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Nordic Tiger Special

Norwegian F-16AM

Zotz, 1/32 scale


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

ZTZSP32/48/72-019 Nordic Tiger Special - Norwegian F-16AM

Scale: 1/32, 1/48, 172
Contents and Media: See text below
Price: 1/32 $17.00 1/48 $13.00 1/72 $10.00
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Very colorful and interesting sheet
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.

Reviewed by Mike Reeves

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The latest sheet in the ever popular Zotz decal line is the Nordic Tiger Special scheme painted on a Norwegian F-16AM of 338 Skv with a special Tiger scheme on the tail as seen at the 2004 air show at Payerne Switzerland. Eli at Zotz sure has an eye for color and always comes up with some very cool markings for us.

The decals themselves are very nicely printed and have excellent color density. The addition of the white background on the tail is a very welcome addition to help ensure that the Tiger is not translucent..

There are a couple of items worth mentioning about this jet though. First off, all Nowegian Vipers have the extended parachute housing at the base of the tail. If you are doing a 1/32 kit you have to order the PWMP set. Also, if you are doing 1/32 you have to use the Hasegawa kit or wit on the forthcoming Academy kit. In 1/48 and in 1/72 there are kits available with the extended tail. I only point this out because the instructions have the standard F-16 Block 25 tail. I have also been informed by a Norwegian F-16 expert by the name of Nils Mathisrud that the roundels are also wrong. He commented that the shape of the roundels is not right. He says that the roundels are 280mm in 1/1 scale. It has also been pointed out to me that this aircraft sports mission markings on it which are not included on the sheet.

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The aircraft was built at the Fokker plant in the Netherlands and is painted in FS36270 overall. The pylons, missile rails and fuel tanks should all be painted FS36375 as that is how they were delivered from the U.S.

With all of that being said these are still wonderful decals. The tail art alone is well worth the price you pay for the sheet(s). Please note that all three different scales contain the same stuff so I am doing this review as a blanket review for all three scales.

I would certainly like to see some pics of the real jet so if anyone has one or two I would be most grateful to get them.


Thanks to Bob Sanchez at TwoBobs for the review sample

Zotz decals may be ordered direct from Two Bobs at http://www.TwoBobs.net

Images and Text Copyright 2005 by Mike Reeves
This Page Created on 22 April, 2005
Last updated 22 April, 2005

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