Skunkmodels 1/32 F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks First Look
|Date of Review||January 2008||Manufacturer||Skunkmodels Workshop|
|Subject||F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||32001||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Very simple update for the 1/32 Tamiya Viper||Cons|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$22.99|
Here is a brand new company that has entered the hobby market and I was pleasantly surprised by their first release! The company is Skunkmodels Workshop and they are carried by the nice folks at LuckyModel.com. When I first spotted this release, I immediately ordered two sets.
There are several things noteworthy about this set.
- It is injection-molded styrene, not resin. You can glue these onto your Viper with your regular cement.
- The parts are quite thin. This means that you won't have any challenges installing them, they are a drop-on fit.
- They are tailored to the Tamiya 1/32 Vipers. I don't know if they'll fit the Academy kit. There is no point in fitting these to the Hasegawa kit as that release represents the F-16A and early F-16C variants which never were fitted with these tanks. These are designed for and flown on the Block 50/52 F-16C (export models only at present) and Block 60/62 F-16E.
- This set also includes a small fret of photo-etch to represent the access panels on these tanks.
If you're modeling a modern Viper in international colors, including Singapore, Greece, and Israel, these tanks will definitely make an eye-catching addition to Tamiya's magnificent F-16C kit. This set will work with either release, though the tanks are only correct for the F-16CJ kit.
For more information about this set and future releases from Skunkmodels Workshop, visit the LuckyModel website at www.luckymodel.com.