S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike ESP 48152 -
F-16 Israeli Barak Part 1
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals plus
separate stencil sheet - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Decal sheet providing
coverage of seven Baraks from six squadrons. Perfect register and
minimal carrier film.
||Due to cited security reasons, little or no
information on subjects provided.
by Ken Bowes
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale Thunderjet Fighter Bombers of the
will be available
online from Squadron.com
This latest release from the Eagle
Strike/Aeromaster stable is an interesting diversion from their usual
subjects. F-16 Israeli Barak (Thunder) provides seven IDF F-16C and D
aircraft from six squadrons. The subjects themselves are a mix of Block 30
and Block 40 build airframes. Furthermore the D models have the large
square spine often associated with IDF aircraft, but now being seen more
recently on Hellinic, Singaporean and UAE Air Force F-16s.
Air Force aircraft, with their indigenous modifications and combat record
are always interesting modelling subjects. For this sheet the Eagle Strike
team have come up with some of the most striking aircraft in current
service, all being characterised by interesting Squadron tail art
incorporated into the camouflage pattern.
For those who have previously used
Eagle Strike Decals the package should come as no surprise. Included in
the ziplock bag a full colour A4 instruction sheet providing side views of
all subjects and a generic top/bottom view to assist location of the
myriad of stencilling. The decals themselves are spread over an A5 sheet
plus a small supplementary sheet, all the unique markings being on the
larger A sheet and national markings and maintenance stencils for one
aircraft on the smaller B Sheet.
Subjects included on the sheet
F-16C 313 of 110 Sqn Knights of
F-16D 050 of 117 First Jet
F-16C 502 of 117 First Jet
F-16C 534 of 105 Scorpion
F-16C 020 of the Air Force
Flight Test Centre
F-16D 083 of 109 The Valley
F-16C 355 of 101 First Fighter
Strike attributes the research and design of this Sheet to Ra’anan Weiss,
the man behind the Isradecals Aircraft of the Israeli Air Force Book
Series, which is instant assurance that the subjects are correctly
portrayed. Isradecals themselves have done a sheet for F-16 Baraks, which
is equally good. The advantage does fall to Eagle Strike as they have
chosen specific serial/airframe combinations whilst IsraDecal provides
generic sheets of numbers allowing a greater range of subjects at the
expense of ease of application.
The one possible drawback is that
Eagle Strike has not provided any information on the histories of any of
the subjects on the sheet. This is cited as being for IDF security
reasons. As there is no information provided to help the modeller identify
the sub-type of F-16C/D or the units they come from references are
essential. The recently published IsraDecals Aircraft of the Israeli Air
Force Number 4 is probably the authoritative source. For those looking
around the Internet a good online reference to help identify the subjects
on the sheet is available at
http://www.scramble.nl/ in the
Israeli Air Force Order of Battle section.
I have used Eagle Strike decals
before they have proved to be trouble free, easy to apply and respond well
to applications of Micro Sol/Set. This sheet is printed in Italy by
Cartograph and is among the best decal printing I have seen. Helpfully the
Sand tail art is colour matched to the recommended Model Master Sand,
hopefully preventing the usual mixing required to match decals and paint.
The modeller is well served for this subject with excellent Hasegawa and
Italeri kits available of the F-16C/D. For those who wish to model the
large spine F-16D, then Cutting Edge make a useful resin conversion for
the Hasegawa kit.
Eagle Strike has once again come
up with an excellent product.
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike
Products for the review sets
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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