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Mirage 2000 Decals

 

 

Syh@rt, available in 1/48 & 1/72

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Catalogue Number: 48-011; 72-011
Scale: available in 1/72 and 1/48
Contents and Media: ALPS printed decals, templates and full-color instructions
Price: 24 Euros for 1/48 scale; 18 Euros for 1/72 scale; available online from Syh@rt Decals
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Spectacular scheme; well printed; good instructions; includes painting templates for large areas of colour
Disadvantages: Experience required!
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by David W. Aungst


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Introduction

 

Every year brings a new crop of Tiger Meet paint schemes. For my taste, these usually fall into two groupings -- too gaudy or too tame. Every once in a while, though, a scheme comes along that really grabs my fancy. The French Mirage 2000-5F from the 2004 Tiger Meet is one such paint scheme. Not since 1991 and the Belgian tiger F-16 have I liked a Tiger Meet scheme this much.

Getting decals to model these schemes can be a tricky thing. Some occasionally show up in model kits as kit decals. Others do eventually show up in the after-market world. But by no means do they all show up. I just figured that this one would slip away without another notice.

On placing an inquiry about this scheme on the HyperScale forum, someone send me to the web page for Syh@rt Decals. Note that the links on the English page do not seem to work, but you can blunder around the French language pages and find what you are looking for.

Among various offerings, mostly French topics, I found the decals listed for the 2004 Tiger Meet Mirage 2000. Now, how much did I want to go out on a limb for a "no name" company doing ALPS-style decals? I decided to give it a try.

 

 

FirstLook

 

Well, I was not disappointed!

The decals are printed by ALPS, but the printing is outstanding quality, as is the art work that produced them. I have labored long to get nice reds and yellows on my ALPS to no real success. Whoever Syh@rt Decals is, he knows how to make really great ALPS decals.

As good as the decals, the instructions are in full color and extremely well done. They are clear and concise, showing exactly where each of the decals is applied. Judge for yourself...

 

Decal Instructions - Sheet 1
Decal Instructions - Sheet 1
Decal Instructions - Sheet 2
Decal Instructions - Sheet 2
 

Now, these decals are not for the faint hearted.

It is expected that the modeler will paint the major yellow and orange sections of the rear fuselage. To aide in this task, full 1/48th scale templates are included in the set (see the image to the right).

As indicated on the template sheet, these are scaled to fit the Italeri Mirage 2000 kit, but I feel that with only minor modification, anyone capable of handling these decals in the first place should be able to adjust the templates to fit any kit.

Decal Instructions - Sheet 3
Decal Instructions - Sheet 3
 

 

Conclusion

 

There you have it. These Syh@rt Decals are extremely nice. They are a bit expensive, but well worth the money for providing a set of markings you can not get anywhere else. My only negative about the decals was the length of time it took to get them delivered to me. Syh@rt was having trouble acquiring ALPS supplies. But, they kept me updated all along the way and after about three months, I got this big envelope from France in my mail box. The contents made all my patience well worth the investment.

Highly Recommended.

Decal samples provided by my wallet.


Review Copyright 2006 by David W. Aungst
This Page Created on 09 June, 2006
Last updated 08 June, 2006

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