Afterburner Decals 1/48 F-15C Eagle Wing Kings #2 Decal First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||October 2007||Manufacturer||Afterburner Decals|
|Subject||F-15C Eagle Wing Kings #2||Scale||1/48|
|Set Number||48021||Pros||Beautifully printed decal artwork!|
|Cons||Nothing noted||Skill Level||Novice|
|MSRP (USD)||Out of Production|
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 two US Air Force Wing Commanders.
The aircraft presented in this set are:
- F-15C, 85-0128, MO, 366 FW Commander, Mountain Home AFB, ID, 2006, as flown by Col Charles Shugg
- F-15C, 81-0027, TY, 325 FW Commander, Tyndall AFB, FL, 2004, as flown by BG Larry New
Once again, Afterburner decals has turned out a nice subject set for the 1/48 F-15C Eagle, but there is more to this release than meets the eye!
Afterburner Decals has produced all of their decals using Microscale as their printer, until now. As with everyone else working with Microscale these days, decal artists have had to compromise on line thickness as Microscale has had problems with printing thin lines, and you've also noted (one of my pet peeves) the increased use of multiple layers of decals to recreate a multi-colored emblem, shield, or other artwork due to problems maintaining print registry.
Take a closer look at these decals:
There is no problem with line thickness here nor the need for multiple color layers because this is the first sheet from Afterburner that has been printed by Cartograf and the results are magnificent!
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 Hasegawa 1/48 F-15C kit though you can adapt these to fit any 1/48 scale F-15C.
My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!