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F-16 Hotrod Vipers #1

Bullseye Model Aviation 1/48 F-16 Hotrod Vipers #1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2023 Manufacturer Bullseye Model Aviation
Subject F-16 Hotrod Vipers #1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48029 Pros Five distinctive options
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $24.99

First Look

Bullseye Model Aviation has produced a distinctive set of markings for five early Vipers during the 1980s. The aircraft featured in this set are pre-OCU so they retained their original production configurations. The instructions map out each of the changes needed to the model to render the early block Vipers. The set is designed for the Kinetic 1/48 F-16A kits.

F-16 Hotrod Vipers #1 F-16 Hotrod Vipers #1

The aircraft presented here include:

  • F-16A Block 15, 81-0690, 69th TFS, Moody AFB, 1989
  • F-16A Block 10, 80-0497, 430th TFS, Nellis AFB, 1981
  • F-16A Block 15, 81-0708, 8th TFW, Kunsan AB, 1982
  • F-16A Block 5, 78-0056, 56th TFW, McDill AFB, 1988
  • F-16A Block 1, 78-0014, 310th TFS, Luke AFB, 1983

This set provides one sheet of decals printed by Cartograf that includes maintenance stencils and markings to replicate at least three examples in 1/48 scale (and if you use some of the stencils from the kits, you can do more!). What's more, none of these decals require the modeler to stack multiple layers of markings atop one another to recreate artwork. This trend by some other decal companies of producing multiple-layer decals is unfortunate as it puts the burden on you to do the work of what should have been done by the decal maker.

These decals are sold exclusively by Sprue Brothers.

My sincere thanks to Bullseye Model Aviation for this review sample!