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Operation Leader

Starfighter Decals 1/48 Operation Leader Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2020 Manufacturer Starfighter Decals
Subject Operation Leader Scale 1/48
Set Number 4815 Pros Three distinctive subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.00

First Look

Starfighter Decals has released this interesting decal set for Operation Leader - the USS Ranger's air group that took part in German air and naval interdiction near Bodo, Norway on 3-4 October 1943. This action resulted in the first U.S. Navy kills of German aircraft, in addition to the damage inflicted on the German Navy.

Operation Leader Operation Leader

This set has the following decal subjects:

  • F4F-4, unknown, 27, VF-41, USS Ranger, Oct 1943, Operation Leader
  • SBD-5, 28731, 5, VB-41, USS Ranger, Oct 1943, Operation Leader
  • TBM-1, 06032, 4, VT-41, USS Ranger, Oct 1943, Operation Leader

This decal set provides sufficient markings and stencils for all three subjects. These decals are designed for the Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 and the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD-5 and TBM-1 kits. You can purchase these decals directly from Starfighter Decals on their website.

My sincere thanks to Starfighter Decals for this review sample!