F-16D Fighting Falcon
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||3600 Yen (Japan)
|Contents and Media
||Injection molded plastic and resin
||Good quality resin parts
||Missing the intake ECM fairings.
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Reviewed by Dave
One of the more popular versions of the F-16 is the F-16D
Brakeet (Thunderbolt) as flow by the Israeli Defense Force. The large spine
containing advanced electronics and desert paint scheme make for a unique
looking aircraft. Finally, Hasegawa has released this version as a modified
reboxing of their excellent F-16D kit.
Essentially, what you get in the box is the original F-16D kit with some of the
Block 40+ parts present in their later single-seat F-16CJ/CG kits. The kit
includes sprue “T”, with the “Big Mouth” intake for GE-engined aircraft and
bulged main gear doors, and sprue “U” (2X) with the heavier wheels and LAU-129
AMRAAM missile rails. I’m not sure if IDF F-16s use either AMRAAM or the heavier
LAU-129 rail, but the kit still includes the standard Sidewinder rails if you
don’t want to use these parts. Finally, the new landing gear lights on the
nosewheel well door are included on the “X” sprue. Speaking of the clear parts,
the kit only contains the clear canopy, not the smoked version that was present
in some of the earlier kits.
The special parts to make the Brakeet are molded in tan, bubble-free resin. The
new spine is molded in three parts: forward section, middle section, and tail
extension. A quick dryfit between the forward and middle parts looks good. In
order to use the spine, the lower part of the tail and the fairing aft of the
canopy must be removed from the kit parts. The other resin parts consist of a
spine blade antenna and the enlarged ECM bumps that go on either side of the
nose aft of the radome. The ECM bumps look OK, but the blade antenna is
relatively thick and has a mold parting line with a small amount of mismatch
which makes it appear more a copy of a part from some kit instead of a newly
Unfortunately, Hasegawa missed some items that should have been included. Most
notably, the large ECM/nav light fairings that go on either side of the intake
for the Rapport III system are missing. These fairings appear in every photo of
IDF Brakeets with the spine that I’ve been able to locate. Most other photos
also show an additional bump under the intake forward of the nosewheel well, and
four squarish fairings on the fuselage above and below the tailplanes just
forward of the exhaust.
Decals are standard Hasegawa quality and are for one aircraft from the 105th
Squadron “Scorpions” and an aircraft from the 601st Squadron Test and Evaluation
Unit. The blue color in the Israeli national insignia looks a little light to
me, although this might be Hasegawa’s attempt at a “faded” look.
It is good that Hasegawa has attempted to make this version
of the F-16, but a little disappointing that they omitted some prominent items
which will have to be scratchbuilt or otherwise sourced. Although better than
the Italeri F-16B/D kit in a number of areas, a complete “Brakeet-in-a-box” kit
still seems to elude model manufacturers.
Sample kit courtesy of my ever dwindling bank account.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Dave
Page Created 11 February, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003
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