F-16A NSAWC Adversary by Burt Gustafson
Brand: Not listed / Unknown
Scale: 1/48
Modeler: Burt Gustafson


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For your viewing pleasure, here are some photos of my 1/48 scale F-16A NSAWC Adversary model. In 1995 the U.S. Navy Topgun School was moved from NAS Miramar (just east of the city of San Diego) to become a part of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at NAS Fallon, near the city of Fallon Nevada.

In 2000 the U.S. Navy was allocated 14 F-16s (ten A models and four B models) that had originally been earmarked for Pakistan but were never delivered. The aircraft are now assigned to NSAWC as Aggressor aircraft. The model depicted here is that of an NSAWC F-16A with the Bort Code of 60. A Bort Code is a number that simulates the numbering that Soviet fighters wore.

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When you open the box that contains the Kinetic F-16 A/B NSAWC Adversary kit, you will be amazed. The large box is packed with 450 parts, far more than any other F-16 kit—too many parts. The kit offers the option of building an A version (single seat) or a B version (two seats). I chose to build the A version.

Construction began with the cockpit that went together reasonably well. There are no decals for the instrument panels, just raised detail. But, with careful painting you can make the cockpit look realistic. I also added seat belts for more realism. The two clear canopy pieces have parting lines down the middle of each piece that required sanding out. However, the two canopy pieces installed without much hassle.

Since my F-16A is an Aggressor aircraft, used for air combat training, I installed the AN/APX-95 TACTS Pod on the starboard missile rail and an inert AIM-9X on the port missile rail. Note that I also installed a lead weight into the nose cone to prevent any tail sitting. By and large, the instructions were clear and not too hard to follow. The parts fit of the kit is fair, a lot of flash. Some assemblies built up nicely, others not so well, requiring serious filling and sanding.

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For painting I went with a blue wrap-around paint scheme, used during the years 2006-2009. The paint scheme given in the painting guide called for Light Ghost Gray, Blue, and Dark Blue. For the Light Ghost Gray and Blue colors I used Model Masters paints. For the Dark Blue I used Floquil Dark Blue. The landing gears and wheel wells were painted with Floquil Reefer White.

I found the painting and decaling guide illustrations were rather poor. Additionally, I think the darkest color blue should be Blue, not Dark Blue. I say this because the paint scheme of my F-16A does not look like any of the paint schemes shown in the box art. However, I saw a photo of a Marine Corp NSAWC F-16A that had a paint scheme very similar to my NSAWC F-16A.

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The decals for this kit are nicely printed with good color and crisp detail. They performed well, settling down nicely to the model surface with a touch of Solvaset. I finished off the model by airbrushing a coat of Model Masters Semi Gloss Clear Lacquer Finnish.

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In summary, the Kinetic kit goes together reasonably well and it looks like an F-16A. The only drawbacks are the number of parts—way too many, and the paint guide. This was not an easy build—it is not a kit for beginners.


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  Photos and text © 2013 by Burt Gustafson

January 19, 2013