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F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Kit

Hasegawa 1/72 F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Fighting Falcon Singapore AF Special Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2016 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Fighting Falcon Scale 1/72
Kit Number 02214 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy build, nice details, two complete kits Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $59.95

First Look

F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Kit
F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Kit
F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Kit
F-16D (Block 52 Advanced) Kit

For a quick history of the F-16, look here.

For a look at the differences between F-16 blocks, look here.

As with their 1/48 scale Vipers, Hasegawa reissued their F-16D kit with some new-tool sprues to render the Advanced Block 52. This release is molded in the standard light gray styrene and rendered on nine parts trees, plus a single tree of clear parts. When you open the box, you'll note two bags of parts and that is because there are actually two complete kits in this box.

The kit provides all of the parts for a standard Block 52 F-16D that we've seen before, but also includes the additional parts trees for the Advanced Block 52 including the dorsal spine. There are other trees still that are in the box for one or two small parts, but leave some left-overs for your spares box.

Among the features and options in this box:

  • Nice cockpit straight out of the box
  • Optional crew figures
  • Positionable canopy
  • Small mouth (NSI) inlet
  • Pratt F100 nozzle
  • Dorsal spine for the advanced F-16D/F/I
  • GPS dome
  • Optional boarding ladder
  • Updated missile rails for stations 1/2/8/9 for AIM-120 and AIM-9

The detailing is scribed, but it is soft and not as accurately laid out as opposed to some newer kits. So in terms of external stores:

  • 1 x 300 gallon centerline fuel tank
  • 2 x 370 gallon underwing fuel tanks
  • 2 x AIM-120
  • 2 x AIM-9L/M

Markings are provided for two aircraft:

  • F-16D (Block 52), 4084, Polish Air Force, Tiger Meet 2014
  • F-16D (Block 52), 4082, Polish Air Force, Tiger Meet 2013

The decals are nicely done and include maintenance stenciling, and appropriate markings.

Despite the minor bugs in this kit, Hasegawa has done a nice job this this variant and remains the only kit manufacturer to produce so many F-16 variants in any scale.

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Cocoa Brown
Hull Red
0912
71.038
C029
H017
N017
 
 
 
 
TS33
XF09
 
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Flesh
RAL 8031
0026
71.117
C051
H044
N044
 
 
 
 
LP30
XF15
 
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Olive Green
0084
71.093
C054
H080
N080
A152
C152
UA303
MMP034
078
XF58
 
 
Deck Tan
0132
71.141
C045
H085
N085
 
 
 
 
XF55
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Smoke Gray
0095
 
C101
H095
N095
 
 
 
 
LP67
X19
 
 
Olive Drab
0240
71.016
C304
H304
A018
C018
UA222
MMP025
138
AS06
1711
X111
Gray
0211
71.275
C306
H306
A054
C054
UA094
MMP118
039
AS28
XF18:1+
XF53:3
1725
 
Gray
0203
71.312
C308
H308
A037
C037
UA026
MMP073
038
AS26
XF2:1+
XF25:2
1728
X136
XA1136

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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