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F-16 'The Early Years'

Caracal Models 1/72 F-16 'The Early Years' Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2020 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject F-16 'The Early Years' Scale 1/72
Set Number 72103 Pros Twelve distinctive subjects
Cons See text Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is the latest from Caracal, this set for your favorite early-block F-16 kit and provides markings for a variety of developmental airframes and initial production examples.

F-16 'The Early Years' F-16 'The Early Years'

The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • YF-16, 72-1567
  • YF-16, 72-1567, 1975 European Flight Demonstration
  • YF-16, 72-1568
  • YF-16, 72-1568, prospective operator flags
  • YF-16, 72-1568, prospective operator flags w/Israeli flag
  • YF-16, 72-1568, 'cloud' scheme
  • YF-16 CCV, 72-1567, Air Force Fight Dynamics Laboratory
  • F-16, 75-0745 option 1
  • F-16, 75-0745 option 2
  • F-16/101, 75-0745 (GE F101 engine)
  • AFTI/F-16, 75-0750 (Phase I/II)
  • F-16/79, 75-0752 (GE J79 engine)

If you have an early-block kit or have access to the backdate sets to convert your F-16A Block 15, here are the colorful marking options you'll need to finish your project.

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!