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Afterburner Decals 1/48 Numbered Air Forces Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2007 Manufacturer Afterburner Decals
Subject F-16C Numbered Air Forces Part 1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48015 Pros Three Numbered AF CC aircraft complete with some intricate tail band colors
Cons Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Afterburner Decals has turned out some impressive decal releases covering contemporary USAF subjects and this one is no exception. This release covers the mounts of three numbered Air Force commanders.

F-16C F-16C

The aircraft presented in this set are:

  • F-16C-50P-CF, CCIP, 92-3895, WW, 5th Air Force Commander's aircraft, as flown by Lt Gen 'Orville' Wright, 2007
  • F-16C-50-CF, CCIP, 94-0049, SW, 9th Air Force Commander's aircraft, as flown by Lt Gen Gary North, 2007
  • F-16C, 88-00436, HL, 12th Air Force Commander's aircraft, as flown by Lt Gen Norm Seip, 2007

The 9th AF CC's aircraft has a rather colorful tail band representing the units under his command. Thats a lot of color in a small area, but Afterburner Decals pulls this off with a three-layer decal. I am normally not a big fan of decals with more than one or two layers, but given the complexity of the art, this is a nice bit of work!

As you can see in the decal layout, this set provides a nice array of maintenance stencils in addition to the national markings and distinctive unit markings. In fact, Afterburner Decals provide sufficient stencils and markings for two complete aircraft.

According to the instructions, this set was sized for the Tamiya 1/48 F-16C kit as this is the only CCIP aircraft available in this scale straight out of the box. You will need the F-16CG kit from Hasegawa for the 12th AF CC's aircraft, and you can use the CCIP update set should you rather render the Block 50s using the Hasegawa kit instead.

My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!