Yellowhammer Models Sheet 48-17 provides a set of squadron markings for F-4J 153879 during the time it spent with VMFA-235 Death Angels. The markings stem from the colorful Gull Grey and White era of USN/USMC aviation.
The aircraft sports a red nose cone decorated with white stars, a red sash with white stars emblazoned across the vertical fin with a black hooded figure with yellow wings holding a white sword on the rudder.
Other squadron markings include the VMFA-235 titles for the fuselage, the modex numerals for the nose, tail tip and upper surfaces of the flaps and finally, the stylized squadron identifier "DB" for the vertical stabilizer.
The main maintenance stencils and intake/ejector seat warning stencils are also included as is a set of "Stars and Bars" and the aircraft's Bureau number.
Thankfully Yellowhammer Models have taken the sensible route with the nose markings by providing the stars as separate decals. This will allow the modeler to paint the nose red and apply the stars one by one. The tail marking is provided as two separate decals, the white one to be applied first with the red one positioned on top of it so as to negate any register problems. The tail marking fits the Hasegawa tail with no real problems. The easy way to work out if a particular after market decal sheet will fit the kit you want to use is to photocopy the sheet first then cut the design out the photocopy and lay it on to the kit. This method allows you to make any adjustments to the decal before it is wet and fragile.
The decals themselves are thin with very minimal carrier film surrounding the designs. All decals are in register on my sample and the colours appear to be faithful to the one-to-one-scale examples that they depict.
I have used Yellowhammer decals extensively and whilst they appear to be very much like Microscale/Superscale products they seem to be a little stronger. The decals lay down well and react beautifully to propriety brands of decal settler/softener.
If you want to see what the one-to-one scale aircraft looked like visit Dan Rinaman's website by clicking on http://www.bright.net/~drinaman/vmfa235.htm and if you want a potted history of the Death Angels visit the Tailhook website by clicking on http://www.tailhook.org/vmfa235.htm
All said and done, this is a great sheet. Yellowhammer Models are to be congratulated on providing Phantom fans with another quality product.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Yellowhammer Decals are available from Meteor Productions Website
Review Copyright © 2000 by Rodger