F-16 Saddle Tanks and
F-16D Peace Marble II/III Spine
Cutting Edge Modelworks
S u m m a r y
|Catalogue Number, Description
CEC48428 - F-16 Saddle Tanks
CEC48433 - F-16D Peace Marble II/III Spine USD$12.99
|Contents and Media:
||CEC48428 - Two pieces in grey
CEC48433 - One piece in grey resin
||Dramatic change to the outline
of the F-16; very clean casting; good detail; simple conversion; will
also be relevant to the next generation of F-16s and be complimentary
to forthcoming resin Block 50 "Big Mouth" from CE.
||Some reference will be required
for specific "Peace Marble" subjects; or other air force's big spines.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Cutting Edge Modelworks has recently released two
interesting resin accessories that will transform the outline of your
Hasegawa 1/48 scale F-16 kits.
The first, CEC48428, is a set of F-16 conformal saddle
tanks. These big tanks are attached to the upper fuselage of the model,
and are very distinctive. They will become more common in the
coming years on both USAF and foreign F-16s.
The tanks are cast as one piece each, and are attached to
a relatively small casting block at the back of the tanks. The
instructions point out that the tanks are only applicable to the Hasegawa
kits, and that the tanks should be glued to the upper fuselage before the
lower fuselage and wings have been added. The ideal method of securing
these parts is two-part epoxy glue, as this will permit a few minutes to
adjust the parts if required.
The next accessory is CEC48433, F-16D Peace Marble II/III
Spine. This is the large avionics spine as fitted to two-seater Israeli
The single resin part will be extremely simple to add to
the Hasegawa kit, but care should be taken when removing the casting
block. I recommend repeatedly scribing either side of the strip connecting
the part to the block, then snapping the block off.
The spine may be applicable to other air forces' Vipers
too, but check for detail differences on the spines before embarking on
These two accessories could also be used together for the
brand new Block 52+ F-16, resulting in a dramatically different profile
for the Viper.
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