"Showtime 100" F-4J Decals
Yellowhammer Models decal set 32-07 provides markings to produce a 1/32 scale replica of what arguably was the most famous Mig killing aircraft of the Vietnam War, the very well known 155800 Showtime 100 piloted by LT Randy Cunningham and LTJG Willie Driscoll of VF-96.
The decal set comprises two normal sized sheets with the first sheet comprising of Yellowhammer's generic Navy/Marine hi viz F-4 markings which provides national insignia, NAVY and MARINE titles for the fuselage and the major stencil data including intake warnings and ejection seat triangles in two different styles.
The second sheet provides the markings to replicate 155800 on 10 May 1972 when Cunningham and Driscoll shot down three Migs to become the first and only Navy aces of the Vietnam War. The markings include the VF-96 Fighting Falcons stylized falcon for the vertical stabilizer with the white NG airwing designator and "double nuts" of the CAG aircraft in white. The falcon has a red eye and the design is thinly outlined in white. The black triangle with a white silhouette of a Mig 21 completes the markings for the vertical stabilizer. The bureau number, large 5800 serial and 100 modex are included with the latter thinly outlined in white. Other markings for the fuselage include the black stripes to the rear of and for the base of the canopies and white ENS I.M. Fearless for the rear canopy rails and CDR Gus Eggert for the front canopy rails; the Plane Captain's name in white lettering on a black sash; USS Constellation titles, the CAG marking (a bumble bee with coloured stars), and the Admiral JC Clifton Award zap. Other markings include a large NG for the top of the starboard wing; double nuts markings for the flaps and the underside wing tips; VF-96 stencils and miniature falcons for the drop tanks round out the sheet.
The instruction sheet provided with the sheets is very comprehensive and lists Yellowhammer's reasons for their conclusions as to how the aircraft was marked on that fateful day. Also included is the ordnance load and how the aircraft was configured on the day in question.
As with all of Yellowhammer's decals the sheets in this set are very well printed and in perfect register. The decals are very thin and each design is surrounded by the barest minimum of carrier film.
All in all one of Yellowhammer's best sets yet with particular attention being paid to accuracy of the subject matter and quality in the printing, presentation and packaging.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Yellowhammer Decals are available from Meteor Productions Website
Review Copyright © 2000 by Rodger