Platz have taken a break from their usual diet of JSDAF schemes with the release of a sheet of 1:72 decals devoted to USAF F-22A Raptors (although they still manage to slip in a notional Japanese scheme for good measure).
The decals are printed by Cartograph and the quality is superb. The items are thin and glossy, the carrier film is crystal clear, and the registration is perfect on the review sheet.
To describe the sheet as comprehensive seems almost an understatement, because it is jam-packed with unit insignia and national markings for 10 x main schemes, plus a couple of bonuses:
F-22A-30, 05-4101, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA
F-22A-20, 04-4082, 192nd Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA
F-22A-10, 99-4010, 422nd Test & Evaluation Sqn, Nellis AFB, NV
Bonus notional schemes:
Hawaii ANG 154 WG, 199FS, 521FS
Japanese Air Self Defence Force
The instructions are clearly laid out, over two sides of A-5. The basic colour scheme and general decal placement is illustrated in colour, while the individual unit markings are shown on the reverse in B&W. Text is mostly in Japanese, but captions are bi-lingual so there's little problem working out what you want. FS colours are quoted.
This is certainly the most comprehensive set of F-22 markings I've yet seen and the quality is second to none. Highly recommended for all Raptor fans.
Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
Highs: Masses of markings and perfectly printed.Lows:Verdict: Platz's collection of Raptor markings is the most comprehensive I've seen to date.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...