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F-4 Phantom II VF-84 Jolly Rogers

Double Ugly Decals 1/48 F-4 Phantom II VF-84 Jolly Rogers Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2011 Manufacturer Double Ugly Decals
Subject F-4 Phantom II VF-84 Jolly Rogers Scale 1/48
Set Number 48001 Pros Seven aircraft markings to choose from!
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (Euro) €19.95

First Look

Double Ugly Decals is new product line from the same folks that produce AirDoc Publications. This first release is a super-set of decals covering the F-4 Phantom II in service with the VF-84 Jolly Rogers. The set provides a nice cross-section of markings across the span of time these aircraft served with the famous pirate markings on their tails and before the Navy adopted low-visibility paint camouflage

F-4 Phantom II VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-4 Phantom II VF-84 Jolly Rogers

The examples presented here include:

  • F-4B, 151474, VF-84, AG/208, USS Independence, 1964
  • F-4B, 151471, VF-84, AG/205, USS Independence, 1964
  • F-4B, 151516, VF-84, AG/200, USS Independence, 1965, CAG's aircraft
  • F-4J, 157274, VF-84, AE/204, USS Roosevelt, 1971
  • F-4N, 150438, VF-84, AE/200, USS Roosevelt, 1974, CAG's aircraft
  • F-4N, 150489, VF-84, AE/206, USS Roosevelt, 1975
  • F-4J, 155361, VF-84, AE/200, USS Roosevelt, 1970, CAG's aircraft

Take a close look at the decal sheet. That is actually two sheets imaged together and show that this set comes with two styles of tail markings, several types of walkways, and markings for at least two models (more if you nab extra national markings and such from other sheets). There are even MODEX numbers for placement in all of the right places.

The instruction booklet provides high-quality color profiles for each of the seven subjects, plus standard top and bottom views and scrap drawings showing you some of the differences. The booklet also provides FS numbers and even color photos of four of the subjects.

This is a great first release and I can't wait to see how these decals go down. If these work as nice as they look, it will be time to dust off those Hasegawa USN Phantoms!

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

My sincere thanks to Double Ugly Decals for this review sample!