- F-16 Numbered Air Forces Part 1
Contents and Media:
Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
available online from Afterburner Decals
Comprehensive sheet covering three F-16CG/CJ; designed for new Tamiya
support material; stencil markings a'plenty.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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sheet provides markings for three F-16s flown by the commanders of “numbered Air
Forces” i.e., those of the 5th, 9th and 12th
All of the
aircraft on the sheet are all in the standard F-16 Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS)
of overall Federal Standard (FS) 36270, with FS36118 upper surfaces.
individual machines are:
(Block 50 CCIP) 92-3895 of the 5th Air Force, assigned to its
Commander, Lieutenant General Bruce “Orville” Wright based at Yakota Air
Base in Japan. Particularly drab for a command jet, its only concession to
colour is the red and yellow stripes to the top of the fin (which you will
have to paint yourself whilst the other two options have decals provided for
the fin markings).
(Block 50 CCIP) 94-0049 of the 9th Air Force, assigned to
Lieutenant General Gary North based at Shaw Air Force Base in South
Carolina, U.S.A. Whilst drab courtesy of its TPS finish, this option
sports a fair amount of colour courtesy of the squadron colours within the
fin band and the full colour squadron and command badges on either sides of
the intake and fin. The fin band marking is a work of art too. They are
three- piece decals with an option of replacing one of the tiny squadron
markings with an Archer Fine Transfers printed one. Care and patience will
be required here!
(Block 40) 88-0436, of the 12th Air force, assigned to Lieutenant
General Norm Seip based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, U.S.A. Another
reasonably colourful (by F-16 standards at least!) its colour is confined to
the fin band and individual squadron and command insignia. This jet also
has Archer Fine Transfers decals printed for it. These are the Air Combat
Command shields for the fin and the individual squadron badges for the sides
of the intake.
themselves really are superb. The printing is first rate and the decals are
very thin, in perfect register and there is an absolute minimum of carrier film
surrounding each design. The Archer Fine Transfers ones may look a little
pixallated in the accompanying images as I had to enlarge them for the review
but are perfectly normal on the sheet. There are three sheets provided, one
normal sized one and three smaller ones produced by Archer Fine Transfers.
thumbnails below to view images full-sized:
material Afterburner Decals supply really is first rate and this sheet is no
exception. You get three 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 5th and 9th
Air Force options.
sheet shows large left and right hand side profiles for the 12th Air
Force option on the front as well as detailed instructions and illustrations to
assist with the placement of the fin band decals for the 9th Air
Force option as well as a close-up drawing to assist with the painting of the 5th
Air Force tail band including FS matches (an Testors Model Masters paint
matches) to the red and yellow paint. The rear of the sheet contains
information as to what a numbered Air Force consist of, individual notes for
each of the 5th, 9th and 12th Air Forces and
their constituent units, 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.
sheet is a single-sided affair and contains large plan and profile views to
assist with the placement of stencil data.
and support sheets come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
mistake; this is a very nice and complete package from Afterburner Decals. It
provides beautifully printed decals with complete comprehensive and well
researched supporting information.
Afterburner Decals for the review sample.
Footnote & Reference Images
A note on
weathering of 5th Air Force F-16s. There were several of the 5th’s
jets at Avalon 07 and I was fortunate enough to get a close look at all of them.
remarkable was how pristine they looked. I have included a couple of pics with
this review to illustrate this point.
thumbnails below to view images full-sized:
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 01 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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