant like:
- wing leading edge ECM antennas parts
- the canopy is clear so not tinted as seen on many F-16's. Check photos and use transparant paint as required.
Also in this nice kit...
The panellines are great but the upper fuselage again has the same 2 halves as for the F-16A (so slightly different engraved panel lines are not incorporated).
In steps 25 to 29, check the particular F-16C to be modelled and if smaller parts are needed. For example, the air scoops #106 and #104 are not always standard.
Decals in this kit are for:
The kit will be made as a Poland F-16C using after market decals.
The F-16C block 50/52 described above was also issued in a nice kit by Revell in another release #04669 of in 2011.
The decals in this kit 04669 are for a "Tiger Meet of the Americas" of 2003 F-16C coded with printed no. 87-0284 of the 120 Fighter squadron: the Revell instructions indicate 87-0287 of the USAF 140th Fighter Squadron as based at Cold Lake of the ANG in Colorado, USA which both numbers are according to an F-16 database a F-16C Block 30 and 87-0284 has been seen in this scheme.
This decal sheet is impressive and designed by Syhart but printed for Revell by Cartograph? (If you want another scheme, you often will need walkway striping and these are not on the sheet).
It was decided to make the TIGER MEET
scheme as per kit which looks great! This also means that the IFF
antennas are NOT to be fitted on the nose, but part #86 as indicated.
The wide mouth intake (for the General Electric
F110 engine as fitted in the F-16C Block 30) was fitted as per instructions with parts 93, 94, 95 and
the heating probe #21. Note that the drawing for part #21 is shown incorrect, it should run to the rear..
The cockpit is nice with an adequate ACES II seat, but the instrument and console decals are too large and to bright, you may seek alternatives here.
The outside initial base colours for the scheme as per kit starts as standard F-16 with Federal Standard FS36270 lower surfaces and FS36118 upper areas. Note that later on a two tone grey scheme was adapted for USAF F-16's and also there are some variations on how the grey is set on the air intake. So check photos.
The base acrylic colours used here
were: FS36270 with Gunze Sangyo #306 and FS36118 with Gunze Sangyo
#305. So this is the newer USAF scheme which has only two tones of grey.
AMRAAM pylons and launchers can be
Decal application took 5 hours to
gear legs on this Revell kit are also bit awkward to install. A few extra details were made
from thin wire and added in the gear bays. Some black wash was applied
inside the white painted gear bays and on the white gear legs.
(3) The nose pitot was made from a metal needle.
(4) The anti-collision lights on the intake and wing tips got a drop of blue and red paint followed by a drop of Micro Kristal Clear.
(5) Inside the GE F110 engine exhaust pipe also, the horizontal stripes were hand painted using white paint to suggest the ceramic coating.
(6) Inside the canopy, 2 handling bars were added made from thin rod. This is always seen inside a F-16 canopy.
(7) The wing tips and stabilizers static dischargers are moulded on the trailing edges but I cut these of as these extended bits are too thick; I replaced these with thin fishing wire painted black.
(8) the kit ACES seat looks good and got some harness starps made from painted tape. The seat was simply fitted in the cockpit as well as some decals fro the side consoles and instruments. A HUD was added as well along with the flying control stick and throttle.
The F-16C wing pylons were fitted
as well as the AMRAAM type launch wing tip rails. On the wing tips, 2 "smoke
winders" were added made from kit's Sidewinders missiles, this time with
their fins retained. These were painted bright dayglow orange colour using
Aqua 25 leucht orange. The central fuel tank was also added
and the decals on it required quite some decal softener to ly down.
Finally the canopy was installed after its frames were hand painted with a fine paint brush and some Tiger and pilot name decals added. The canopy was kept clear and was set open and the rear glass section set in place with white glue.
F-16C Block 30 coded "87-0284" of probably the United States Air Force 120th Fighter Squadron as based at Cold Lake of the ANG in Colorado USA during "Tiger Meet of the Americas" of 2003.
The Revell F-16C kit #04633 as described above was made as a model of the Polish Air Force block 52 F-16C-52CF as seen at the NATO Tigermeet 2011. This particular aircraft is coded "4060"/ serial JC-21 and flown by the unit 31.BLT no 3 and 6 squadrons. It was delivered May 2009.
Kit decals came from CARACAL set 72019.
This Block 52 aircraft has the small mouth intake and the Pratt and Whitney F100-229 engine.
The Revell kit has many "extra" parts
in the sprues and in this kit, so these were very useful! The F100 engine
parts are #33, 34.
In STEP 6 the gun port #84 does not
fit very well, so some work is needed here. When aligning the upper forward
and aft fuselage halves, join first these to ensure a flush joint. I also
had to bend the wing a bit to get these flat.
(here the instructions are in the SOLO
TURK kit also applicable for this Polish Block 52 F-16C ):
In STEP 15, regarding the nose plate,
part # 39 with the advanced IFF antennas was fitted instead of part #86.
The main gear landing gear lights #64 in step 17 were not used, this F-16C block has the larger nose wheel door lights, part #55 in STEP 23.
In STEP 37, the later style LAU-129 AMRAAM wing tip launchers
#118 were used.
The remainder of the kit assembly was per Revell instructions like fitting the ECM stubs #107, 108 on the wing leading edges and the intake anti-collision lights.
But I wanted to add some CFT (conformal
fuel tanks) on the upper fuselage as often seen on Polish F-16C's as well.
These parts are not in this kit, I got these from the Kinetic F-16D kit;
note that after market resin CFT's can also be bought (like from Attack
The model got these acrylic colours airbrushed:
The landing gear main wheels are for this version (with Pratt and Whitney engine) probably the normal ones, so use kit wheels #46 that are still in the sprues. The wheel bay interiors were painted "dirty" white as well as the gear legs.
The edges of the CFT got slightly
darker grey lines being hand painted, this is the "sealing" rubber.
The model is for a Poland F-16C Block 52 coded "4060" as seen at NATO Tiger meet 2011. Note that hardly any Polish roundels are seen, only at the lower wing these are present. The decals were applied after a gloss varnish coat was airbrushed to prevent "silvering". Note also that the walkway lines need some cutting because of the CFT's.
A couple of AMRAAM AIM-120C "small fin" missiles and fuel tanks were fitted as included in this kit. In the canopy, a small piece of stretched sprue was mounted to suggest the Helmet cueing sensor. The model got the final treatment of painted lights, new static dischargers from fishing line etc as applied of the other F-16 models....
Canopy installed and... a nice model
completed for the collection.
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