Hasegawa 1/72 F-16A/ADF 'Italian AF Special Combo'
|$44.75 from GreatModels $56.00 MSRP
|Scott Van Aken
The F-16 Air Defense Fighter (ADF) was a special variant of the Block 15 optimized for the United States Air National Guard's fighter interception mission. Begun in 1989, 270 airframes were modified. Some were fully modified while few others were only partially updated. Avionics were upgraded (including the addition of an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogator with "bird-slicing" IFF antennas), and a spotlight fitted forward and below the cockpit, for night-time identification. This was the only US version equipped with the AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile. Beginning in 1994, these aircraft began to be replaced by newer F-16C variants. By 2005, only the North Dakota ANG was flying this variant, with these last examples retired by 2007. Interestingly, two ANG units, the 169th FS Illinois ANG and 198th FS Puerto Rico ANG flew these aircraft in the ground attack role.
A number of these aircraft were later refurbished and sold, including the aircraft operated by Italy Portugal operates F-16s with many of the ADF features, though these were new build.
Those who really like commemorative paint scheme will find this boxing to be great. Those who want a 1/72 F-16A/ADF will be pleased as well, though the hunt will be on for markings. Aside from the Fujimi ADF kit, I think this may well be it.
http://en.wikipedia.org I got mine at GreatModels where you can find lots of kits, books and accessories. December 2011
I got mine at GreatModels where you can find lots of kits, books and accessories.
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