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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Furball Aero-Design #48-063
Low Viz Devil Dog Rhinos -- 1:48
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In the late 1970s, numerous F-4Js were upgraded as the F-4S Phantom II, and it was the final and most advanced F-4 variant operated by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.  As the final phase of the Phantom’s career approached, the high-visibility and very colorful paint schemes of the 1970s and early 1980s gave way to the service-wide adoptions of the low-visibility TPS – the tactical paint scheme – informally known as the “yuck” and “double yuck” schemes that permitted very little if any colors other than shades of gray.  Nevertheless, some very memorable aircraft markings came out of this era, and in this sheet by Furball Aero-Design, you get some great low-viz markings options for the 1:48 scale F-4J and F-4S.

In this release, Furball Aero-Design provides decals for 11 Marine Corps F-4S airframes and one F-4J from the early to late 1980s.  The set is optimized for the 1:48 scale Zoukei-mura F-4J and F-4S kit (and see our review of the most recent of these, the F-4S, HERE: http://detailandscale.com/scale_model_review_zoukei-mura_super_wings_series_no._4_f-4S_phantom_ii_1.48_scale.html).  This set contains one primary decal sheets and two smaller inserts to cover the following Phantoms:

The choices in schemes are really great, even if these are among the most subdued colors ever flown on Navy aircraft in the 20th century.  There’s one CAG jet, three CO jets, and the remainder are line jets.  Unsurprisingly, the VMFA-312 Checkerboards scheme is the most colorful, but many of the others represent a cross-section of classic TPS USMC F-4 squadron markings – from the Silver Eagles to the Death Angels, Crusaders, and the Fighting Shamrocks, and others.  The VMFA-232 scheme also includes markings for a false canopy under the nose, and the VMFA-122 Crusader F-4 is a Vietnam-era MiG-killer, with the kill marking prominently displayed on the left intake’s splitter plate.  Maintenance and warning stencils, walkways, low voltage formation lights, and national insignia for two low-viz Phantoms are included.

The quality of the decal design is superlative, and the printing by Cartograf is technically impeccable.  Colors are vibrant, in perfect register, and carrier film is very thin, relatively shiny, and exceptionally restrained.  Furball does their typical job of providing excellent markings guides but this set doesn’t provide much in the way of airframe-by-airframe historical notes or other technical specs.  

Many thanks to Furball Aero-Design for the review sample.  You can find them on the web at http://www.furballaero-design.com/default.asp and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FurballAeroDesign

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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