1/48 Kinetic F-16D Blk 52+

Gallery Article by Eric Morningstar on Feb 1 2016



The F-16 Fighting Falcon was designed by General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) in the 1970's to be a moderate cost, air superiority workhorse for the USAF.  It is well established in the USAF and throughout the world and has gone through numerous design modifications and upgrades to make it into an excellent all-purpose all weather multirole aircraft.  It continues to be sold, upgraded and improved with mission specific capabilities with more than 4550 airframes having been built for domestic and export purposes. 

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It serves in the air forces of 25 nations.  The subject of my model is the 2 seat Pratt & Whitney powered Block 52+ of the Polish AF.  They currently operate 48 F-16C and D's. 

I armed my Falcon with a AAQ-33 XR Sniper pod, two AGM-154 JSOW glide munitions with penetrator warhead, two AIM120's and two AIM-9X's.  I also added some Eduard photo etch to the cockpit and a resin burner can from Aires.  I found the Kinetic kit to be a trouble free and enjoyable build. 

Hope you like it, thanks!

Eric Morningstar

Photos and text by Eric Morningstar