Productions' F-104 Decals are available online from Squadron.com for $12.96
S u m m a r y
||1/48 and 1/72
13.5cm x 21cm decal sheets; two decal sheets approx. 20cm x 5cm; one decal
sheet approx. 5cm x 8cm; two small errata decal sheets, two double sided,
letter sized, full colour instruction sheets; one single-sided stencil
factor (again); at least 22 subjects; great quality; surprising quantity;
maximum choice and flexibilty offered by almost two full decal sheets of
serial and ID numbers including individual Arabic characters; boggling
variety; perfect registration; spectacular instructions, obviously created
misleading descriptions on instruction sheets; you'll be spending lots of
money on Hasegawa Starfighters!
||Highly Recommended for
anyone wanting to build Starfighters in 1/72 or 1/48
Reviewed by Brett Green
Albatros Productions have proved that the extraordinary variety and high
quality of their initial releases was no fluke (see the review of "Ferocious
Bugs" elsewhere on HyperScale).
This new decal set, available in 1/72 and 1/48 scales, supplies a
mind-boggling variety of schemes for F-104A, F-104C and F-104G Starfighters in
service of the following Air Forces:
US Air Force
Alternate decals are provided for at least 22 aircraft using the basic decals
supplied on the sheet, but many more variations are possible thanks to the
inclusion of two sheets packed with generic serial and ID numbers. These even
include generic Arabic numbers.
There is an excellent mix of natural metal, three-tine wraparound and low-viz
grey schemes. The Taiwanese Air Force gets the lions’ share of options with some
terrific tail art and the choice of unpainted, grey or wraparound schemes using
large or small insignia.
Click the thumbnails below to view
The sheer bulk of decals is surprising. Seven decal sheets of various sizes
are squeezed into the ziplock bag. Three of these are full-sized, and the rest
are smaller supplementary sheets. The decals are printed in Mexico. They are in
perfect register, look very thin and exhibit minimal carrier film.
The glossy instructions are another highlight. They will provide a new source
of inspiration for many modellers who might have previously never thought about
building an aircraft in Jordanian, Pakistani or Taiwanese markings.
I did find some of the text on the instruction sheets slightly ambiguous. It
refers to additional markings being available on Xtra Decal sheets. I assumed
this meant the UK decal brand, but it actually refer to the additional sheets
included in this Albatros set.
Another letter-sized sheet in black-and-white s supplied as an aid to stencil
placement. Stencil markings are, of course, supplied!
This is another superb production from Albatros Decals. I really do
appreciate new products in our hobby that expand our awareness and appreciation
for new subject aircraft, nationalities and colour schemes. "Exotic Stars"
certainly has that effect on me!
Any modeller contemplating a 1/48 scale Hasegawa Starfighter, or a 1/72 scale
F-104 (Hasegawa or Revell) should consider this amazing decal sheet.
Thanks to Eli from Albatros Productions for the review sample.
Decals are available from many dealers including CRM
Hobbies , Linden
Hill Imports , Great Models
webstore , Flightdecs ,
Meteor Productions , Victory
Models , Hannant's
, North American Hobbies and Squadron
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett
This Page Created on 17 September, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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