1/48 Hasegawa F-2A/B Viper Zero

Gallery Article by naioh2 – Saran S. on Sept 3 2014



Please enjoy my “Japan F-16” – “Mitsubishi F-2A/B – Viper Zero” from J.A.S.D.F. (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) in 1/48 scale from Hasegawa. F-2A/B was based on F-16 block 52.

And some differences in the F-2 from the F-16 are [ - a 25% larger wing area , - composite materials used to reduce overall weight radar signature , - longer and wider nose to accommodate a J/APG-1/J/APG-2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The F-2 was the first operational military aircraft in the world to feature an AESA radar, before the F-22 Raptor’s AN/APG-77 AESA radar , - larger tailplane and larger air intake , - three-piece cockpit canopy , - capabilities for four ASM-1 or ASM-2 anti-ship missiles, four AAMs, and additional fuel tanks] JASDF used F-2 as Multirole fighter. (Data from Wiki) 

I was made my F-2 in special markings 

  • F-2A : 3rd SQ,3rd AW - Misawa Air Base - TAC Meet 2010

  • F-2B : 21st SQ,4th AW - Matsushima Air Base - 50th anniversary of Japan Air Self Defence Force 2004


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For the model, I was build both from Hasegawa F-2A and F-2B used Beaver - Photo Etched Cockpit Set, Decal F-2A/B TAC Meet 2010 & Anniversary from DMX Decal , J.A.S.D.F. Oceanic Camouflage Colors from Mr. Hobby, Hasegawa - J.A.S.D.F. Weapon Set A
- F-2A Equip AAM-3 x2,ASM-2 Anti-Ship Missiles x4
- F-2B Equip AAM-3 x2,ASM-1 Anti-Ship Missiles x2,CBU-87B Cluster Bomb x2,GCS-1 Mk.82 Laser Guide Bomb

I do hope that you will enjoy with the kit.  Thanks.

naioh2 – Saran S.

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Photos and text © by naioh2 – Saran S.