1/48 scale Albatros Dr.I is available online from Squadron.com
This F-16D-40J Brakeet (Thunderbolt) depicts a 101st Squadron
aircraft based at Hatzor AB, Israel about 1993. This aircraft was
assigned the USAF serial 90-879, but carries the IDF #612 in service.
The two-seat Brakeets appear to be primarily be used for delivery of
precision-guided weapons including LGBs and (as shown) TV and IR guided
weapons. This particular load was suggested by a photograph in World Air
Power Journal Volume 19 and shows an AGM-130A powered glide-bomb under
the right wing and its centerline-mounted AN/AXQ-14 data link pod.
Only one of these 2,500-lb. weapons can be carried; if two were
carried, the asymmetric moment created when the first bomb was dropped
would make the aircraft uncontrollable. Therefore, a 500-lb. Mk 82 is
carried to counter-balance the AGM-130 while it is carried, yet leave
the aircraft controllable after it is dropped.
Finally, for self-defense two Python 3 air-to-air missiles are
Testors F-16 kit, modified with:
- DB humpback.
- Eagle Design’s bulged-landing gear doors, RHAW antenna, and “big-mouth”
- Eduard photo-etch engine nozzle interior.
- Fujimi F110 engine-nozzle.
- Aeromaster decals (BTW, the cool-looking 105 Squadron Scorpion
marking is too big and unusable.)
- Eagle Designs Python 3 bodies were combined with PP Aeroparts
wings and fins.
- Numerous antennas, inlets and exhausts were scratch built.
- The AXQ-14 pod was modified by cutting a 1/48th LAU-10 rocket pod
in half and modifying its pointed nose and tail fairings.
- The AGM-130 is based on a body produced by PP Aeroparts and
scratch built and cast wings and fins.
Model, Text and Images Copyright © 2001 by Patrick
Page Created 17 June, 2001
Last Updated 26 October, 2001
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