General Dynamics F-16
PM Models' 1/72 scale F-16 is available online at Squadron.com
(if you dare!)
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|Contents and Media:
||36 grey plastic parts on two sprues;
one clear part; decal options for two aircraft
||Nice quality styrene
||Grossly overscale surface features;
oversimplified details; sinkmarks on fine parts; thick fins on ordnance;
no detail on canopy; yellowed decals.
PM Models from Turkey have always produced somewhat crude models. During the
Great Modelling Drought of the 1980s this was excusable, as many of their
subjects were not available from other manufacturers.
This excuse no longer applies in the year 2001.
PM Models’ 1/72 scale F-16 is poor in almost every respect. Detail is massively
oversimplified, surface details are grossly overscale, smaller parts are
punctuated with ejector pin holes, the cockpit is a joke, the thick canopy has
no detail whatsoever and the decals are yellowed and blurry.
My first impression upon opening the box was disbelief at the thick, raised
panel lines. It took me a moment or two to make sure that I wasn’t looking at
some sort of mould channels on the inside surfaces of the kit. These raised
lines are also used to delineate the ailerons and rudder hinge line too.
The cockpit comprises a slab for the floor and a right-angled slab for a seat.
No control column. No side consoles. No instrument panel.
Click the thumbnails below to view
Ordnance is supplied but the fins are over a millimetre thick. That would be
the equivalent of a 3” thick fin on a full size Sidewinder.
I did not test-fit the parts but even if the model demonstrated perfect
alignment, it would still suffer from its fundamental flaws.
As I finish writing this review, I find myself wondering if I am practicing
some kind of snobbery because PM's F-16 does not meet my preconceptions of a
“good model”. Will this kit appeal to a different taste, a different skill
level? I think not. In fact, I cannot think of a single reason to recommend this
The F-16 is hardly a unique subject in 1/72 scale. Hasegawa has several boxings
in current release, and other models including the ESCI kit should still be
available at swap meets and hidden on the shelves of hobby shops. Any of these
kits is vastly superior to the PM F-16, and there are other choices out there
The low price is hardly an advantage either, considering the additional work and
the major input required from the spares box.
I would not even recommend this as a kit for the younger modeller. I’d rather
give them something that will provide more encouragement to continue with the
This model is bad even by the mediocre standards of PM’s other releases. Perhaps
this kit originated in the dim distant past. It is the only explanation I can
think of. If so, it should have remained a quaint historical cul-de-sac.
Thanks to Squadron.com
for the review sample
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Page Created 03 October, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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