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F-16C Parapack Tail Conversion

Cutting Edge 1/48 F-16C Parapack Tail Conversion First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2005 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject F-16C Parapack Tail Conversion Scale 1/48
Kit Number CEC48483 Primary Media Resin
Pros Simple conversion for F-16C Cons No instructions
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is an agile fighter, but has little room left in the airframe for additional avionics. When some of the NATO countries determined that they wanted the option for parachute braking on landing on their new F-16As, General Dynamics developed a stretched tail base that would accommodate a parachute. This ended up solving two problems instead of one. While one country ended up using the parachutes (at least initially), another saw that open cavity as an ideal location to add their own self-protection avionics.

F-16C Parapack Tail Conversion

As more countries adopted the F-16, more also adopted the parabrake housing tail for their own avionics. This continued today in the F-16C.

Cutting Edge has released a conversion for the Hasegawa, Academy, and Italeri/Revell F-16C kits. This conversion includes the parabrake housing tail base and tail and strobe light lens for the top of the tail. The resin tree contains your choice of parachute pack or ECM box for the inside of the tail housing.

The only down side to this conversion is the lack of instructions. While many folks who would use this conversion would also have some knowledge of the aircraft, it would have been useful to have a diagram or two showing the placement and orientation of the avionics box inside the tail housing.

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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