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F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks

Skunkmodels 1/32 F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2008 Manufacturer Skunkmodels Workshop
Subject F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32001 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Very simple update for the 1/32 Tamiya Viper Cons  
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $22.99

 

 

First Look

F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks
F-16 Conformal Fuel Tanks

Here is a brand new company that has entered the hobby market and I was pleasantly surprised by their first release! The company is Skunkmodels Workshop and they are carried by the nice folks at LuckyModel.com. When I first spotted this release, I immediately ordered two sets.

There are several things noteworthy about this set.

  1. It is injection-molded styrene, not resin. You can glue these onto your Viper with your regular cement.
  2. The parts are quite thin. This means that you won't have any challenges installing them, they are a drop-on fit.
  3. They are tailored to the Tamiya 1/32 Vipers. I don't know if they'll fit the Academy kit. There is no point in fitting these to the Hasegawa kit as that release represents the F-16A and early F-16C variants which never were fitted with these tanks. These are designed for and flown on the Block 50/52 F-16C (export models only at present) and Block 60/62 F-16E.
  4. This set also includes a small fret of photo-etch to represent the access panels on these tanks.

If you're modeling a modern Viper in international colors, including Singapore, Greece, and Israel, these tanks will definitely make an eye-catching addition to Tamiya's magnificent F-16C kit. This set will work with either release, though the tanks are only correct for the F-16CJ kit.

For more information about this set and future releases from Skunkmodels Workshop, visit the LuckyModel website at www.luckymodel.com.

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