I recently discovered the existence of diecast airplane models and I haven't stopt thinking about buying one or not ever since. So let's say I'm buying one, which one do you guys think is the best one? The nicest looking one? with the least amount of flaws?
I'm thinking of buying one of the following Hobby Master models:
- 31 OG "Triple Jastreb-Killer"
- 185th FG/174 FS, Iowa Air National Guard "The Bats"
- 421st FS "Black Widows" Balad Air Base, Iraq (this one might be hard to find, since the local store doesn't sell it)
- FA-117, Belgian Air Force
I'm from Belgium myself so the Belgian airforce version has some more 'emotional/patriotic' meaning to it. However, I really like the colors of the USAF versions a lot. Always have, even the real life ones. When I was just a kid, at airshows, the USAF planes always looked much better than the Belgian ones.
So what do you guys think? One of those four? Or are there other/nicer ones?
I look forward to your opinions.
I was in the same position about a year ago...I just needed to add an F-16 to my collection.
I wanted to get the Black Widows...but the price on those has gone through the roof.
Finally settled on the “Triple Jastreb” and very glad I did.
Now I’ll probably be jumping on the Wild Weasel when it comes out.
If you like bold markings, go for the Bats. For rarity pick the Belgian I'd say. Apart from possible future special paints (with colorful tails) you won't get many more Belgian fighters in the future.
Another cool thing about the Belgian version is that it has some orange markings like the ejection seat label which adds a nice touch over the grey scheme (much like the F-16As had originally). Plus, it has the trio grey scheme —*you can see the colour split where the underside grey meets the upper surface grey on the front part of the fuselage.
Sorry, Yes, the F-16 117 Belgian. I think HM has just done an incredible job with all their F-16's.
I would say, collect what you like because you like it. Being here in the US, I have a large collection of US aircraft mainly. Branched out to the Israel birds and now with the AETE F-18 coming out, will probably start collecting the Canada birds as well myself.
Okay thanks for the replies, people!
So basically it doesn't really matter that much, with a slight preference to the Belgian model.
How about the armament? How does that work? Do all models have the same armaments? Or do they only have the weapons shown in the preview pics?
Because the Belgian/Triple Jastreb-Killer models have cooler weaponry than the 'The Bats' version, for example. And other models have even more different bombs attached.
Weapon loads will vary from model to model. I generally go check out the pics at links to 1/72 Hobby Master Jet Air Power Series first, then check out eBay or The Flying Mule for more pics. Googling/Binging Images of the model also helps.
Currently I'm thinking of getting the Triple Jastreb-Killer.
The Belgian model is 10€ more and I can't seem to find pics of different weaponry than shown on the preview pics.
Also, the weaponry on the triple Jastreb-killer looks cooler than on the Bats version.
Anyway, thanks for the advice guys!
Ps: all of this talk about HM models.. are there other brands with f16 models of the same quality or better?
"why look for other brand? Is HM not good in some way you can try AF1 "
How cruel of a snipe hunt that is.
HM has a great F-16 model, Dragon does almost as nice of a model but not too many other come to the detailing, accuracy and quality of HM. HM is the best way to go. Their F-15 is another nice model but they have had a few bad paint jobs. I have a feeling this year, it will be another great model for livery schemes.
Nothing wrong with HM, I was just wondering if there were more brands I should look into before buying.
But I'm going with HM after all, they really do look the best in my opinion and are easily available.
Like I am the ACE said, the Flying Mule is a great place to see photos of the models.
Other websites which have great photos are Hobby Master Collector (hobbymastercollector.com) and Ed Kao's vimeo page where he does rotating recordings of the models (https://vimeo.com/user12967700/videos).
The Hobby Master Collector is where you can see the pre-production photos, as well.