reviewed, 1/72 (ZTZ72006)
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printing, comprehensive instructions, very diverse set of markings
by Kursad Albayraktar
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F-16 has been a huge international success story for Lockheed Martin
(remember General Dynamics?), and many countries around the globe are
operating this very capable aircraft.
This diversity of operators and markings is not reflected to
aftermarket decals, however: For some reason, decal manufacturers choose
to ignore F-16 operators except USAF and Israel.
Zotz, the new brand from Albatros Decals, has seen this niche and
moved in to fill this need with an extensive set of international F-16
decals in 1/48 and 1/72 scale.
The first set in this effort is finally available, and as you will
probably agree, "extensive" would be an understatement here!
The "Vivacious Vipers" series by Zotz will cover many different
countries when complete, and each set in this series will contain
multiple sheets. The first set covers the F-16 operators Bahrain,
Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Pakistan, Portugal and Turkey. All
country-specific stencilling have been provided, and using the markings
on this sheet, it will be possible to build at least one F-16 from any
of the seven countries covered. The sheet I will review is the 1/48
offering, ZTZ48006, but I understand ZTZ72006 will be the same sheet in
printing quality is excellent (I degraded the images in this review to
protect Zotz's artwork), and the set contains three separate sheets plus
two small sheets for last-minute corrections (Greek serial numbers in
dark grey, and a corrected Portuguese "RESCUE" arrow to fix a small
typo.). The instructions are very comprehensive and explain different
features of each operator's F-16 fleet, and variations in equipment and
markings. All color references are given as FS numbers.
The contents of the sheets is as follows:
Bahrain: One F-16C Block 40(serial
103) and one F-16D Block 40(serial 154).
Denmark: One F-16A Block 05(serial
78-0180, "E-180") in NATO's 50the Anniversary special scheme. This
is a striking scheme with a large Holger Danske character on the
tail and gold/blue markings on one wing. Additional markings are
provided for a "plain" version of this Danish F-16 without the
Egypt: One F-16C Block 40(serial
9969) with orange ID panels on outer wings and spine. These ID
panels are very distinctive and would look great on your F-16. Even
a lengthened aft spine decal for the F-16A is provided to make it
possible to build an Egyptian F-16A.
Greece: One F-16C Block 30(serial
111) with a large eagle tail art, one F-16C Block 30(serial 127),
one F-16D Block 30(serial 149), one F-16D Block 52+(serial 601), one
F-16C Block 52+(serial 501), and one F-16C Block 50(serial 045).
Pakistan: One F-16A Block 15(serial
84705) with large "Griffins" squadron tail art, one F-16A Block
15(serial 85723) with two Afghani kill mark roundels under the
canopy sill, one F-16A Block 15(serial 84717) , a Su-22 killer. Two
different sets of Pakistani low-vis roundels and flags are provided
to allow for fading and tone variations on Pakistani aircraft, a
very classy touch on Zotz's part! Country-specific stencilling is
excellent, this was a big problem in building Pakistani F-16 models
Portugal: One F-16A ADF (serial
15117) and one F-16A ADF(serial 15101) with Esq.201 "Falcons" emblem
on the tail. Once again, the Portuguese stencilling is provided.
Turkey: One of the largest F-16
operators in the world with more than 200+ F-16C/D's, the previously
ignored Turkish Air Force is represented prominently on this sheet.
The sheet contains 11 Turkish F-16C/D's with Turkey-specific
stencilling and different squadron emblems. Having helped with the
research for this part, I am thrilled with the diversity of options
and the accuracy of the markings. A full list of Turkish aircraft on
the sheet is:
F-16C Block 40 (91-0014), 141.Filo ("Wolf") based in Akinci
F-16C Block 30 (88-0031), 142.Filo ("Gazelle") based in Akinci
F-16C Block 30 (87-0021), 143.Filo ("Oncel") based in Akinci
F-16D Block 50 (94-1560), 151.Filo ("Bronze") based in Merzifon.
F-16C Block 50 (94-0088), 152.Filo ("Raider") based in Merzifon.
F-16C Block 40 (90-0022), 161.Filo ("Bat") based in Bandirma.
F-16C Block 40 (89-0045), 162.Filo ("Harpoon") based in Bandirma.
F-16C Block 40 (93-0001), 181.Filo ("Leopard") based in Diyarbakir.
F-16C Block 40 (91-0017), 182.Filo ("Hawk") based in Diyarbakir.
F-16C Block 50 (94-0078), 191.Filo ("Cobra") based in Balikesir.
F-16D Block 50 (94-1563), 192.Filo ("Tiger") based in Balikesir,
Tiger Meet 2002 (Beja, Portugal) markings
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
Overall, this is an excellent sheet, and provides great value for the
modelers who would like to add an international F-16 to their
Many HyperScale regulars have collaborated to help Zotz in their
research for this sheet, and the results are well worth the effort. I am
certain this will be a hot seller, make sure you order one before it's
I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and congratulate Zotz
for this great product.
Thanks to Eli from Zotz / Albatros Productions for the
Albatros and Zotz Decals
are available from many dealers including
, Linden Hill Imports ,
Great Models webstore ,
Victory Models ,
North American Hobbies and
Squadron Mail Order
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