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F-16XL Two-Seat Conversion

Monogram 1/72 F-16XL Two-Seat Conversion Photo Feature

By Chuck Holte

Date of Review July 2015 Manufacturer Monogram
Subject F-16XL Two-Seat Conversion Scale 1/72
Kit Number 5206 Primary Media Styrene
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) Out of Production

Photo Feature

Starting in mid-1982, the US Air Force, evaluated two highly modified F-16s, one a single seat "A" and the other a two-seat "B", in the F-16XL SCAMP (Supersonic Cruise Aircraft Modification Program).  Major mods to both aircraft included replacing the wing and horizontal tail section with a new "cranked arrow" wing and lengthening the fuselage.  The new wing provided increased internal fuel capacity and 17 underwing hard points with 29 external weapons positions.

This photo feature covers my two-seat conversion depicting one of those SCAMP Vipers, XL-2.  Attached photos show how the Italeri two-seat cockpit and nose was grafted to the Monogram XL kit.  I used the forward upper fuselage, cockpit, nose and canopy from an Italeri F-16A/B (kit # 130) to replacing those like items on the Monogram F-16XL kit, #5206.  In addition to the major surgery on the Monogram kit, I shortened up the engine inlet trunking and added a couple of resin seats to the new cockpit. Landing gear and underwing stores/weapons are from the XL kit. Paint is Model Master enamel in several flavors of gray mixed to match photos of the Ferris disruptive scheme with a false canopy on the bottom. Decals from the spares box. Excellent reference on both SCAMP Vipers can be found in a IPMS/USA Quarterly V20-1, Fall 1984 article by Keith Svendsen.

It was interesting conversion and I'm happy with the way my version of the SCAMP turned out. Hope you enjoy it.

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