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Afterburner Decals 1/48 USAF Armaments Set Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2009 Manufacturer Afterburner Decals
Subject USAF Armaments Set Part 1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48055 Pros Sharply printed stencils for 15 different missiles and pods
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Afterburner Decals continues to turn out some impressive decal releases covering contemporary US subjects and one area that tends to get overlooked is modern weapons and pods. One other company started to produce weapons stencils, but didn't get very far in the process. Afterburner Decals has picked up the gauntlet and has put out two sets, this first one covering missiles and pods. Let's take a look.

Weapons Weapons

The weapon/pod stencils included in this set include:

  • AGM-88 HARM
  • AIM-9X Super Sidewinder
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder
  • AGM-65D Maverick
  • AGM-65E Maverick
  • AAQ-14 Litening
  • AAQ-33 Sniper
  • APX-95 ACMI pod
  • ALQ-131 ECM pod
  • ALQ-184 ECM pod
  • ALE-40 Chaff load
  • ALE-40 Flare load

The instructions tell you which kits' weapons were used to size these decals, many of which are targeted for the nice weapons provided in Tamiya's 1/48 Vipers.

You're going to want to stock up on these as Afterburner Decals has covered a nice variety of stores in this set and we'll look at Part Two - Guided Bombs soon. Perhaps we can convince Afterburner Decals to cover the US Navy's weaponry as well?

My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!