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Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
CG Block 40

by Piero De Santis


USAF F-16CG Block 40
Buzzards Squadron


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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:

  • Modified cockpit with a new wide angle HUD.
  • Cockpit tub colours and lights for night operations.
  • New big undercarriage wheels, legs and bay doors.
  • Strengthened dorsal plaques.

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 Hasegawa.





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.
  • Shull-24 resin GE exhaust nozzle.
  • Shull-24 resin PIDS pylons.
  • Aires resin wheel bays.
  • Eduard photo etched set.
  • F-2B 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.

  • Cockpit 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 resin cockpit.
  • 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 bi-component filler.

As I said before, many details were added to obtain a block 40 aircraft replica and some panel lines were corrected too.



Painting and Markings



I painted my model using my Aztek double-action airbrush.

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 Grey (FS36270)
  • Dark Ghost Grey (FS36118)

I use acrylic paints from Gunze.



Pre-shading and post-shading as usual for my models.

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 left wing. 



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 wing pylons. 

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.  





Additional Images


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Modelling the Harrier I and II
Osprey Modelling 1
Author: Glenn Ashley

US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date: September 25, 2003
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 184176647X
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Model and Images Copyright 2006 by Piero De Santis
Page Created 13 February, 2006
Last Updated 21 February, 2007

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