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F-16A/B NSAWC Vipers


1/48 scale


Twobobs Decals



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

Two Bobs 48-069 F-16A/B NSAWC Vipers

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: See text below
Price: USD$9.50 from http://www.twobobs.net
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Colorful subjects; decals in register and with minimal carrier film; full color instructions
Recommendation: Recommended.

Reviewed by Mike Reeves

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I have always been a fan of Aggressor aircraft because of the abundace of markings they have been painted in. The US Navy Fighter Weapons school operates a squadron of Lockheed F-16A/Bs. This sheet represents three of the aircraft from the NSAWC.


The aircraft assigned to the NSAWC have quite a cool history. The aircraft were previously earmarked for the Pakistani air force under the Peace Gate III program. The Pakistani's inability to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty prompted the US Government to assign the aircraft to AMARC in Tucson, Arizona for storage. The US eventually paid the Pakistani Government back for the money already spent on the aircraft. The aircraft were eventuall assigned to the USAF and a squadron for the USN. Edwards AFB received half of the aircraft and NAS Fallon got the rest.

The aircraft are all Block 15 OCU upgrade F-16A/Bs and have very low airframe hours. Several of them had less than 10 hours on the airframes upon delivery. The aircraft based at NAS Fallon are depicted on this sheet. There are four examples on this sheet and all are quite cool looking. Here is a break down of the four aircraft included:


  1. F-16B #06 This aircraft is marked in a wraparound scheme of FS30279, FS30219 and FS30140 It is quite a smart looking desert scheme.

  2. F-16A #51 This aircraft is marked exactly the same as aircraft one. The only difference is a slightly different shape to the scheme to compensate for the single seat setup.

  3. F-16A #61 This aircraft is painted in a two tone grey scheme of FS36270 and FS36118.

  4. F-16A #50 This one is my personal favorite. It is painted in a three tone blue and grey scheme of FS36320, FS35190 and FS35109. I am a sucker for the blue and grey schemes.


One really nifty thing about these aircraft is that the radome is painted to match the camouflage. I believe this is done because the aircraft have no radar installed. I may be wrong but I believe that is the case.

As usual with Two Bobs, the instruction sheet is very comprehensive and in full color. There are reference photos of the actual aircraft depicted on the sheet and a list of available kits and aftermarket products that can be used. The decals themselves allow you to build all four of the aircraft depicted! There are very few stencils included but, that is because the real items have very little stencilling on them. The decals themselves are printed by Microscale and are very thin. The color density is also excellent.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this sheet. If you like colorful Vipers this one is a must have.



My thanks to Bob Sanchez at Two Bobs Aviation Graphics for the review sample

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

Images and Text Copyright 2004 by Mike Reeves
This Page Created on 11 May, 2004
Last updated 10 May, 2004

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