W&D Studio 1/48 F-16N and TF-16N USN Viper Decal First Look
|Date of Review||January 2012||Manufacturer||W&D Studio|
|Subject||F-16N and TF-16N USN Viper||Scale||1/48|
|Set Number||WD-D48001||Pros||Complete package to transform your Viper to an F-16N adversary|
|Cons||None noted||Skill Level||Experienced|
|MSRP (USD)||$24.90 (approx)|
W&D Studio is an aftermarket decal and detail company from Taipei, Taiwan that has been producing a wide range of very nice pitot tubes and angle-of-attack probes for a variety of kits. Robert Kuo, one of the principals of the company is also very heavily involved with a Chinese-language hobby website - the PMW. He advised that the PMW will not only have a webstore feature very soon, it will also be available in English as well. Good thing too as I think you'll be interested in some of the products coming from this company!
In this release, we have a decal sheet for US Navy F-16 adversaries complete with some excellent four-view color profiles and painting instructions for the two major camouflage schemes worn by these aircraft.
The examples presented here include:
- F-16N, 163570, VF-45, Red 21
- TF-16N, 163281, VF-45, Green 25
- F-16N, 163572, VF-45, Red 23
- F-16N, 163577, VF-43, Black 03
- F-16N, 163577, NFWS
- F-16N, 163277, VF-126, Red 03
In addition to the very nice decal sheet, this set also includes a pair of the Pave Penny-looking pods that were mounted on either side of the intake as well as turned metal angle-of-attack probes and a pitot tube for the radome. All you need to provide is a Block 30 F-16C or F-16D that includes the narrow-mouth (NSI) inlet and this set will dress up the nose and provide you with a very nice Top Gun Viper.
My sincere thanks to W&D Studio for this review sample!