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F-16C Anniversary Vipers

Caracal Models 1/48 F-16C Anniversary Vipers Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2018 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject F-16C Anniversary Vipers Scale 1/48
Set Number 48130 Pros Two distinctive subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Last year, two Air National Guard units rolled out special anniversary schemes for their commanders' aircraft. These two aircraft featured some eye-catching paintwork. Caracal Models has replicated these for the Tamiya 1/48 F-16C/N Adversary/Aggressor kit.

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The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • F-16C Block 40B, 88-0428, 175 FS/114 FW/SD ANG, 2017
  • F-16C Block 30E, 86-0321, 182 TFS/149 FW/TX ANG, 2017

Both aircraft are GE-powered with widemouth intakes, but the Block 30 has the non-bulged main gear doors and normal HUD while the Block 40 has the bulged main gear doors and the holographic HUD. The Tamiya F-16C/N kit is the only one that has the parts options to render either aircraft.

If you want a pair of colorful Vipers on your scale flightline, this set provides the markings and stencils for two models.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!