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F-2A

DXM Decal 1/48 F-2A JASDF 2010 TAC Meet Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer DXM Decal
Subject F-2A JASDF 2010 TAC Meet Scale 1/48
Set Number 13-4208 Pros Seven distinctive F-2A/B options, bonus turned aluminum pitot tube and AOA probes included
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $31.99    

First Look

DXM Decal is a decal company out of Taipei, Taiwan that produces a very nice line of aftermarket sets. In this release, we have a selection of Mitsubishi F-2A and F-2B fighters wearing special markings for the 2010 JASDF TAC Meet and an anniversary scheme as well as markings for the F-2B from the 50th Anniversay of the 21st Squadron. Check these out:.

F-2A F-2A F-2A

The examples presented here include:

  1. F-2A, 3 Sq/3 AW, JASDF, TAC Meet 2010, Misawa AB, 2010
  2. F-2A, 3 Sq/3 AW, JASDF, TAC Meet 2010, Misawa AB, 2010
  3. F-2A, 6 Sq/8 AW, JASDF, TAC Meet 2010, Tsuiki AB, 2010
  4. F-2A, 8 Sq/3 AW, JASDF, TAC Meet 2010, Misawa AB, 2010
  5. F-2A, 8 Sq/3 AW, JASDF, 50th Anniversary, Misawa AB, 2010
  6. F-2B, 21 Sq, JASDF, 50th Anniversary, Matsushima AB, 2004
  7. F-2A, 3 Sq/3 AW, JASDF, TAC Meet 2010 Winner, Misawa AB, 2010

The printing is very well done and none of these decals require the modeler to stack multiple layers of markings atop one another to recreate artwork. This trend by some other decal companies of producing multiple-layer decals is unfortunate as it puts the burden on you to do the work of what should have been done by the decal maker.

This set provides several complete sets of maintenance stencils and markings to replicate at least one example (and if you use some of the stencils from the kits, you can do more!). This set is designed to work with the Hasegawa kits. As a bonus, the set also includes a set of turned aluminum pitot tube/angle of attack probes to help distinguish your F-2A/B kit further.

For more information about this set and the other releases from DXM Decal, visit their website at http://www.dxmdecalshop.com. These decals are also available from Lucky Model and HobbyEasy.

My sincere thanks to DXM Decal for this review sample!

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