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IAF Block 40 F-16D



Horizon Model Tech

 available online from Squadron.com




When I first saw this bird on the front cover of Janes Defence Weekly I knew I had to do it. Besides being a big spined Blk 40 F-16, it is also comes from the eye catching Scorpion (105?) Sqn, not to mention the ominous '666' serial.

This model is done from the Hasegawa 1/48 Blk 50 F-16DJ kit with some modifications which includes the ASHM, realistic flap settings, movable tailplanes, closed F110 nozzle from the Hase F-14D kit, static dischargers etc.



But the focal point of this subject is that avionics spine. After Italeri released its very disappointing version of the spine, we at Horizon Model Tech felt that modelers deserved better. So research began in earnest, observing real spines down to the rivet detail. After enough research was done,  a draft shape version was created to see how it would fit and whether it look right with the aircraft. The result of this first try is this IAF Blk 40 F-16D. The purpose is to test the fitting so that modelers do not have to do more than minimum putty work at the fuselage/spine interface and more importantly getting the correct shape, especially with the top of the spine. Of course we cannot advise at this time where the differences lie, because we might compromise our commercial interests. However, those with eagle eyes might begin to spot the differences compared to other similar big spine models.



The final HMT spine that will be offered for sale will be a even better spine with fine tuning to the shape and engraved details up to the rivet level, and some multimedia extras. It will come with at least 3 versions, ie Vista, IAF and RSAF versions. Of course more versions might be added with the delivery of new big spined birds to Greece/Israel/Singapore/Oman/Chile....

So, Viper fans out there, if you can wait for a while more your patience will be rewarded very soon!

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Horizon Model Tech products may be viewed at their website http://www.horizontech.bizland.com/

Enquiries may be directed to hmodletech@yahoo.com

Text and Images Copyright 2002 by Mark Goh
Page Created 14 September, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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