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DECAL REVIEW


Warbird Decals # 72-041
F-15 Eagle Oregon ANG, 173rd FW -- 1:72 Scale

 

The F-15 Eagle has carried a wide range colors over the years.  Aside from prototype and test jets, most F-15s have flown in the tactical range of the color spectrum from the early air superiority blue, compass ghost grey, and Mod Eagle schemes.  In 2016, perhaps the most colorful F-15 scheme ever seen on an operational Eagle appeared on an Oregon Air National Guard-based jet at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls.  The scheme commemorated the 173rd Fighter Wing’s 75th anniversary.   

The scheme was designed and painted by a team from the 173rd MX led by MSgt.  Paul Allen, and the full story behind the concept and painting project can be read HERE.

The F-15C chosen for the anniversary was 79-0041.  Coincidentally, 1941 was the year the Oregon Air National Guard was formed.  A large eagle head was prominently painted on both sides of the nose, intricate Oregon ANG tail flashes added to the inboard and outboard sides of the vertical stabilizers, and large stylized feather designs were added to the upper and lower surfaces of the wings and horizontal stabilizers.

This unique scheme is covered by Warbird Decals in both 1:48 and 1:72 scale, and here, we’ll look at the latter of the two.  The decals are sized for the Hasegawa F-15C.  They were printed by Scale-Master, and printing quality is overall excellent.  Colors look great and are very crisp.  Carrier film is thin and very tightly restrained.  The only possibly critique that can be considered is that anywhere where colors transitioned and blended into another color (e.g., outboard tail art, horizontal stabilizer) is finely pixelated, rather than blended.  The eye needs to get about four inches or so from the decal surface to really to see the pixels.

Overall, this sheet is a winner and does a great job representing this eye-catching Oregon ANG anniversary scheme.  Thanks are owed to Warbird Decals for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.warbirddecals-com.myshopify.com.  You can reach them by email at warbirddecals@aol.com and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Warbird-Decals

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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