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F-4J VF-154 Black Knights

AOA Decals 1/48 F-4J VF-154 Black Knights Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2020 Manufacturer AOA Decals
Subject F-4J VF-154 Black Knights Scale 1/48
Set Number 48015 Pros Four distinctive subject options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $17.00

First Look

AOA Decals has returned with another interesting set of subjects for the Academy 1/48 F-4J Phantom II kits. This set looks at the colors worn by the squadron during two cruises off the coast of Vietnam and one while ashore at NAS Miramar prior to transitioning to the F-4S (briefly).

F-4J VF-154 Black Knights F-4J VF-154 Black Knights

The subjects included in this set:

  • F-4J, 155743, VF-154, NE/201, USS Ranger, 1970-71, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-4J, 158373, VF-154, NE/100, USS Ranger, 1972-73, CAG aircraft
  • F-4J, 158369, VF-154, NE/103, USS Ranger, 1972-73
  • F-4J, 158373, VF-154, NE/100, NAS Miramar, 1977-78, CAG aircraft

The color profiles provide detailed information on each aircraft to help you render an accurate model of the subject. As you can see in the decal image above, there are enough markings for two models provided though you'll need extra national markings for the second model. You'll also note that there are no airframe stencils beyond the basics included on this sheet as AOA has released a separate sheet with extensive airframe stencils for that job.

For more information about this set and the other releases from AOA Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to AOA Decals for this review sample!