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Red Flag Tigers
64th/65th Aggressors F-5E Tiger II

Afterburner Decals, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Afterburner Decals Item No. AD 48-062
Red Flag Tigers
64th/65th Aggressors F-5E Tiger II

Scale:

1/48

Contents and Media:

Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes

Price:

US$20.00 Available from Afterburner Decals

Review Type:

FirstLook

Advantages:

Comprehensive and printed to a high standard by Cartograf of Italy. Detailed instructions.

Disadvantages:

None noted.

Conclusion:

A natural accompaniment to the new AFV Club F-5E kit.


Reviewed by Ken Bowes


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FirstLook

 

While the F-5Es of the 64th and 65th Aggressors have long since disappeared from the skies over the Nellis Ranges, ending up on concrete plinths, boneyards and in museums while being eventually replaced by F-16s and F-15s in a regeneration of the USAF Aggressor program, the unusual camouflage schemes applied to the Red Flag jets still attract the attention of modelers looking for something away from the drab grays of modern fighters. With the release of a state of the art 1/48 scale F-5E by AFV Club it is hardly surprising that an enterprising decal manufacturer like Afterburner would turn their attention to producing a sheet covering Aggressor Tigers.

 

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This release is in the now common large format sheet produced by Cartograf of Italy and is printed to the highest quality as has been established as the norm by the Afterburner/Cartograf collaboration. The question of subjects on this sheet is really a question of what is not provided.  Whilst covering 23 complete jets, Afterburner provides enough spare numbers to model any of the Red Flag jets, as long as the modeler has access to extra serial numbers which are usually readily available from a number of manufacturers. Given the large number of subjects provided it is probably too much to list them all, so instead here are the camouflage scheme variations covered by their nicknames:

  • VNAF or standard SEA scheme

  • Frog

  • Sand

  • Grape

  • New Blue

  • Old Blue

  • Flogger

  • Pumpkin

  • Snake

  • Old Ghost

  • New Lizard

  • Silver

  • New Ghost

  • Old Lizard

So all in all 14 different camouflage schemes as applied to the F-5s from 1979 to 1987, each one illustrated in four view drawings with applicable Federal Standard colour references or mixes as appropriate. That said finding some of the less common colours may be difficult in most mainstream paint ranges.

 

 

Detailed instructions are covered in 13 A4 pages and include a page of stencil placement diagrams. Overall this is another quality set of decals from Afterburner decals which covers some of the more interesting aspects of USAF operations at Nellis at the height of the Cold War. The AFV Club F-5E comes ready straight from the box to model a Red Flag aircraft including an ACMI pod and is just crying out for these decals to produce a unique model.

Thanks to Afterburner Decals for the sample


Review Copyright 2010 by Ken Bowes
This Page Created on 15 July, 2010
Last updated 15 July, 2010

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