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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Caracal Models 1/72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2015 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Scale 1/72
Set Number 72029 Pros 16 subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.99

First Look

Here is the latest release from Caracal Models for the Hasegawa, Academy, and Italeri 1/72 F-35A and Fujimi 1/72 F-35B kits. This set provides some of the first operational as well as late test squadron schemes for the USAF and USMC plus examples delivered to the RAF, RAAF, and RNAF.

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, 168057, VMFAT-501, VM/01, USMC, 2015
  • F-35B, 168728, VMFA-121, VK/10, USMC, 2015
  • F-35B, BF-05, VX-23, SD/65, USMC, 2013
  • F-35A, 10-5011, 422 TES, OT, Nellis AFB, 2015
  • F-35A, 11-5023, 58 FS, EG, Nellis AFB, 2015
  • F-35A, 12-5050, 61 FS, LF, Luke AFB, 2014
  • F-35A, 12-5049, 16 WPS, WA, Nellis AFB, 2015
  • F-35A, F-001, RNAF, 2015
  • F-35A, F-002, RNAF, 2015
  • F-35B, ZM135, RAF, 2013
  • F-35B, ZM136, RAF, 2013
  • F-35B, ZM137, RAF, 2013
  • F-35B, ZM138, RAF, 2013
  • F-35A, A35-001, RAAF, 2015
  • F-35A, A35-002, RAAF, 2015

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!