Hasegawa 1/48 F-16B Plus Fighting Falcon Taiwan AF 'Flying Tigers' Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||March 2016||Manufacturer||Hasegawa|
|Subject||F-16B Plus Fighting Falcon Taiwan AF 'Flying Tigers'||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||07422||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Easy build, nice details||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$54.95|
For a quick history of the F-16, look here.
For a look at the differences between F-16 blocks, look here.
Hasegawa has released this F-16B kit with the right parts to render an F-16B Plus (Block 20). This release is molded in the standard light gray styrene and rendered on twelve parts trees, plus a single tree of clear parts. The surface detailing is scribed, but the detail is a bit soft in comparison with the Tamiya and Kinetic 1/48 Viper kits.
The kit provides all of the parts for a standard Block 15 OCU F-16B that we've seen before, but also includes the parts for this release and a few parts trees that were introduced into previous F-16 variants.
Among the features and options in this box:
- Nice cockpits straight out of the box
- Optional crew figures
- Positionable canopy
- IFF interrogator antennas ahead of canopy
- Small mouth (NSI) inlet
- Parabrake housing in base of tail
- Pratt F100 nozzle
- Positionable speed brakes
- Optional boarding ladder
- Updated missile rails for stations 1/2/8/9 for AIM-120 and AIM-9
As mentioned above, the detailing is scribed, but it is soft and not as accurately laid out as opposed to the newer kits. So in terms of external stores:
- 1 x 300 gallon centerline fuel tank
- 2 x 370 gallon underwing fuel tanks
- 1 x baggage pod
- 2 x AIM-120
- 2 x AIM-9L/M
Markings are provided for one aircraft:
- F-16B Plus, 6820, 5 TFG/401 TFW, 2015
The decals are nicely done and includes relevant maintenance stenciling.
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. In fact, you'll have a number of spares from this kit including bulged main gear doors, widemouth inlet, F-16 ADF interrogator antennas, standard F-16A/B tail, and more.
My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!