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F-16 Kits in 1/48 - Who Makes the Best?

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F-16 Kits in 1/48 - Who Makes the Best?
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:22 PM

For some reason I feel the need to build a bomb/rocket/fuel tank sled, and the Viper has so many variants and manufacturers - and that's the question. Having never built a Viper, and having read a bunch of reviews, I'm confused as to which kit to go with.

Every review seems to have some issue with the inaccuracies of this kit or the other, and nearly all of them seem to use AM resin and PE to get to a "real" representation of the aircraft. So I would like to get some feedback as to which kit or kits would give me a good compromise between realism and fun of construction.

I'll welcome your opinions!

mike

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Posted by Jester75 on Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:31 PM

I can't really answer your question as I have yet to build one but I do have one in the stash. It is the Kinetic Sufa version of the viper. I will say one thing, the dang box weighs a freaking ton and there is enough ordinance to fit out 2 or 3 of em in there!! The moldings look fantastic but like I said, haven't built one and really dont know that much about the Viper to say whether its accurate or not. Knowing the forums here, I'm sure someone will be along shortly and lay it all out nice and neatly for us!!Yes

Eric

 

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Posted by Bronto on Sunday, March 13, 2011 11:08 PM

It really depends on which version of the F-16 that you want to model.    The best "basic" F_16 in 1/48 I would go with the Tamiya kits.  It has the best overall shape, and also the best engineering of any of the F-16 kits.  The down side is the price.  The Kinetic kits aren't "bad".  They have several shape issues, but they offer variants not covered by other manufacturers. 

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Posted by rjkplasticmod on Monday, March 14, 2011 8:02 AM

My vote is for Tamiya.

Regards,  Rick

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Posted by paintsniffer on Monday, March 14, 2011 7:52 PM

Tamiya.. Hands down.

I have to wonder when someone says Kinetic kits aren't bad if they have ever built one. The two I have built fit horribly.

Excuse me.. Is that an Uzi?

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Posted by Bronto on Monday, March 14, 2011 8:07 PM

paintsniffer

Tamiya.. Hands down.

I have to wonder when someone says Kinetic kits aren't bad if they have ever built one. The two I have built fit horribly.

 

Yes.  I have built 3 of them.  They take a little work to get to fit well.  But then I build a lot of limited-run, resin, and even vacuform kits, so I am used to working with kits that do not fall together.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 8:57 AM

Ack! I've several of the Kinetic kits in my stash, they look so good in the box but haven't tried building any of them yet!

I'd like to point out if you're worried about blowing a wad of cash on the Tamiya kit the Academy kit while not as nice isn't too shabby and a lot cheaper.

 

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Posted by dmk on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:06 AM

Has anyone tried the Italeri F-16A kit?  I have the kit with the Dirty Diana & Italian AF decals in my stash.  (This one: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXMRY5&P=FR)

It looks like with aftermarket decals, it would make a nice ANG ADV Viper.

 

 

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Posted by troublemaker66 on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:29 AM

There`s always the Revellogram kit....a nice base to start with especially if you`re gonna buy a bunch of AM stuff...at least the kit will be cheaper!

Len Pytlewski

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Posted by Daywalker on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:18 AM

rjkplasticmod

My vote is for Tamiya.

Regards,  Rick

Ditto A stunning kit that fits well and really looks the part.

Frank 

 

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Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:43 AM

dmk

Has anyone tried the Italeri F-16A kit?  I have the kit with the Dirty Diana & Italian AF decals in my stash.  (This one: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXMRY5&P=FR)

It looks like with aftermarket decals, it would make a nice ANG ADV Viper.

I suspect the Italeri -A kit is descended from the old ESCI kit based on the prototype/early production -A.

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Posted by dmk on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:58 AM

Phil_H

 

 

I suspect the Italeri -A kit is descended from the old ESCI kit based on the prototype/early production -A.

Possibly.  I don't know enough about the F-16 details to tell.

 I know the kit does have at least some of the ADF features (except for the spotlight, which is easy enough to add).  It also does have the larger rear stabilizers.

 

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Posted by IBuild148 on Friday, March 18, 2011 11:01 PM

Without a doubt........Tamiya. If you want some interesting decals try TwoBobs!

I have build 8 - Tamiya F-16's and they never have never disappointed.

 

 

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Posted by randypandy831 on Saturday, March 19, 2011 9:08 PM

Tamiya would be your best bet in 1/48. they aren't on the cheap side neither. i still need to add one to the stash.

tamiya 1/48 P-47D $25 + shipping

tamiya 1/48 mosquito $20+ shipping

hobby boss 1/48 F-105G. wings and fuselage cut from sprue. $40+ shipping. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, March 19, 2011 9:37 PM

Phil_H

 dmk:

Has anyone tried the Italeri F-16A kit?  I have the kit with the Dirty Diana & Italian AF decals in my stash.  (This one: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXMRY5&P=FR)

It looks like with aftermarket decals, it would make a nice ANG ADV Viper.

I suspect the Italeri -A kit is descended from the old ESCI kit based on the prototype/early production -A.

Not at all. They are leagues apart in detail and sprue lay out. I built the ESCI one ages ago. Still ahve yet to build one my Italeri ones.

 

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Posted by ROBERT KLOPP on Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:22 PM

I will be building the old 1/48 hasegawa kit and the newer tamiya kit simultaneously. Wish me luck on both. Thanks. Bob 

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Posted by ROBERT KLOPP on Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:24 PM

dmk

 

 
Phil_H

 

 

I suspect the Italeri -A kit is descended from the old ESCI kit based on the prototype/early production -A.

 

 

 

Possibly.  I don't know enough about the F-16 details to tell.

 

 I know the kit does have at least some of the ADF features (except for the spotlight, which is easy enough to add).  It also does have the larger rear stabilizers.

 

 

I will be building the old 1/48 hasegawa kit and the newer tamiya kit simultaneously. Wish me luck on both. Thanks. Bob 

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Posted by Doru on Monday, October 23, 2023 3:02 PM

It is still true in 2023...

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, October 23, 2023 3:45 PM

Doru

It is still true in 2023...

 

Now it's any of the 1/48 Tamiya offerings,they are a dream,or the Kinetic Gold Series F-16's almost as good.

Those are my thoughts after building both.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Monday, October 23, 2023 5:49 PM

I have yet to build a F-16, but I have high hopes of doing so! I have a tamiya and two Kinetic kits in my stash and my understanding is that the Tamiya kit is the easier build while the Kinetic kit has the better detail. The Kinetic kit certainly has the most plastic in the box. As far as Kinetic fit goes; I am currently working on a Kinetic F-104 and the fit is excellent. If the F-16 goes together as well; there will be no room to say that the Tamiya kit fits better!

 

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 1:02 PM

Gamera
the Academy kit while not as nice isn't too shabby and a lot cheaper.

I built the Academy kit (grafting on the tail parachute housing from the equally-ancient Esci kit) and found it to have generally good parts fit and a trouble-free build. Nowhere as detailed as the 'premium brands,' of course, but it looks the part for an early-block A model (and has very nice panel lines).

Greg

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