Revell 1/48 F-16 Air Team

George Collazo

George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.

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  • Gary Striyle

    So you didn’t actually build this model? My son and I experienced poor fitting parts, not enough parts and issues with the directions. One of the larger issues is that the number of exhaust nozzle segments is short one. 5 doesn’t make a complete nozzle, it would take six. The directions also list these as part 60 but the parts on the tree are labeled as 32.

    • Hello Gary, thanks so much for leaving your comment. Sorry you had troubles with your kit. I recommend you to contact Revell and request your missing part. Here is the direct link for missing/broken parts and trust me, if there’s a model kit company diligent with parts replacement is Revell USA:

      The parts count might not match and that depends on the specific version of the F-16 your son built. In this case the Air Team. It could have been a mistake from Revell I only assess the kit in this case because it is not a new kit. We just want to see who good (or bad) the kit is printing for its age. In this case if memory serves me well, the kit itself is as old as the real aircraft. Fitting of the parts might require some elbow grease to make it look like the one pictured on the box. A Hasegawa brand version for example could cost 3X more because they are likely to be a newer tooling with newer technology thus wonderful fit. Mold injection has been growing in giant steps the last 10 years.

      The flaws on these kits are common for kits of this age hence the price. These kits are GREAT canvas for beginners and trust me, your son will surely sharpen skills that will be for benefit as he keeps building and stay in the hobby. Other than receiving some samples we don’t have any business with Revell USA. I do see myself on your side because I still purchase their models with my own money. Revell makes this hobby very inexpensive for beginners. Tell your son I sent him my regards and to keep it up. This is part of the hobby even for those with more disposable income. I wouldn’t recommend the Hasegawa F-14A to nobody. It cost me $65 a few years ago and literally ended in the parts bin for my sci-fi projects.

      On top of my head, a few models you can get for him at Michaels with their always present 40% discount coupon:

      1/48 F-18 Hornet
      1/48 German Stuka Bomber
      1/48 F-15 Eagle

      They are very good kits for the money even though their are old tooling, I highly recommend these 3 for a start. Thanks again for writing in.

      George Collazo