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Stenciling included. Numbers and squadron badges to make almost every
aircraft of the type flown by the IAF
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Israeli Air Force F-16C/D Barak (IAF-21)
with the release of the excellent new book on the F-16C/D Barak,
Isradecal’s new 1/48 scale decal sheet allows the modeler to accurately
depict many of the aircraft shown in the book. The decal set consists of
three sheets and an 8-page instruction booklet containing detailed
placement instructions and black-and-white photographs of a number of the
Instructions are provided for the following aircraft,
all in the IAF green/tan/brown over light grey scheme:
F-16C/D Block 30 “First Jet Squadron”
F-16C/D Block 30 “Knights of the North”
F-16C/D Block 30 “Valley Squadron”
F-16D Block 30 #055, “Valley Squadron” – squadron 50th
F-16D Block 30 “First Fighter Squadron”
F-16C/D Block 40 “First Fighter Squadron & Scorpion
Squadron”, 2003 – includes scrap view of Scorpion Squadron a/c #539 as
painted during the 50th anniversary of the IAF in 1998.
F-16C/D Block 30 & 40 “Test and Evaluation Unit”
Although the instructions show specific aircraft,
squadron badges and numbers are provided as individual decals allowing the
modeler to make other aircraft than the ones shown in the instructions.
National insignia are included on the sheet, although the large insignia
for the IAF 50th anniversary bird are not included and will
have to be sourced from sheet IAF-5. Full stenciling is also provided,
including decals for the drop tanks and Python 4/5 missiles. Also
included are decals for the flare/chaff dispensers on the underside of the
fuselage with instructions provided for the varying configurations between
F-16C’s and F–16D, and the Block 30 and Block 40 aircraft. A curious
omission on the decal sheet is that no color information is provided for
the camouflage scheme, although the pattern is shown. The colors, from
the F-16A/B Nets instructions, should be FS 30219/34424/33531 on top over
FS 36375 with the radome in FS 36270.
The decals, printed by Cartograf, are thin and in
register. The subsheet containing the IAF 50th anniversary
badge and the orange tail stripes for the Test and Evaluation Unit
(IAF-21/3) are printed on a solid sheet and the individual decals must be
cut out by the modeler.
Recommended kits are the Hasegawa F-16 kits with the
Eagle Designs updates.
Israeli Air Force F-16A/B Nets (IAF-22)
to the aforementioned sheet for the Barak, IAF-22 contains markings for
earlier F-16A/B models in IAF service. Instructions are again contained
in an 8-page booklet with pictures of individual aircraft.
Instructions are provided for the following
F-16A/B “First Jet Squadron”
F-16A/B “Knights of the North Squadron”.
F-16A/B “Phoenix Squadron” – these aircraft were ex-USAF
aircraft and server for a number of years in the standard USAF gray
color scheme before being repainted in standard IAF camouflage.
F-16A/B “Test & Evaluation Unit”
F-16A/B “The Negev Squadron”
F-16A/B “Golden Eagle Squadron”
F-16A/B “Flying Wing Squadron”, 2003
Aircraft numbers and squadron badges are again
provided as individual decals so any aircraft may be modeled from the
listed squadrons. Speciality markings include Syrian MiG kill markings,
Iraqi nuclear plant kill markings for the aircraft that participated in
the attack, and IAF 50th anniversary markings. As with the
Barak sheet, the large national insignia are not included and will have to
be obtained from sheet IAF-5. In addition, aircraft names for First Jet
Squadron birds are included. Stencils are included for the IAF camouflage
scheme, as well as for the USAF grey scheme used on the early Phoenix
The decals are printed by Cartograf and are of high
quality. Similar to the Barak sheet, one of the decal subsheets
(IAF-22/3) is printed as a solid sheet and the decals will have to be
individually cut out.
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Recommended again are the Hasegawa F-16 kits.
These decals are of excellent quality and well
researched. Modelers who are interested in these IAF aircraft should have
no reservations about picking up any of these sheet.
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