- F-16 Numbered Air Forces Part 1
Contents and Media:
Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
available online from Afterburner Decals
Comprehensive sheet covering five F-16CG/CJ; designed for new Tamiya
support material; stencil markings a'plenty.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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AD 48-014 is
another new F-16 sheet from the guys at Afterburner Decals. This time they
concentrate on the Pacific Air Force and provide markings for jets flown by the
commanders of the 8th, 35th and the 345th
sheet provides markings for five options in all in the standard Tactical Paint
Scheme of overall Federal Standard 36270, with Federal Standard 36118 upper
surfaces worn by the F-16.
individual options are:
(Block 40) 90-0703 of the 8th Fighter Wing, flown by Colonel
Jeffrey Lofgren from Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. 0703 wears
a blue and yellow fin flash as well as a white shadowed WP unit designator.
The only other colour is provided by the blue with yellow shadowing of the
ground crew and pilots names on the canopy rails. Comprehensive lo-viz
squadron, wing shields and emblems are also provided for this and all of the
other options on the sheet. The provided markings allow you to finish the
machine in two different time periods – 2006 and 2007 – by applying
different ground crew names.
(Block 50 CCIP) 91-0357 of the 35th Fighter Wing, assigned to
Colonel Terrance O’Shaughnessy, at Misawa Air Base in Japan. This option
sports a red and yellow fin flash, its only colour as all of its other
markings are in lo-viz grey bar the white shadowing to its unit designator
code on the vertical stabiliser. Its markings depict it as it appeared in
2007 when Colonel O’Shaughnessy was the wing’s commander.
(Block 50) 92-3901. Another 35th Fighter Wing machine, this time
the provided markings depict it from 2006 when the wing was commanded by
Brigadier General Sam Angelella. In the same markings as the previous 35th
Fighter Wing option but with an additional and full colour design featuring
a flying eagle superimposed over a U.S. flag on the intake. This decal is a
two-part one with a white background over which the coloured one is
applied. The coloured one is provided by Archer Fine Transfers.
(Block 40) 90-0745, of the 354th Fighter Wing out of Eielson Air
Force Base, Alaska. The markings depict the machine from 2007 when it was
flown by Brigadier General Dave Scott. Colour is again confined to a
tri-colour fin flash with title Iceman 1 in white across it (totally
appropriate seeing as the unit is based in Alaska!) and white shadowing to
the unit designator and, unusually, to the “last three” of the aircraft’s
serial that is applied to the nose. A note on the fin flashes here. Oddly,
only this one is provided on the sheet. You will have to paint the ones for
the other options yourself.
(Block 40) 90-0745. The same machine as the previous option but this time
the markings depict it from 2006. The main difference is that the fin flash
was then in blue and black
As with all
of the Afterburner Decals that I have seen, the printing is first rate and the
decals are very thin, in perfect register and have an absolute minimum of
carrier film surrounding each design. The Archer Fine Transfers decal for the
35th Fighter Wing option may look a little pixallated in the
accompanying image as I had to enlarge it for the review but it is perfectly
normal on the sheet. There are three sheets provided in all, one normal sized
one and two smaller ones.
thumbnails below to view images full-sized:
material accompanying the decals is excellent. There are four A-4 sized sheets
printed on glossy paper. The first forms the “cover” for the sheet and shows
three small right hand side profiles for each option on the “front” and a
generic plan view and left hand side profile on the “rear” with colour keys
matched to FS shades. The rear of the sheet shows large left and right side
profiles for the 35th Fighter Wing options.
sheet shows large left and right hand side profiles for the 8th Fighter Wing
option on the front as well as detailed instructions and illustrations to assist
with the painting of the fin flashes including FS matches (Testors Model Masters
paint matches) to the red, yellow and blue paint. The rear of the sheet
contains shows left and right hand side profiles for the 354th
Fighter Wing options.
side of the final sheet contains large plan and profile views to assist with the
placement of stencil data, whilst the rear carries information on the Pacific
Air Forces, each of the three wings, notes on F-16 block numbers with
explanations on what SEAD, HARM and CCIP mean and finally, modelling notes for
1/48 scale F-16s including the new Tamiya kits.
recommended kit is the brand new Tamiya one.
and support sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
effort by Afterburner Decals as far as I am concerned. It provides
comprehensive well researched supporting information that gives you background
data on what you are modelling with superbly printed decals
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 13 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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