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Libyan Spring Revolution, 2011

Combat Decals, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y :  

Catalogue Number:

CD72-003 Libyan Spring Revolution, 2011

Scale:

1/72

Contents & Media

Waterslide decals and detailed instructions for eight subjects.

Price:

Available online from these stockists:

Review Type:

First Look.

Advantages:

Thoroughly researched, excellent colours & markings guides, superb quality decals. There are sufficient common markings for all eight options to be completed in full.

Disadvantages:

None apparent.

Conclusions:

This package ticks all the right boxes for research, modelling guidance, and product quality. It is an ideal package for a group-purchase.

 

Definitely recommended. 


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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F i r s t L o o k

 

The decals come packed in the near universal A-5 sized zip-lock plastic bag containing instructions, one small and two A5-sized sheets of decals. The instructions are produced to very high standards, with each subject covered by a glossy A-4 page in colour. Individual detailed notes for each subject are given on the back page in small print. Each guide provides four-view colour plans of the subject aircraft. There are separate drawings within the guides detailing markings for such items as drop-tanks, missiles, stores-pylons etc. In fact, they provide a number of details specific to each subject that aid authenticity, and it is apparent that a detailed effort has been made in researching this package.

The painting and decaling guides look easy to follow despite being a rather busy with information and multiple decal locations. This is due to each subject being fully covered in terms of national insignia, unit markings and stencilling. Instrument panel decals are also included in all cases. Colour call-outs are cross-referenced to BSC381C, FS.595 as well as the Humbrol, Xtracolour. Xtracrylix and Lifecolour paint ranges.

 

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Printed by Cartagraf, these sheets are some of the best quality decals that I can recall reviewing. They are perfectly registered with good colour density; they have only minute amounts of surplus clear carrier film, and a gloss finish. The subjects covered by the sheet represent a nice cross-section of subjects involved in this relatively recent event. The eight subjects are:

  • Mcdonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 91304 of 492nd Fighter Squadron USAF.

  • Dassault Mirage F-1ED '502' of 1212 Squadron Libyan Air Force (interned in Malta).

  • Mcdonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet 188756/756 of 425 Squadron Canadian Air Force.

  • BAe Systems/Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZJ927 of 3 Squadron Royal Air Force.

  • Dassault Rafale B B309/113-HB of SPA.15 French Air Force.

  • Dassault Mirage 2000D 671/133-XK of 2 Esc GC III/3 French Air Force.

  • Dassault Mirage 2000-5DDA QA85 of 7 Air Superiority Squadron Qatari Emiri Air Force.

  • BAe Systems Tornado GR.4 ZA542/021 of 31 Squadron Royal Air Force.

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

This decal package ticks all of the right boxes in terms of research and quality production. There is no need for kit decals or sharing of insignia across more than one option; so all eight subjects can be completed with the decals provided. This is perhaps more than most individual modellers may wish to do, but it is a great excuse for a group build or sharing the set with modelling mates.

Definitely recommended.

Model-Craft are a new stockist to me. If they are to you as well, I suggest taking the time to browse their range, as they stock some very interesting and rarely seen products.

Thanks to Model Craft for the review samples.


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Last updated 22 March, 2013

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