F-16I Block 52+ Sufa
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
||CMK 4192 -
F-16I Block 52+ Sufa Conversion Set
available online from Squadron
available online from Hannants
Contents and Media:
||See text below
detail and casting; no major surgery of the Hasegawa kit
required; includes decals
1/48 scale F-16I Block 52+ Sufa Conversion
is available online from Squadron.com
New from CMK, is their detail complementary set No 4192
a resin and etched metal conversion set to convert the Hasegawa 1/48
scale F-16 into an Israeli Air Force F-16I Sufa ("Storm").
But first some background. The F-16I Sufa is a modified variant of the
Lockheed Martin F-16D Block 50 and 52 fighter and ground attack
The Sufa is an odd looking aircraft to say the least and its looks are
further altered by the fitment of a pair of low drag removable conformal
fuel tanks (CFT) mounted on both sides of the upper fuselage holding 450
US gallons of extra fuel.
As if the CFTs don’t do enough to detract from the looks
of the original F-16 it is based on, The F16I is also fitted with a
dorsal avionics compartment. The large dorsal compartment extends from
the rear of the cockpit to the fin and it houses additional avionics
systems, chaff and flare dispensers and the aircraft's in-flight
Moving to the nose now, this area has also been modified from original
configuration with the addition of various antennae and electronic
equipment lumps and bumps.
Enough of my defamation of the looks of this bird and on
to the conversion!
The kit comprises 31 resin pieces, 35 etched metal parts
on a single fret and a decal sheet that has options for two machines.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The conversion itself looks to be pretty simple itself
with the only challenging step being the removal of the kit’s nose and
its replacement with the resin one. The rest is the simple being the
sticking of various lumps and bumps to the fuselage, the placement of
the dorsal avionics compartment/fin and rudder/ CFTs and the
substitution of resin parts for kit parts (the undercarriage bay doors
and wheels being examples of the latter).
The etch metal parts are mainly flare/chaff holders or their blanked off
panels and static wicks the latter which look to be real fun to place!
The resin parts are simply perfect. The cast-in detail is crisp and
sharp and the panel lines look to be a pretty close match to what is
already on the donor Hasegawa kit. I could not find a single pin hole or
mis-cast in any of the parts at all. There is some flash but that
literally rubs off in your fingers.
The decals look superb too, nice and thin and in perfect register. You
get the option of a single machine of give you the option of a single
machine from the “Knights of the Orange Tail Squadron” and three
different machines of the “Negev” Squadron.
Assembly instructions are via exploded view drawings with a “parts map”
on the front page to help you identify each of the parts to a number
key, two full colour four-view drawings of each option to assist with
camouflage pattern and decal placement and a key to FS paint shades
matched to Humbrol model paints.
The resin parts are packed into three different clear plastic zip-loc
bags, the decals and etch metal fret into a further one. All of these
are then packed into a reasonably thick folded up cardboard box that
looks to be fairly robust, a vast improvement of CMK’s previous
An excellent effort from CMK as far as I am concerned. The set supplies
everything you need (including decals) to build a very nice 1/48 scale
rendition of the one-to-one-scale machine.
Thanks to CMK for the review sample
Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 27 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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