Israeli Air Force F-15I
Collector's Item Decal Sheets
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||"Israeli Air Force F-15I Collector's
||1/48 (IAF-18) , 1/32 (IAF-19)
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets, 16-page
||Can be used to build any F-15I;
distinctive eagle's head artwork on aircraft 267
||Applying all the tiny panel number
stencilling might be tedious.
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Reviewed by Kursad Albayraktar
The latest addition to the Israeli Air Force arsenal is the F-15I, based on
the F-15E dual-role fighter of the USAF. For modelers, the F-15I is a popular
subject since the Israeli camouflage scheme is a very welcome diversion from
that of the USAF, which seems to strictly follow the "You can have your F-15E in
any color as long as it is Gunship Grey" policy (with apologies to Henry Ford).
released a new decal sheet during the 2001 IPMS UK Nationals at Telford to help
modelers build the F-15I in 1/48 and 1/32 scale. This sheet has been prepared
for use with the Cutting Edge F-15I conversion sets in both scales, and the
instructions mention this specifically. I reviewed the Cutting Edge conversion
sets elsewhere-these sets are highly recommended for your F-15I conversion
My review sample was the 1/48th scale IAF-18; but the instruction sheet seems to
be the same, and the decal sheet contents are also identical. The set is
comprised of two decal sheets, one containing extensive stencilling (more on
this later), and a smaller one with national insignia, squadron tail art and
other stencilling. The decals are printed by Cartograf in perfect register; and
they are fairly thin. My test sample reacted very well to MicroSet/MicroSol
A very good F-15I decal sheet has been available from Sky's Decals for a while.
What makes the IsraDecal sheet very different is the level of detail provided in
the stencilling sheet. IsraDecal provides the panel number stencilling for EVERY
panel on the fuselage! Applying all these tiny decals will be a very tedious
process, but the final result should be outstanding.
very important feature of the new IsraDecal sheet is the tail art for aircraft
number "267" of the Patishim ("Hammers") Squadron that visited RAF Waddington in
July 2001 for an airshow. This aircraft has a large, very distinctive eagle's
head artwork painted on the fins. I am sure many modelers have been waiting for
these decals to appear ever since photos of this aircraft were published after
the airshow. The instructions explain why the color of the artwork is different
on two sides of the aircraft, and provides alternative black & tan decals for
the artwork for the starboard side.
The instruction sheet is a 16-page booklet in itself, and provides very
detailed drawings for applying the hundreds of panel number stencilling, in
addition to camouflage scheme drawings with FS numbers, and several detail
photos. Since all the stencilling is in a grey color that can be difficult to
see on the decal sheet, IsraDecal thoughtfully provides an enlarged sheet to
help in tracking the individual decals on the sheet.
The IsraDecal sheet also has the red stripe tail artwork for aircraft number 201
of the Manat flying test unit. However, using the Patishim squadron insignia and
the numbers provided, it should be possible to build every F-15I flown in
The quality and the scope of this latest offering from IsraDecal
is truly impressive.
Highly recommended to any modeler considering building an F-15I
in 1/48 or 1/32 scale.
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Page Created 11 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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