Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
USAF F-16CG Block 40
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Harrier
GR.7 is available online from Squadron.com
The F-16CG enters service in the USAF as a version
optimised for the night attack mission.
Two big USAF fighter squadron based at Aviano AFB
are equipped with F-16C/D block 40: FS 510th “Buzzards” and
FS 555th “Triple Nickel”.
Both squadrons were heavy involved in the NATO
actions over the Balkans conflicts for the Bosnia and Kosovo.
The Block-40 includes:
cockpit with a new wide angle HUD.
- Cockpit tub
colours and lights for night operations.
- New big
undercarriage wheels, legs and bay doors.
For my model I choose the squadron commander’s
aircraft from the “Buzzards” Squadron, based at Aviano AFB during the
Allied Force operations over Kosovo in the 1999. It has a big screaming
buzzard squadron badge applied on both side of the tail fin and purple
mission markings under the canopy.
The F-16 in Plastic
There is almost everything on the F-16 in all the
three main scale 1/72nd, 1/48 and 1/32nd: kits, decals, resin detail
sets, photo etched sheets, conversion sets…
Looking only at the 1/48 scale, I choose the
Hasegawa kit: you can find so many different variant and boxes from
Hasegawa, A, A+, B, B+, C and D of different blocks (30, 40, 52).
Other F-16’s kit in 1/48 came from Academy (a
“simplified copy of the Hasegawa), Italeri (cheap), Revell (Italeri
re-boxed), ESCI, Tamiya, Monogram, Arii… no comment, please go with
The 1/48 scale “Hasegawa” F-16C (block 40-52) has
many parts in common with the other Hasegawa F-16’s boxes, with some
extras to build a GE power version.
To improve the C version I got some extra parts
from the aftermarket and from other kits:
- Aires resin
cockpit for F-16C.
resin GE exhaust nozzle.
resin PIDS pylons.
- Aires resin
- Eduard photo
Hasegawa kits: this kit contains the correct wheels and legs for
block 40, plus many other detail parts.
Now some information related to the assembly of
the Hasegawa kit.
resin set must be sanded a lot before placed inside the fuselage
parts. A precise cut must be done on the plastic fuselage to fit the
- A 10 grams
weight must be placed into the nose to avoid a tail sitting model.
- Because I
was not so happy with the resin seamless intake and I like a lot the
purple FOD with white “Buzzards” logo, I decide to scratch build one
using masking tape.
- Wheel bays
are easy to fit inside the fuselage.
- Join the
wings with the fuselage was the biggest task for me building the
kit… I can’t found a way without using an amount of Tamiya
As I said before, many details were added to
obtain a block 40 aircraft replica and some panel lines were corrected
I painted my model using my Aztek double-action
References I used for the correct camouflage
pattern can be found on the ASTRA Decal instruction sheet, on the
“Aviano AFB” book and on the FS510th web site.
The colours are:
- Medium Ghost
- Dark Ghost
I use acrylic paints from Gunze.
Pre-shading and post-shading as usual for my
I spayed some clear smoke along the panel lines.
I got the decal sheets for “Aviano F-16CG” by
“Astra Decal”: printed by Cartograph those decal are not the “best” of
their production, because are not very thin and correct.
I sprayed a cote of clear gloss from Tamiya" to
prepare the model for decaling.
"Microscale" Set/Sol were used to apply decals.
To finish a cote of clear gloss from Tamiya and
then a flat clear from Gunze.
Weapons and Ordnance
To load my F-16CG as a “Fast-CAS” I got a Lantirn
laser pod from a Hasegawa modern weapons set.
I added an asymmetrical configuration with a pair
of GBU-12 LGB under the right wing and a pair of rocket pod under the
AIM-9M infra-red missile under wing rails and
AIM-120B at the wing tip rails.
An ECM pod ALQ-131 from Hasegawa weapons set was
added under the belly pylon.
A pair of “standard” fuel tanks under the internal
Some RBF tags from Eduard’s etched sheet were
added all over the model to add a touch of colour and realism.
Books that can be recommended for references are "DACO
F-16C/D" book, some "World Air Power Journal" back issues, “Aviano AFB”
monograph volume and “HT Model F-16” volume .
Specific information, support and references on
can be found on the web.
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|Modelling the Harrier I
Osprey Modelling 1
Author: Glenn Ashley
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: September 25, 2003
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 184176647X
Model and Images Copyright 2006 by
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Last Updated 21 February, 2007
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