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Caracal Models 1/72 YF-23 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2013 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject YF-23 Scale 1/72
Set Number 72016 Pros Complete markings for both aircraft
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models for the DML or Italeri releases of the 1/72 YF-23 Black Widow II kit. This set provides markings for both prototype aircraft.

YF-23 YF-23

The subjects covered in this set include:

  • YF-23 PAV-1, 87-0800
  • YF-23 PAV-2, 87-0801

The markings are nicely printed (by Cartograf) and provide all of the distinctive markings and stenciling found on both flight test airframes including the unique intake boundary layer mesh and the VERY short-lived red hourglass worn under PAV-1. This is exactly what was needed to finish the kit in one of the two distinctive flight test schemes.

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!