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Fighters of Austin

Caracal Models 1/48 Fighters of Austin Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2015 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject Fighters of Austin Scale 1/48
Set Number 48074 Pros Nice marking options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models providing an interesting selection of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force Reserve group in Austin, TX. Based at Bergstrom AFB, the 704 TFS operated the F-4 Phantom II through the 1980s and transitioned into the F-16 Fighting Falcon in the early 1990s before the unit was deactivated in 1996.

Fighters of Austin Fighters of Austin

The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • F-4E, 74-1040, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1989, 924 TFG CC's aircraft
  • F-4E, 72-0135, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1990
  • F-4E, 74-0629, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1990
  • F-4D, 66-7768, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1986
  • F-4D, 66-7740, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1986
  • F-4D, 66-7641, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1983
  • F-16A Block 15, 83-1078, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1991
  • F-16A Block 15, 82-1007, 704 TFS/USAFR, Bergstrom AFB, 1992, 704 TFS CC's aircraft

While the instructions doesn't recommend specific kits for this set, you will find the F-4D available from Academy or Hasegawa (the 'Herpes-nose' ALR-69(V)2 modification is available from several aftermarket companies). The F-4E is currently only available from Hasegawa (you need the late-block version with slatted wings, and TISEO. These aircraft also had ARN-101 which some of the Hasegawa releases offer but the Arnie antennas can be created from styrene). The F-16A Block 15 is available from Hasegawa, Academy, and Kinetic Models. 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!