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F-15I Ra'am Eagle

 

   Isradecals, 1/72 & 1/48 scales

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Isradecals IAF 45, IAF 49, F-15I Ra'am Eagle
Scale: available in 1/72 and 1/48 scales
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals
Price:  
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent quality, multiple options; interesting subjects; attractive half-tone artwork
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by David W. Aungst


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F i r s t   L o o k

 

Some years back, IsraDecals issued a popular decal sheet on the F-15I "Ra'am" Eagle in 1/48th scale (IAF-18). The sheet sold out pretty quickly and has been difficult to locate without paying some premium prices on places like E-Bay. To help the modelers out, IsraDecals has released a new F-15I "Ra'am" Eagle decals sheet with updated markings for more recent aircraft.

To further entice modelers to get this new sheet (as if more reason was needed), the layout of the decal printing has changed to group the data decals into larger, easy to place decals that will eliminate many hours of tiny decal placement on the model. This decal style for the data markings was first introduced on the F-4 Phantom data decals last year. Check out the F-4 Phantom data decal review to get a better understanding of how the data decal grouping works.

Along with this new 1/48th scale release (IAF-49), there is also a 1/72nd scale release (IAF-45). Now the tiny scale modelers can get in on the act with building an F-15I "Ra'am" Eagle. And, all the markings, including the smallest data markings, are present on the 1/72nd scale sheet so those 1/72nd scale models will be every bit as detailed as the bigger 1/48th scale models. The grouped data decals will make it no more difficult in 1/72nd than it is in 1/48th to apply all those data markings.


The Decals

The following images lay out the contents of the two decal packages. Click on the images to see enlarged versions of them.

 

1/72 Decal Booklet Cover
Click to Enlarge  1/72 Decal Booklet Back
Click to Enlarge  1/72 Decals
Click to Enlarge  1/72 Decals
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1/72nd Scale Decals
  1/48 Decal Booklet Cover
Click to Enlarge  1/48 Decal Booklet Back
Click to Enlarge  1/48 Decals
Click to Enlarge  1/48 Decals
Click to Enlarge  1/48 Decals
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1/48th Scale Decals
 

 

 
  1/72 Decal Art Work Sample
F-15I_IsraDecals-IAF-45e.jpg
Magnified 1/72 Decals
 
The following are further description on the decal sets.  

  • The decals are printed by Cartograf. The registration of the sample decals I received is perfect.
     
  • The image to the right is a magnified portion of the 1/72nd scale sheet. As you can see, even in the smallest scale, the data writing is still readable.
     
  • Both sheets provide enough markings to make any F-15I "Ra'am" Eagle in the Israeli AF. As written in the instructions, the large eagle head markings were unpopular with the base commander, so only a handful of aircraft got this distinctive marking.
     
  • The Instructions booklet is well printed in heavy paper stock. Besides having clear instructions for where to place the decals on the model, there are a number of nice color photographs of the aircraft from all the units that the decals provide.
     
  • The tiny addendum decal sheet is not a silk-printed decal. It appears to be some type of ALPS style printing. It provides the 50 Anniversary of the Israeli AF marking, but I could find nowhere in the instructions where it told me where to place this decal. The back cover of the instructions mentions that this decal sheet is on one big carrier film and must be cut manually to separate the markings and eliminate excess film from the decals.
     
  • As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, most of the markings are grouped onto large clear decal films to simplify their application. This makes it so that instead of 500 tiny decals, modelers only have to apply 100 larger decals. The down side to this approach is a higher potential for large areas of decal silvering under all that clear film. There is nothing to prevent modelers from cutting up the larger decals into smaller ones with less chance of silvering (the approach I will likely take).

The biggest down-side to these decals is their price. The IsraDecals web site lists the 1/48th scale set at $26.00 -- the 1/72nd scale set is $22.00. This is more money than the F-15 model kits cost in the first place. Don't let the price scare you off, though. If you love the "Ra'am" Eagle, these are really great decals that will not disappoint you.

 

 

Conclusion

 

These are great decals of an aircraft that is unique to only Israel. Now where did I put that Revell Strike Eagle kit? I need to build something so I can start applying all these decals.

One last note, the back cover of the instructions in both sets announces an upcoming IsraDecals book on the F-15I "Ra'am" Eagle. That is one book I will be certain not to miss!

 

Highly Recommended

Review sample kindly provided by Isradecal. 


Text Copyright 2006 by David W. Aungst
This Page Created on 02 February, 2006
Last updated 07 February, 2006

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