by: Tim Hatton [ ]
This release from Afterburner Decals covers some of the F-16's of the Air National Guard [ANG]. In all 12 aircraft are covered, one combat aircraft and the rest are line birds.
2 x decal sheets. The one with most of the markings and stencils is A4 in size and the smaller sheet has wing walk lines and pilot and crew chiefs names as well as some serial numbers
8 x A4 colour profiles. There are individual port and starboard views and a upper and lower plan view of the two camouflage schemes used: three tone and two tone greys. Paints used are light compass grey [FS 36375], neutral grey [FS36270] and gunship grey [FS36118].
5 x A4 block guides.
1 x A4 stencil guide.
1 x A4 information guide on the ANG, modelling notes and weapons guide. The weapons guide features weapons used during operations desert storm, noble eagle, Iraqi freedom and enduring freedom.
Markings covered in this release are:
New York ANG/174th TFW, Al Kharj AB, Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Storm, 1991.
79-0403, F-16A block 10.
New York ANG, 107th FIG, 81-0702, F-16ADF block15.
North Dakota ANG/119th FW, 82-0951, F-16ADF block 15.
New Jersey ANG/177th FW, 83-1148, F-16C block 25.
Minnesota ANG/148th FW, 83-1155, F-16C block 25.
Indiana ANG/122nd FW, 84-1264, F-16C block 25.
Indiana ANG/113th FS, 85-1552, F-16C block 30.
Iowa ANG/132nd FW, 87-0230, F-16C block 30.
Colorado ANG/140th FW, 88-0401, F-16C block 30.
Iowa ANG/132nd FW, 89-2019, F-16C block 42.
Ohio ANG/180th FW, 89-2098, F-16C block 42.
Arizona ANG/162nd FW, 89-2100, F-16C block 42.
A mention has to go to the instructions, paint profiles and stencil guides. They are superb. The amount of information is staggering. There are extremely good guides on each type of F-16 and what to look for, to make whichever block aircraft you make as accurate as possible. Although the cover suggests using the Tamiya kits, Afterburner provides guidance in their modelling notes on the best kit to use for the particular type and block of aircraft. Also they suggest which after market products to use to get the best representation of the real thing.
If you're thing is the F-16 and you want to depict several aircraft, this set will add interest to your flight line. Tail markings are stunning, brightening up the camouflage scheme. The Indiana ANG/122nd FW, 84-1264 is a particularly striking aircraft, with it's orange tail and stabilators and very colourful air intake. The black and white fuselage and wing stripes are not included as decals, but Afterburner provides the dimensions so that you can cut the correct width masking tape. There are enough stencils to dress up two models.
Quality of the print by Cartograf is simply stunning. Colour density looks superb. Decals are glossy with a minimum amount of carrier film. Stencils and text despite their very small size are legible.
The quality of this release keeps up the high standards that Afterburner Decals have set themselves. The backup information is amazing in the depth of detail. I am running out of superlatives for these releases from Afterburner Decals. If the F-16 is your thing then this is a must have release. I am going to have to go through my small stash of F-16's to see if any of these beauties can be used. Nice one Afterburner Decals.