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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Caracal Models 1/48 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2014 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Scale 1/48
Set Number 48049 Pros Six subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $14.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models for the Kitty Hawk Models 1/48 F-35A and F-35B Lightning II kits. This set provides some of the first operational as well as late test squadron schemes for the USAF and USMC plus one of the first examples delivered to the RAF.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • F-35B, 168059, VMFAT-501, VM/03, USMC, 2013
  • F-35B, 168718, VMFA-121, VK/16, USMC, 2013
  • F-35B, BF-05, VX-23, SD/65, USMC, 2013
  • F-35B, ZM137, RAF, 2013
  • F-35A, 08-0746, 58 FS, Eglin AFB, 2013
  • F-35A, 10-5009, 422 TES, Nellis AFB, 2013

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide all of the distinctive markings plus stenciling for one airframe. This is a nice set of alternatives to the kit decals and will make your JSF look great!

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

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!