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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Furball Aero-Design #48-064
Low Viz US Navy Rhinos -- 1:48
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In the late 1970s, numerous F-4Js were upgraded as the F-4S Phantom II.  The Sierra-model was the final and most advanced F-4 variant operated by the U.S. Navy and U.S. 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 adoption of the low-visibility TPS – the tactical paint scheme – informally known as the “yuck” and “double yuck.”  Marine Corps F-4S operators had the darkest of the dark gray schemes, but the Navy pushed some of the boundaries of how much color you could get on a TPS painted jet, especially with a squadron’s CAG and CO jets.  In this sheet by Furball Aero-Design, you get some great lower-viz markings options from this era for the 1:48 scale U.S. Navy F-4J and F-4S.

In this release, Furball Aero-Design provides decals for 11 Navy F-4S airframes and two F-4Js 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.  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 are, in fact, some really interesting options here, from the red lightning bolt-bedecked VF-161 CAG jet to the camouflaged replacement rudder of BuNo 155757 that came off of a USAF Phantom.  In addition to the rather awesome Ferris splinter scheme provided here for a VF-194 jet, two other disruptive schemes also are provided for the VF-301 and VF-302 jets, one of which, (BuNo 155749) had a storied but ultimately tragic history.  Maintenance and warning stencils, walkways, low voltage formation lights, and national insignia for two low-viz Phantoms are also provided.

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, though notes are provided for a few of the Phantoms here.   

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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