1/32 & 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
||Afterburner Decals 32001 and
48001 - F-16C OIF Black Widows
F-16C "Scab Plates"
||1/32 and 1/48 (sold
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals (one
full-sized and two smaller) plus
instructions and notes
||Decals - USD$12.00
online from TwoBobs Decals
separately) - USD$6.00 online from TwoBobs Decals
comprehensive and complete markings supplied; perfect registration; thin carrier film;
separately available scab plates will be useful for all brands
of F-16 kits
by Rodger Kelly
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Afterburner Decals is a newcomer to the crowded world
of aftermarket decals. Sheets 32-001 and 48-001 are their inaugural
releases and it provides markings for four F-16CGs of the 388th Fighter
Wing's 421st Fighter Squadron (the Black Widows) that took part in
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
The 421st Fighter Squadron twice deployed to the Middle East for OIF.
Their first was in June 2003 to Al Udied, Qatar, with the second to
Balad Air Base, Iraq in October/November of 2004. Afterburner Decals
acknowledge both of these deployments and have supplied decals for
aircraft involved in both deployments.
The individual machines are:
The supplied markings are very comprehensive and
complete. There is a fair bit of stencil data and even the squadron's
spider insignia for the boarding ladder are included as well which is a
good thing as it will be very visible in 1/32 scale. Enough markings are
supplied to complete a single machine on the 1/32 scale sheet and two on
the 1/48 scale sheet.
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The decals themselves are printed by Microscale. As
expected from Microscale, the printing is first rate. The decals are
very thin, in perfect register and there is an absolute minimum of
carrier film surrounding each design.
Two A-4 sized placement sheets are included in the package. The first
shows side profiles of each machine as well as painting instructions for
the minor details like the wingtip missile rails.
other sheet guides you with stencil data placement as well as supplying
notes on what the aircraft carried during each deployment (two "loadout
maps" also feature).
The sheet also advises work required to modify
the Tamiya kit so as it accurately represents a 421st Fighter
Squadron aircraft and of what aftermarket accessories are appropriate.
The machines depicted by the decals also carry strengthening plates on
their spines. Quaintly termed "scab plates", a 1/32
scale die-cut set of these plates is available separately for any F-16
The placement guides, decal sheet and "scab plate"
fret come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
This is a quality debut from Afterburner decals, providing up to date
markings for four machines as well as notes on their and the Squadron's
deployment during OIF.
It is patently obvious that the guys who make up Afterburner Decals are
modellers as they answered the questions to all of the "small stuff"
that normally take you hours of research to realise.
Afterburner Decals for the review sets
On-line sales are
available from TwoBobs Decals web site.
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