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General Dynamics F16 Falcon extra large Scale 1/5


Last addition: 08-01-2012


F16 with full-size


This is my latest project which consumes all my spare-time. The model is based on the Scale-Jets large scale 1/5 F16 kit from Marijn Penninx but most parts are by made myself due to weight saving needed on all items. Some glass-fiber fuselage parts have been laid up myself and other parts are homemade as well, just take a look at the pictures below. The complete scale retractable landinggear has been measured and cad-drawn by myself using the full-size aircraft which has been visited several times, including the orange "Lion" prototype which I reproduced. For that many thanks to demo pilot Cpt. Ralph "Sheik" Aarts and his crew for giving me permission to visit the J-015 at Gilze-Rijen AFB during practise sessions for the 2009 season.
Making turbine engines is a second hobby of me (see turbine page) and also the engine for this project has been designed and made by myself. It's a diversion from the good old KJ66 design with larger compressor and turbine wheel which made a mammoth thrust increase from 8kg to approx. 20kg thrust with engine weight of only 1130gram. This engine brings the model's max speed up to an amazing 360km/h.


The model has made it's maiden flight 4th september 2010. Since than she made many flights to date. Highlight is the worldchampionship of JetWorldMasters 2011 held at Dayton Ohio, USA. Model became second on static in largest 20KG class. Now working further on details like cockpit, wheel wells, markings and several other details.




Technical data:

Scale: 1/5
Length: 292cm
Span: 190cm
Mass: 19kg
Mass Take-off: 23kg
Fuel: Jet-A1.
Engine: Homemade turbine "GR180"
Thrust: 20kg
Landinggear: Homemade using pneumatic pressure for retraction and braking power.
Max. speed: 360 km/h
Take-off, landing speed: 60 km/h
Cruize/demo speed: 220 km/h
Radio gear: Futaba 2,4Ghz FASST

Watch this space for more pictures to come as the model progresses, click on the small picture to enlarge it or to play the movie, use back-button to return.

F16 with full-size




Small brother, big brother!


F16 Visit Leeuwarden F16 Visit Leeuwarden F16 Cockpit F16 Cockpit F16 Making wheel well F16 Wheel well F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 2nd place static WorldMasters USA F16 at Worldmasters USA



Here two video's showing most functional items on the model, including working flight display screens, lighting and ATC box!
F16 Functionals F16 Functionals



Measuring the full-size orange bird at Leeuwarden Airforcebase for true scale and colorsceme dimensions, many thanks to team crewmembers for great help and assistance! The paint on the model is exactly the same as used on the full-size. Note, all flying pictures here are taken from the model! (No pilot yet....)



F16 scale comparison F16 Measuring true scale dimensions F16 Measuring true scale dimensions F16 Discussing Full-size mathers..... F16 Measuring text decals F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16

Here some nice movies:

F16 Maiden flight F16 Landinggear retraction test F16 speedbrakes F16 Optical afterburner


Paintjob, original paint as per full-size spec. was used for this job, mixed at the same location!

F16 scale comparison F16 Measuring true scale dimensions F16 Measuring true scale dimensions F16 Discussing Full-size mathers..... F16 Measuring text decals F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16 F16

Original plug from Marijn Penninx:

F16 Original plug made by Marijn Penninx F16 Me making the actual fuselage with glassfiber F16 Releasing the moulds F16 Me milling/machining landinggear parts

F16 Main gear F16 Main gear F16 Main wheel built-up F16 Main strut taking shape

F16 Machining nosegear scissors F16 Machining nosegear dragbrace F16 NLG Dragbrace ready F16 Nose landinggear

F16 Nose landinggear ready F16 Nose landinggear ready F16 Homemade jetengine parts, see turbine page F16 Homemade jetengine internal core, see turbine page


F16 Realeasing the moulds, birth of my new baby! F16 Main gear dragbrace parts F16 Machining main dragbrace F16 Main landinggear finnaly ready


F16 Main gear test fit F16 First outside, just fits in my garden! F16 First outside, just fits in my garden! F16 First outside, just fits in my garden!


F16 making kevlar fuel tanks F16 Kevlar fuel tanks, 6 liter total F16 Speedbrake parts F16 Speedbrake extended


F16 Speedbrake little flaps F16 Kevlar fuel tanks installed with carbon rod F16 Cockpit taking shape F16 Canopy parts


F16 Wheel door actuator drawing F16 Main wheel door F16 Door actuator cilinder taking shape F16 Main door actuator test fit

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It's size that mathers....

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