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Big Mouth
Big Mouths

Block 40

Part 1

Twobobs Decals



1/48 scale



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

Two Bobs 48-088 F-16C Big Mouth Big Mouths, Block 40 Part 1

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See text below
Price: USD$10.00 with free shipping online from http://www.twobobs.net
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Decals in register and with minimal carrier film; full color instructions including reference photos of the subject; national markings and stencils for two aircraft
Disadvantages: One option labelled as an F-16C but is actually a D.
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Mike Reeves

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Who does not like to see a shark mouth on combat aircraft?

Something about that just makes any aircraft that sports one look cool in my opinion. The new release of Two Bobs F-16C Big Mouth Big Mouths has three Pope AFB, North Carolina jets featured and all wear a shark mouth.

On the sheet you get three choices:

  • F-16C Block 40, s/n 90-0776 CC aircraft, 74th Fighter Squadron, 1994

  • F-16C Block 40, s/n 88-0516, 74th Fighter Squadron, 1994

  • F-16D Block 40, s/n 88-0170 Wing Commanders A/C, 23rd wing, 1994

The decals are up to TwoBobs' usual high standards with great opacity and minimal carrier film. It appears that you can get two complete airframes off of this sheet.

As can be seen in the scan of the sheet you can see that you get two shark mouths and enough stencils and national markings for two jets. I am also impressed by the tail codes on the two commanders jets. You get a separate white shadow decal to border the grey FT code. This allows the modeler to line up his own codes so if they are out of register it is the builders fault. This also provides for better color density.

One little niggle on the sheet lies in the instructions. The sheet is called F-16C Big Mouth Big Mouths. The D model on the sheet is also labeled a C model on the instructions. Well I got confused and had to make sure that it was indeed a D model so off to http://www.F-16.net I went and lo and behold 88-0170 is a D model. So those of you looking to do a D model that has some color to it, this is a great sheet for you.

The instructions also provide you with some very nice photos of the real jets featured on the sheet, including the aforementioned D model. These photos provide some nice assistance in decal placement along with paint and weathering. I wish other manufacturers would include pics of the subjects they do. It is also mentioned that for the block 40 jets you need to do the “scab” plates on the rear of the fuselage. This is a unique feature to Block 40s. Eduard makes a PE set for them but I am sure you can also make your own.

All in all this is another great offering from Two Bobs. I may just have to build the D model as it just looks tough with that colorful shark mouth

Thanks to Two Bobs Decals for the review sample.

Twobobs Decals are available online directly from their website at http://www.twobobs.net

Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Mike Reeves
This Page Created on 13 February, 2005
Last updated 12 February, 2005

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