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Afterburner Decals 1/48 SR-71A/B YF-12 Blackbirds Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2011 Manufacturer Afterburner Decals
Subject SR-71A/B YF-12 Blackbirds Scale 1/48
Set Number 48079 Pros 14 different marking options
Cons Nothing 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 this latest set is no exception. This set is tailored to fit the Testors/Italeri boxings of the 1/48 SR-71A/B and YF-12A kits. With this release, Afterburner Decals has produced the second of two sets covering the Blackbird and here we have fourteen examples of the aircraft in the early and mid-years of its operational life.

SR-71 SR-71

The examples presented here include:

  • YF-12A, 69-6934, 1964
  • YF-12A, 69-6934, 1965
  • SR-71A, 61-7976, 1977
  • SR-71A, 61-7964, 1981
  • SR-71A, 61-7967, 1977
  • SR-71A, 61-7967, 1978
  • SR-71A, 61-7978, 1968
  • SR-71A, 61-7961, 1968
  • SR-71A, 61-7970, 1968
  • SR-71B, 61-7956, 1982
  • SR-71A, 61-7974, 1970
  • SR-71A, 61-7972, 1975
  • SR-71A, 61-7955, 1968
  • SR-71B, 61-7975, 1969

This release provides sufficient markings and airframe stencils to replicate any two aircraft subjects. This is another great decal superset from Afterburner Decals and will provide you with lots of interesting options for your next SR-71 project.

My sincere thanks to Afterburner Decals for this review sample!