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F-16A/B "Netz"

 

   Isradecals, 1/72 & 1/48 scales

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Isradecals IAF 46, IAF 47, F-16A/B "Netz"
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

 

IsraDecals has released an updated version of one of their older, popular decal sheet on the F-16A/B "Netz" in 1/48th scale (IAF-15). The sheet (like the F-15I "Ra'am" Eagle 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-16A/B "Netz" decals sheet with updated markings for more recent aircraft.

Along with this new 1/48th scale release (IAF-47), there is also a 1/72nd scale release (IAF-46). Now the tiny scale modelers can get in on the act with building an F-16A/B "Netz".

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
 

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.
     
  • Both sheets provide enough markings to make any F-16A/B "Netz" in the Israeli AF.
     
  • 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. 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.
     

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 most the F-16 model kits cost in the first place. Don't let the price scare you off, though. If you love the F-16A/B "Netz", these are really great decals that will not disappoint you.

 

Conclusion

 

These are great and colorful decals of an aircraft that is unique to Israel for the camouflage that it wears. I have a Hasegawa F-16 kit targeted to be an F-16A "Netz" -- right after I finish the "Ra'am" Eagle ... ;o)

Highly Recommended

Review sample kindly provided by Isradecal. 


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

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