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F-16A Block 10 Stabilators

Cutting Edge 1/48 F-16A Block 10 Stabilators First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2006 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject F-16A Block 10 Stabilators Scale 1/48
Kit Number CEC48491 Primary Media Resin
Pros Easy backdate for any F-16A project Cons  
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

Cutting Edge has produced a nice array of 1/48 aftermarket parts for the Hasegawa and Academy F-16 kits. Hasegawa produced a wide range of Viper variants in 1/48 scale including an early block 1/5/10 tailed version early in their line-up. This early variant is long since out of production. To backdate a current production Academy or Hasegawa F-16A, simply swap out the horizontal stabilizers (yes, there are a few antenna differences as well, but that is another article).

F-16A Block 10 Stabilators F-16A Block 10 Stabilators

The Blocks 1, 5 and 10 entered service with the USAF, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, and Denmark. While some of these were upgraded to Block 15 standard, many remained in Block 10 configuration and have been traded off to other Air Forces in the Block 10. So what is the distinguishing feature of a Block 1, 5 or 10? The stabilator. The early Vipers had smaller stabilators, but starting with the Block 15, these were significantly enlarged. Look at the image above and see the Cutting Edge Block 10 Stabilator laying over the Block 15 (or better) stabilator. All of the increased area happened on the trailing edge of the stab.

So, if you are looking to backdate the Hasegawa or Academy kits into a early F-16A, here is an essential detail you'll need. The parts are cast in gray resin.

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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