S u m m a r y
in 1/72 and 1/48 (1/48 under review)
Contents and Media:
decal sheet with an additional set of Iranian roundels on a
small supplementary sheet and an A3 size, b&w colour scheme
and decal placement guide.
Beautifully printed, thin decals covering some rare,
interesting and unusual subjects (including one airframe in
three different guises).
Reviewed by Darren Mottram
Hi-Decal markings are available online from
This sheet from Hi-Decal provides markings for five
RF-4C/Es in seven schemes (one airframe is provided in three different
colour schemes) in service with the US Air National Guard, Spanish
Ejertico del Air (Spanish Air Force) and the Imperial / Islamic Iranian
The aircraft covered are:
RF-4E 2-6511 of the
IRIAF in the new, two tone blue scheme, similar to that seen on some
RF-4E 2-6504 of the
IRIAF in the Asia Minor scheme with black undersides.
RF-4E 2-6507 of the IIAF
in the standard Asia Minor scheme.
RF-4C 65-0835 of the Kentucky Air
National Guard in the "Euro One"
Same as above but with the Spanish
Air Force, still in "Euro One".
Same as above but this time in the
standard Spanish Air Force light grey colour scheme.
RF-4C 65-0823 of the Spanish Air
Force in a special retirement scheme with a half black and half gold
spine and tail and other special markings over the light grey
The paint schemes, decal placements and a very brief history for each
aircraft are provided, in black and white, on a large, double sided A3
sheet. Acknowledgments, recommended kits and accessories and suggested
references are also listed as well as a colour table with recommended
equivalent colours (or mixes where required) for the Humbrol and Model
Master ranges of paints. Information is also provided for the style of
stenciling used on each of the schemes but, unfortunately, these will
have to be purchased separately (Hi-Decal have these in their range as
Another useful item included on the instruction sheet is
a 1/72 scale drawing of the external refueling probe fitted to the
Spanish machines (with the instruction to enlarge by 150% for 1/48
The decals themselves look very thin, crisp and appear to be in perfect
register on my sheet.
The only real down side for me is the need to have to buy extra sheets
for the stenciling on these schemes. Particularly the Spanish jets which
use black markings. Also, it appears that there is, as yet, no
photographic reference available to confirm the interpretation of the
two-tone blue Iranian scheme provided on this sheet (which is hardly
that surprising) so, for those interested in this scheme (like me for
example), we'll just have to take Hi-Decal's word for it. ;-)
Hi-Decal have produced a high quality sheet sheet which gives modellers
some welcome, added variety to do some of the less-covered but perhaps
more interesting schemes on their new (in 1/48) Haegawa RF-4 kits.
Thanks to Hi-Decal for the review sample
Hi-Decal decals are
available direct from the manufacturer,
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