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The Modern Viper Guide The F-16C/D Exposed

The Modern Viper Guide The F-16C/D Exposed Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2007 Title The Modern Viper Guide The F-16C/D Exposed
Author Jake Melampy Publisher Reid Air Publications
Published 2007 ISBN 978-0-9795064-1-3
Format 136 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $37.95

Reid Air Publications has released the next installment of their excellent F-16 series by author Jake Melampy. In volume one ( look here) the author took us through one of the best looks at the Vipers operated by the Air National Guard and many of their distinctive color schemes.

In this next installment, the author had compiled an oustanding photo reference of the Viper from a maintenance/detail and configuration point of view. The title starts with an in-depth walk around of the aircraft inside and out. This has one of the nicest set of cockpit shots I've seen in print to date. If you're planning on superdetailing either the Academy or Tamiya 1/32 Viper kits, this is just the reference you need to recreate 'the look'.

Next, the author walks around the variety of pylons, racks, pods, amd weapons carried by the F-16C/D. Coverage wraps up with a discussion of the various production blocks of the F-16C/D from Block 25 through Block 50/52 and the CCIP program.

This is bar-none THE BEST photo walk around of the F-16 ever published and this is just as nicely done as the DACO Publications detailed walk arounds of the F/A-18, T-38, and B-1.

Definitely recommended!!!

My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!