IsraDecals #46 F-16A/B 'Netz'

Units: All of them




Scott Van Aken


Israel was one of the first non-NATO countries to receive the F-16 with the initial deliveries of new planes beginning in 1980. The first squadron, "First Jet Squadron" was operational the next year. Since then, several more squadrons have converted, using either new aircraft or ex-USAF Falcons from surplus stocks. These later aircraft operated in the USAF grey scheme until the aircraft went in for overhauls and painting.

The squadrons that have operated the type are:

The First Jet
Knights of the North
The First Fighter
The Phoenix
The Flying Dragon
The Negev
Golden Eagle
Flying Wing

The sheet is most complete and includes tail markings for all the units. There are also a variety of number styles as well as tie-ins with named aircraft, serials, and kill or mission markings. In addition to color information and the appropriate three views, there are a number of nice photographs of specific aircraft. With all this available to you on one sheet, there is no reason not to do a goodly number of aircraft from this sheet.

For this 1/72 sheet, there are a number of F-16A/B kits around. Most will go for the Hasegawa versions but the Italeri/ESCI kit is quite good as well, though both are a bit weak in the cockpit area.

December 2005

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