Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
F-16D Block 40 Barak
F-16D Block 40 Barak
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Harrier
GR.7 is available online from Squadron.com
The IDF F-16D entered service in
1983 together with F-16C. These were Block-30 aircraft.
A lot of modifications were done
compared to USAF’s F-16Ds.
- New Israeli
RWR-ECM war package.
- Big dorsal
for Israeli’s weapons.
After some years, Israel
acquired a new batch of F-16C/D, this time were Block-40 aircraft.
Block-40 are specifically
optimised for night operations, and includes some modifications compared
to the Block-30:
cockpit with a new rear HUD repeater screen.
coloured cockpit tub and seats with new lights for night operations.
- New big
undercarriage wheels, legs and bay doors.
- Two chaff &
flares box instead of three on each side of dorsal spine.
- New big
intercooler intake on the port side.
For my model I choose the 619
from the Scorpion Squadron, based at Haztor AFB.
Is has a big scorpion squadron
badge applied on both side of the tail fin.
Modeling the F-16
There is almost everything on
the F-16 in all the three main scale 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd: kits,
decals, resin detail sets, photo etched sheets, conversion sets…
Looking only at the 1/48th
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,
But, as for many other kits, not
everything you need is in the box and for the Israeli’s D you need all
the parts listed before: Hasegawa made a limited-edition box of the IDF
F-16D with a resin dorsal spine and other minor antennas parts, but not
with the right-looking for me and many details missing.
It seemed very
strange that Hasegawa put the name “F-16D Braaket” on the box. This is
not correct because the Israeli name for the F-16C/D is “Barak”.
Other F-16’s kit in 1/48th
came from Academy (a simplified copy of Hasegawa), Italeri (cheap),
Revell (Italeri re-boxed), Heller (idem), ESCI, Tamiya, Monogram,
Hobbycraft, Arii, Otaki… no comment, go with Hasegawa.
The 1/48th scale
“Hasegawa” F-16D has many parts in common with the other Hasegawa F-16’s
boxes, with some extras to build a D version not referred to a specific
To improve the D version I got
some extra parts from the aftermarket and from other kits:
- Black Box
resin cockpit for F-16D.
- Cutting Edge
resin big mouth intake.
- Cutting Edge
resin dorsal spine.
resin GE exhaust nozzle.
- Aires resin
main wheel bay.
- From Eagle
Design’s conversion set I got all the ECM/RWR bulges and antennas
plus the four big squared antenna’s boxes.
- Because the
Israeli’s F-16 use to carry the enlarged 600 gallon fuel tanks
instead of the standard 300 gallon fuel tanks, I found a pair of
this plus the correct wing pylons in the F-2B Hasegawa kits. This
kit contains also 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
- A 10 grams
weight must be placed into the nose to avoid a tail sitting model.
- The resin
seamless resin intake needs some dry-fitting testing. The engine-fan
duct can’t be used together with the resin wheel bay. I decided to
short the resin duct.
- Wheel bay is
easy to fit inside the lower part of 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
- I scratch
build the enlarged pre-cooler intake.
- The resin
dorsal spine needs to be removed from a long block of resin. Pay
attention to this step for your health.
- I decide to
use the kit vertical fin instead of the resin one.
As I said before, many details
were added to obtain a block 40 aircraft replica and some panel lines
were corrected too.
painted my model using my Aztek double-action airbrush.
Instead of following the
Hasegawa painting guide for the camouflage pattern I referred to the
marvellous Isradecal book covering the F-16C/D “Barak” in Israeli
The colours are:
- Pale Green
- Light Ghost
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.
Hasegawa's kit decals
are too thick and colours are wrong… white is not “white”… looks more
I got the decal sheets for
“F-16C/D Barak” by “Isradecal”, very thin and correct.
I sprayed a cote of clear gloss
from Tamiya" to prepare the model for decaling: I do not use “Future”
anymore over the Gunze colour because they “cracked”.
Those decal are very thin with
no silvering at all. "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-16D I got a
Litening laser pod from a Hasegawa AV-8B kit and pylon came from
Hasegawa modern weapons set.
I added an asymmetrical
configuration with a GBU-16 LGB and a JDAM.
AIM-9M infra-red missile at the
wing tip rails.
Another fuel tank was added
under the belly pylon.
Books that can be recommended
for references are "Isradecal F-16C/D" N°4 and some "World Air Power
Journal" back issues.
Specific information, support
and references on can be found on the web as F-16.net website.
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