S u m m a r y
|Catalogue Number and
||Tataga Studio 4804 - ROCAF (Taiwanese)
|Contents and Media:
||NT220 (about $6.63USD)
||Rarely depicted subject in decal form,
thin, good registration, full compliments of markings and stencils
||Very difficult to come by outside of
Reviewed by John Chung
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This is one of the early sheets
by the Taiwanese indigenous decal company Tataga Studios. Along with Tiger
Wings, they are perhaps the two companies spearheading aftermarket items for
anything ROCAF. Tiger Wings did release a full compliment of ROCAF subjects in
decal form, including F-16A/Bs operated by the Island, but the company has gone
under the radar as of late.
The Tataga decal sheet comes in a clear zipped lock bag with 2 standard A4
instruction sheets, one for the standard F-16 stencils and another specific to
the 4th unit that encompasses the 21st, 22nd and 23rd F-16A/B fighter squadrons.
The main decal sheet is just under 9Ē x 6Ē, with a smaller insert for the
squadron tail flashes and another insert with correctly shaded national insignia
and various stencils.
The decals themselves are thin and very well registered. The details are sharp
and words are legibly fine. Not as fine as those by western industries like
Leading Edge or Twobobs, but more than sufficient to my eye. The main items such
as the national insignia, fuel tank handing markings, ejection seat triangles
are sufficient for one aircraft only, but enough stencils seem to be provided
for two. As well, enough tail numbers are provided to build just any F-16 ever
served with the fighter unit.
Having never used Tatagaís products, I cannot judge on its fidelity and how it
will behave once applied. The colourations seem to be solid enough on the main
sheet, and a white trim is even provided for the tail flash inserts to avoid
bleeding. The correction insert on the other hand, is printed on a different
backing paper and seems to be a bit susceptible to bleeding.
I came across this decal sheet by chance over the Internet, a Yahoo auction
Taiwan as a matter of fact. I was able to get a modeling friend in Taiwan to bid
for me and have it sent to Canada as I desperately wanted to build a ROCAF F-16.
Iím not aware of any North American company that sells Tataga products and
youíll be hard pressed to find the Tiger Wings sheet still kicking around.
Tataga does have a website in Chinese only (
http://www.rocahc.org/link/model/brand/tataga/productlist.htm )listing all
their product lines as of 2003. Taiwanese modeling outlets like the MPK Hobby
World ( http://www.mpk.com.tw/ ) does carry
them although their website is also is Chinese only. Having never dealt with
them Iím not sure if they correspond in English or even ship internationally.
That said if youíre interested in building a rare viper as those in the ROCAF,
your options are very limited.
Review Copyright © 2006 by John Chung
Page Created 26 October, 2006
Last updated 26 October, 2006
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