Wolfpak Decals 72-048: TAC-Air
This next new sheet from Wolfpak Decals contains a nice mixture of USAF and USN types. As with many of their new sheets, this one contains seven different aircraft, most of which are brand new markings options. Most are quite current with a few of them from more than 20 years ago.
First up is a very nice OV-10A from the 19th TASS based at Osan, Korea in 1980. This overall gunship grey aircraft is pretty much devoid of color, typical of the time.
Next is a new EA-18G from VAQ-132, one of the more recent EA-6B units to convert to the Growler. This is their late 2010 markings scheme.
The third scheme is a legacy Hornet from VA-131 back in 1980. It is the CAG bird from when they were on the USS Coral Sea.
The EA-6B is from VAQ-140 and unit that was the first to incorporate USAF crew members after the demise of the EF-111A. It is in late 2010 markings with mission markings on the nose.
The F-16C is from the 480th FS in March of 2011 and is marked as the boss bird for the 52nd FW.
A set of markings that have been done several times in the past are these VF-41 F-14A versions from the Gulf of Sidra incident of 1981. The aircraft is in an easy to paint FS 16440 light gull grey. The instructions show it as a matte finish, but these planes were painted in gloss polyurethane paint. This paint did fade somewhat, but never to a matte finish.
Finally, an OA-10A from the 5th TACG. This overall gunship grey plane was based at Suwon, Korea in 1989.
The instruction sheet for this set is the best in the business when it comes to background information and what may be needed to accurately depict the aircraft being modeled. In addition to the actual placement profiles, there are several additional pages of information that include a history of the type, kits and update bits for these schemes, as well as load-out information, and any changes needed to properly model the aircraft in question, assuring you of the most accurate model you can have. A listing of available kits is also included.
As with the previous sheets, these are superbly printed by Fantasy Printshop and without any registration problems. If you have not yet treated yourself to some of the best researched decals around, you should.
Thanks to WolfPak Decals for the review sample. Visit their booth at the Omaha Nationals.
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