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USAF F-22A
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

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-30, 05-4088, 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, NV

F-22A-30, 05-4106, 7th Fighter Sqn, Holloman AFB, NV

F-22A-10, 91-4008, 411st FLTS, Edwards AFB, CA

F-22A-30, 05-4102, 302nd Fighter Sqn, Elmendorf AFB, AK

F-22A-30, 06-4125, 525th Fighter Sqn, Elmendorf AFB, AK

F-22A-30, 06-4122, 525th Fighter Sqn, Elmendorf AFB, AK

F-22A-30, 06-4109, 443rd Weapon Sqn, Nellis AFB, NV

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.

Conclusion
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.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Masses of markings and perfectly printed.
Lows:
Verdict: Platz's collection of Raptor markings is the most comprehensive I've seen to date.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: USD-6
  Suggested Retail: 2,310JPY
  PUBLISHED: Oct 25, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.71%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.70%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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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...

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Looks nice! I have the Revell F-22 in the stash, and the WA tailcode looks very nice to me! Just a pity that the price is a bit high (converting with XE.com resulted in 17)...
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