1/48 Kinetic F-16D2+ Advanced Viper

Gallery Article by Burt Gustafson on Feb 18 2011


For your viewing pleasure, here are some photos of my Kinetic F-16D Block 52+ Fighting Falcon. The Lockheed Martin F-16D Block 52+ Fighting Falcon is a 2 seat fighter/bomber and is one of the most sophisticated and advanced multi-role fighter aircraft in the world. The multi-role fighter developed for Poland is equipped with a helmet-mounted cueing system used for directing precision guided munitions and off-boresight missiles as well as for increasing pilot situational awareness. 

Polish F-16Ds are also equipped with the Sniper Extended Range pod. The Sniper possesses advanced targeting technology and its image processing allows aircrews to detect and identify tactical-size targets outside threat rings for the destruction of enemy air defense mission, as well as outside jet noise ranges for urban counter-insurgency operations. It offers a 3-5 times increase in detection range over the legacy LANTIRN system.

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This was an out of the box build and the Kinetic F-16D Block 52+ kit comes in a big box jammed with parts. Luckily not all the parts are used; many are for weapons I didn’t use. I armed my F-16D with two AIM-120Cs, two AIM-9Xs, and two GBU-31 2000 lb JDAMs. I also gave it two 300 gallon wing tanks and a Sniper Pod. Surface detail of the parts is excellent. Construction of this kit was lengthy, but for the most part, the parts fit is quite good—it went together nicely.

To me the painting instructions for a Polish Airforce F-16D Block 52+ were inaccurate. After researching the web for the correct colors, I airbrushed the model with Model Masters enamel Light Ghost Gray. The camouflage pattern is MM Medium Gray, and the nose cone Dark gray. Landing gears and wheel wells were airbrushed with Floquil Reefer White. The missiles were painted with Light Ghost Gray and Reefer White.

Up to this point, the build was excellent. I was impressed with the quality of the kit until I started decaling the model—a bit of a letdown. I found the decals to be very thin and just about all of them silvered. I wound up using decals from a left over Hasegawa F-16C kit.

This kit sat on a shelf at the local hobby shop for a long time. I had never built a Kinetic kit and because it sat on a shelf for a long time I was a little leery about purchasing the kit. I am glad I did. I was very impressed with the quality of the kit. I found it to be a nice build and a fun project. To my eye, the finished model looks great. 

Burt Gustafson

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Photos and text © by Burt Gustafson