General Dynamics F-16 in 1/72 scale : kit review & modelling reports of KINETIC modern block F-16D kits
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In 2014 I purchased another few of KINETIC F-16D Block 52+ kits no. #K72002 in 1/72 scale.
The first KINETIC model was made as a F-16D Block 52 of the Greece "Hellenic" air force. The kit markings will come mostly straight out of the box as good Cartograf printed decals are provided.
The basic assembly follows the same approach as described on the previous made kit model for Singapore Air Force at Page 7. For more detail, look at that page.
The needed small style intake is correct with the F100-PW-229 engine and all are supplied in the kit for a F-16D Block 52. Again, take care when assembling the intake as there are some surface irregularities inside that need putty and sanding. Better do that at this stage.
For the Greek aircraft in STEP 7 do not fit the lower intake fairings and stubs (parts D23, D24).
It was decided to install the two Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT's) on the top fuselage. These are in the kit. Bending these a bit will give a better fit, white glue will close any gaps.
For the Greek aircraft in STEP 8 use now the "not indicated part
F2" (so not F3) at the lower tail fairing end. It looks like a sort of sensor.
Also fit only one sensor fairing part F5 to the right side of the tail
It was also decided to fit sensor
pods at the intake sides and these are the kit and of the appropriate types AN/AAQ-13 and AN/AAQ-14.
When the overall assembly was ready, some limited amounts of filler / putty were needed, such as on the nose, the upper spine, intake and the wing-root gaps. Very tiny gaps were filled with white glue, for example at the ventral fins.
The model got now a coat of
coat with the airbrush to check for any flaws. Any imperfections
were corrected. I often use Revell aqua 75 "Steingrau" that covers
As in the kit only the larger Israeli underwing 600 gallon fuel tanks are provided (not used by the Hellenic F-16's), the standard 370 gallon wing fuel tanks and pylons were obtained from another F-16 kit (good ones are in the Revell kit).
Next, came the general camouflage colours. On photos large variations are seen: some aircraft look pretty dark, others medium grey, weathered and all mixes in between. I settled for these Gunze Sangyo acrylics for airbrushing....
FS36307 grey: Gunze Sangyo H70, but I did not have
the paint so I used H324 "light gray" which looks accurate enough;
Gear bays and insides of gear doors
were given a base white coat . The cockpit interior was brush painted medium
grey but also with large portions of black (as the Block 52 has night vision
capability and to avoid reflections from inside many surfaces are black in the cockpit).
|Before applying the decals, the model
got first a gloss Future undercoat using my
Decals from this Kinetic kit #K72002 include Greece markings and were good but some stencilling was used from the Milliverse decal set MV-72004-2 as they are slightly finer. Decalling takes a lot of time also because of the long walkway stripes.
I think that the Greek modern block F-16's have an overall tinted canopy. So it was decided to use TAMIYA "clear smoke" X-19. I never seem to manage to airbrush this thick smoke paint regardless how I thin it with Tamiya thinner; so painted it with a wide brush on the clear areas.
The landing gears were installed. The white painted gears and wheel bays got now a thinned black wash. Also some engraved fuselage panels got a wash simply by using very thinned black acrylic and than wiping it away with a tissue.
The 15 static dischargers (that were first removed as too thick as mou lded in the kit) were added made from thin fishing line, and painted dark grey when dried.
The nose pitot was used from the kit and anti-collision lights were painted red and blue.
Stores added were an AN/AAQ-13 pod and AN/AAQ-14 pod on the intake sides and 370 gallon tanks. On the advanced wing tip launchers a pair of AIM-9M Sidewinders were installed that are not in the kit. I retrieved these from the Tamiya F-16C kit.
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 painted tape and all set in place. Inside the canopy a few handles were fitted made from thin sprue. The large -D canopy was set open in place with an actuator made from a metal needle.
That completed a nice F-16D block
52+ 1/72 model of the Greece "Hellenic" air force, the 24th completed kit in the 1/72 F-16 series..
| Greece / Hellas|
[ area 132.000 sq.km | population 10,8 million | Capital: Athens | GDP 20,000 USD per capita ]
More info about the Hellenic / Greece air force can be seen at the Mirage 2000 page here...
Various F-16 deliveries to Greece began with the "Peace Xenia" program. In 1989 F-16C/D Block 30 aircraft were delivered. "Peace Xenia II" was to deliver some 40 additional modern F-16C/D Block 50 from 1997 with F110 engines. The following "Peace Xenia III" from 2002 saw delivery of some 50 F-16C/D Block 52 that also could be fitted with Conformal Fuel Tanks. In 2004 10 additional aircraft followed as well. End 2005 a contract was signed by Greece for the "Peace Xenia IV" program to acquire additional 20 F-16C Block 52 and 10 F-16D Block 52. They were fitted with upgraded F100-PW-229 engines and advanced weaponry and delivery started in 2009. So the Hellenic aircraft F-16 fleet engineers have a mix of F100 and F110 engines to maintain.
More information about the Greek Air Force, see Mirage page here....
F-16D Block 52+, coded "614", Greece "Hellenic" air force
... at a visit at Tatoi, Hellas...
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