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F-16C Kit

Tamiya 1/48 F-16C/N Aggressor/Adversary Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2009
(Updated June 2017)
Manufacturer Tamiya
Subject F-16C/N Aggressor/Adversary Scale 1/48
Kit Number 61106 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Beautiful details, versatile kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $74.00

First Look

F-16C Kit
F-16C Kit
F-16C Kit
F-16C Kit
F-16C Kit
F-16C Kit

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

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

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

What we have in this box is what you might call a 'superset'. This is last release of the 1/48 F-16 series from Tamiya and the first time all of the intakes, nozzles, gear doors and main wheels have all been released together. No more need to buy two (or more) kits to create one of different Viper blocks. The kit also provides  for the first time the Block 40/42 holographic HUD parts. In addition, this kit has some additional new parts that are noteworthy:

  • New main wheel halves to replicate another wheel hub design used on the earlier Vipers
  • Two ACMI pods carried by aggressors and combatants alike during training exercises as well as in combat operations over Iraq
  • Two new AIM-9 missile rails - not the newer/larger types that can carry AIM-9 and AIM-120, these are the earlier pylons that have previously been in the kit, but for the first time, they've been molded with the rail detail so that they would look just as nice without a weapon or ACMI pod loaded

The instructions also show you where the scab plates go along the dorsal spine of the airframe, though this diagram is a shameless plug for their optional photo-etched detail set available separately.

What is not in this box is the wide array of weapons that have been available in previous releases since this release is about unarmed aggressor Vipers. What is in this box though:

  • 2 x AIM-9L/M
  • 2 x AIM-120
  • 2 x 370 Gallon tanks
  • 1 x 300 gallon centerline fuel tank
  • 1 x ALQ-184 ECM pod
  • 1 x ALQ-188 ECM Pod
  • 2 x ACMI pods
  • 2 x RHAW Pods (for the F-16N)

Decals are provided for four examples:

  • F-16C Block 30, 86-0314, Red 14, 354 FW Wing Commander's aircraft, 2008
  • F-16N, BuNo 163271, US Navy Fighter Weapons School, NAS Miramar, 1993
  • F-16C Block 32, 86-0272, 64 AS/57 Wing, Nellis AFB, Squadron Commander's aircraft, 2008
  • F-16C Block 42, 89-2148, 62 AS/57 Wing, Nellis AFB, 2006

So out of the box, this kit can build up into the F-16C Block 25, 30, 32, 40, 42, 50, 52 and the F-16CM block 40, 42, 50, and 52. What you won't have are the external stores and targeting pods for the mission-specific blocks without raiding another kit or going to the aftermarket. You can also backdate this kit to the F-16A blocks with the right vertical stabilizer (USAF versus NATO), smaller horizontal stabs for the block 1/5/10 aircraft, and the right markings. What's more, with the AIFF parts, you can also do the F-16A MLU or Block 20 aircraft, but again you'll need a Litening pod and pylon.

These Tamiya kits are still the best F-16 kits in 1/48 scale and would be the best in any scale were it not for their big (1/32) brothers, but those are limited to the F-16CJ or F-16CM Block 50 without aftermarket parts. If you want a good utility kit that has nice engineering, nice details, and the versatility to render a variety of variants, this is the kit you'll want to stash several copies away.

Here is a list of paints Tamiya identifies for use with this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands (Note: the first two colors are matches to the early war colors applied to USAAF aircraft, the remainder are the Tamiya-recommended colors):

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Neutral Gray
0239
71.051
C013
H022
N022
A054
C054
UA071
MMP103
039
AS07
XF53
1725
 
White
 
71.279
C316
H316
A049
C049
 
MMP104
099
AS20
XF02
1745
X141
XA1141
Gray
0203
71.312
C308
H308
A037
C037
UA026
MMP073
038
AS26
XF2:1+
XF25:2
1728
X136
XA1136
Gray
0211
71.275
C306
H306
A054
C054
UA094
MMP118
039
AS28
XF18:1+
XF53:3
1725
 
Black
0032
70.950
C002
H002
N002
A125
C125
LC002
MMP047
005
LP01
X01
1747
 
White
0050
71.001
C001
H001
N001
A528
C528
LC001
MMP001
004
LP02
X02
1745
 
Blue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X04
 
 
Yellow
0048
71.078
C004
H004
N004
A290
C290
UA042
MMP007
386
LP08
X08
1707
 
Metal Black
 
71.073
C078
H028
N028
 
 
 
 
LP40
X10
 
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Gold
0198
71.066
C009
H009
N009
 
LC025
MMC003
153
LP62
X12
1744
X507
Metallic Blue Green
Aotake
 
71.419
C057
H063
N063
 
UA136
MMP113
 
TS19
X13
2119
 
Sky Blue
 
71.089
C034
H025
N025
 
LC058
 
 
X14
 
 
Cowling Color
 
 
C125
 
 
 
 
X18
 
 
Smoke Gray
0095
 
C101
H095
N095
 
 
 
 
LP67
X19
 
 
Clear Green
 
 
C138
H094
N094
 
 
 
268
X25
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Bright Green
Dilectric Green
0054
 
C066
H026
N026
 
 
 
 
TS35
X28
 
 
Titanium Gold
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X31
 
 
Titanium Silver
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X32
 
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Flat White
0050
71.101
C062
H011
N011
A101
C101
LC001
 
 
LP04
XF02
1768
 
Yellow
0125
71.078
C113
H413
 
UA140
MMP090
051
XF03
2072
X213
XA1213
Flat Red
0049
71.269
H013
N013
A132
C132
LC006
 
 
XF07
2733
 
Flat Blue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XF08
 
 
Flesh
RAL 8031
0026
71.117
C051
H044
N044
 
 
 
 
LP30
XF15
 
 
Aluminum
0194
71.062
C218
A078
C078
 
MMM003
009
LP38
XF16
 
 
Barley Gray
0207
71.046
C334
H334
A142
C142
 
 
373
XF19
 
XA1017
Gray
0241
71.121
C315
H315
A048
C048
 
MMP069
 
XF20
1729
X137
XA1137
Light Blue
0063
71.257
C117
H417
A038
C038
UA509
MMP051
066
AS05
XF23
2086
X208
XA1208
Deep Gray
0908
71.314
C301
H301
A030
C030
UA030
 
241
XF24
1788
 
Khaki Drill
 
 
C055
H081
N081
 
 
 
 
XF49
 
 
Dark Green
RLM 83
0925
71.011
C123
H423
A022
C022
UA132
MMP054
072
AS24
XF51
2091
X211
XA1212
Dark Earth
0070
71.323
C022
H072
N072
A206
C206
UA519
MMP078
108
AS22
XF52
2054
X002
XA1002
Metallic Gray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XF56
 
 
Tan
0200
71.327
C313
H313
A090
C090
UA201
 
226
XF59
1706
 
Dark Gray
0008
71.056
H401
A224
C224
UA207
MMP014
034
LP27
XF63
2094
 
Red Brown
0015
71.041
C041
H047
N047
A147
C147
U205
MMP012
036
TS01
XF64
2096
X807
XA1807
Green
0206
71.294
C309
H309
A016
C016
UA091
MMP058
101
AS13
XF65
1710
X114
Light Gray
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XF66
 
 
Dark Green
Mitsubishi
 
 
C124
 
 
MMP112
 
XF70
2116
 

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