Looking to do a couple MiG Killers, F-16DG (Block 42) 90-0778 and F-16CJ (Block 50) 91-0353
In 1/48 I have the Tamiya Aggressor C/N kit and I have the Kinetic DG/DJ Block 50 kit.
I'm well aware of the Kinetic droopy nose issues and lack of finesse compared to the Tamiya kit, but the people that look at my shelf know F-16's pretty well, but won't notice these particular "problems".
I see that decals are available for both, but the big question is how much of a pain is it to graft the leftover Tamiya intake/exhaust parts onto the Kinetic kit? Would I be better off getting another Kinetic kit with the 25/32/42/52 parts and kit bashing that way, or should I get rid of the Kinetic kit and look for a Hasegawa kit on ebay? Does Hasegawa even do a D 42/52 or am I still bashing anyway?
A look over at Squadron - they do not have ANY Hasegawa F-16's in stock.
The Hasegawa is still the way to go...I can't see any advantages Kinetic has on it...you are still going to need a larger HUD, but those are readily available in resin by themselves. 778 got its kill before any of the "scab" plates were added, so the conversion is easy...BUT, really the BEST route is to get Shawn Hull to get his posterior in gear and release his D conversion for Tamiya. That solves all problems.
The Hasegawa kits have the small intake and Pratt exhaust for a 42.
353 is easy.
Now, be aware that there are no markings available for 778 when it got its kill. The SuperScale ones are post kill when it was absorbed into the 33rd TFS...when Nordo knocked down his foxbat, it was a 19th TFS jet.