Speed Hunter Graphics 48013: Heritage Vipers
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
This particular sheet covers eleven different ANG/AFRES F-16s. Most of these are F-16Cs with one lone A model in the mix. The decals are designed for the Tamiya 1/48 F-16 which is fine for most of the subjects as the two Tamiya variants are a Block 25/30 and a Block 50. However, their F-16A kit is a prototype and so not one that can be used. Note that the F-16A is shown in the art work with the smaller horizontal stabilizer. As for the Block 42 plane, I'm not sure if that can be built from the Block 50 kit or not.
Now, it seems to me that most of these markings, if not all, can be used on other F-16 kits, so you have the opportunity to use your Hasegawa, Kinetic or other kits for not only the early Viper, but perhaps for the others as well. The changes in block numbers can be confusing so I suggest a bit of research if you are unsure.
Here are the sheet options:
1) F-16A Block 10 80-0500, 906th Tactical Fighter Group, Boneyard Bound artwork, final F-16 to leave the base, July 1994
The decals are superbly printed by Cartograf and the full color placement guide offers snippets of information on each of the subjects on the sheet. Though not shown, there is an additional smaller sheet with stencils, insignia and other common markings. There are enough of these for two complete aircraft and those who want to use more of the markings from this sheet can always use kit decals.
All of these options are aircraft with special markings to denote some sort of special event. In all cases, the large color areas will need to be painted by the modeler, but none are very onerous. Those with sharp eyes will notice that a few are in the older three-grey scheme, though most are in the simplified two-grey option.
In all, a great sheet with enough on there to please any F-16 fan and perhaps some that will draw in those who normally don't build 'grey jets'.
Thanks to www.reidairpulishing.com for the review set. You can get yours at this link.
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