"Wish List" survey of 1999 determined that C/KC-97 Strats were the
most wanted kit in 1/72 scale. Academy have now addressed that need with their
new family of C/HC/KC-97 Strats. Liveries Unlimited's 1/72 scale sheet number
AGM7-002 adds enormous potential for colourful schemes to these big new kits.
The decal set comprises two 8" x 11" decal sheets, one small
sheet with silver marking outlines, a double-sided, full colour placement
diagram sheet and a detailed instruction sheet.
Twelve subjects are covered on the main diagrams, but Liveries
Unlimited also supply the markings for all remaining ANG that flew the
Strat on the instruction sheet. These may be photocopied onto clear decal
film. Together with the spare serial numbers on the decal sheet, it should
be possible to model a large range of Strats. Selection of subjects has
clearly been based on variety and colour.
The printing is noteworthy. It is true to say that the colour is well
saturated, the detail is crisp and registration is perfect but this still
doesn't convey how good these decals look. They are printed by Cartograph
in Italy and carrier film has been kept to an absolute minimum. In fact,
there is virtually no excess carrier film on cheat lines, national
markings and other special markings. This is especially important
considering the natural metal finish of most of the subjects. The colours
look more like paint than ink. These sheets reek of quality.
The instructions are also excellent. The colour sheet is well supported
by detailed notes on each aircraft. General notes on corrections required
to the Academy kits are also included.
This beautiful decal sheet should prove a source of inspiration for all