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||IsraCast 48015 - F-16I “Sufa”
Conversion Kit (revised)
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||U.S. $55 (includes shipping)
available online from
||High quality casting; detailed;
Reviewed by "Bondo" Phil
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My admiration for the small Israeli nation and, specifically, for the
IAF goes back to 1968 when Boy MAC Nav Bondo strode off his huge C-133A
Weenie Wagon onto the Lod (Tel Aviv) Airport tarmac. That night at the
hotel bar we listened to a jazz quartet’s rendition of Hava Nagela and
shared war stories with an Israeli fighter pilot (a Six Day War
participant) who, in his best Brooklyn Yiddish accent, smilingly asked
us, “So how’s your war going?” The next morning saw us on a fascinating
tour of Israeli Aircraft Industries. Later, as we waited in the Lod
terminal to go out to preflight our big hummer, we must’ve fallen in
love every five minutes with the truly attractive young ladies, many in
military uniform, strolling by.
But, Bondo digresses............
The IAF’s latest and greatest weapon system is the F-16I “Sufa” (storm).
In 2001 Israel ordered 104 of this high-end version of Ft. Worth’s
venerable Block 50/52 F-16D two-seater, and the first bird was delivered
in 2004, with final production to be finished in 2008.
The most visually significant difference in the Sufa is the 450 gallon
conformal fuselage tanks, which greatly up the mission range–can you say
“Iran”?--and double the aircraft’s weapon carriage ability. The other
significant profile change is the large dorsal avionics fairing (much
like the IAF “Brakeet.”)
The basis for the conversion is Hasegawa’s F-16DJ Block 50 kit,
09352. As you would expect for half a hundred bucks, this is a very
complete conversion kit: thirty cleanly-cast components, a
small-but-detailed PE fret and two small decal sheets (panels, etc., but
not national/unit markings or stencils).
Separately available markings and beaucoup stencils go for $25,
including a walkaround DVD. Also available ($30) is ISRADecal honcho and
nice guy Ra’anan Weiss’ excellent Sufa book. Bondo looked at it at the
KC nats, and it’s got more detail on this airframe than one could ever
The conversion consists mainly of replacing the cockpit coaming,
forward-of the-windscreen fuselage and instrument panel, plus adding the
conformal tanks and avionics dorsal fairing.
Also included are new wheel/tire castings new main/nosegear doors and
a wealth of small avionics protuberances.
Three excellent pages of B&W closeup photos with a multitude of small
part callouts in contrasting white and one auxiliary drawing to show the
arrangement of small parts on the wingtip missile pylons. A complete
resin/PE/decal part number layout at the beginning of the instructions
insures that no rocket scientists will be required here.
Every Israeli Air Force fan needs to have a model of what will
undoubtedly be their go-to airframe for the next generation.
It’s possible that Hasegawa could, since they’ve already released the
Brakeet kit, eventually do the Sufa, but ISRAdecal’s very detailed and
accurate conversion kit is here now, and it’s done by those who really
Two thumbs up!
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