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Operation Leader

Starfighter Decals 1/72 Operation Leader Decal First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2018 Manufacturer Starfighter Decals
Subject Operation Leader Scale 1/72
Set Number 72-154 Pros Nice variety of subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $6.00

First Look

Starfighter Decals has released this decal set covering Operation Leader, the attack on German shipping near Norway by USS Ranger, under the control of the British Home Fleet, on 4 Oct 1943. While the attack results are still sketchy today, losses include five ships destroyed, seven more damaged, and two aircraft lost for the Germans while four aircraft were lost from the Ranger.

Operation Leader Operation Leader

This decal set provides markings for the following subjects:

  • F4F-4, unknown, VF-4, 27, USS Ranger, 1943
  • F4F-4, unknown, VF-4, 1, USS Ranger, 1943
  • F4F-4, unknown, VF-4, 7, USS Ranger, 1943
  • SBD-5, 28731, VB-4, 5, USS Ranger, 1943
  • TBM-1, 06302, VB-4, 4, USS Ranger, 1943

The instructions recommend the Airfix F4F-4 and Hasegawa kits for the 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!