Wolfpak Decals 72-061: Red Eye
This next Wolfpak decal sheet is another nice selection of jets, most are from the 60s and 70s. There are Six interesting options on this one
First we have an F-18A+ from VFA-201 based at Fort Worth in 2003. This one is the CAG bird so has a lot of color. Not sure who does an upgraded F-18A kit, but I'll bet there is aftermarket enough to handle the differences.
Going back 35 years from that one is an RF-4C from the 12th TRS based at Tan Son Nhut in 1968. The 12 was eventually part of the 65th TRW and was the training unit for recce RF-4s until the unit was disbanded, removing the RF-4C from the active air force inventory.
Next is one of two very short-lived Tomcat units. VF-191 along with its sister unit, VF-194 were formed in 1986 and disestablished less than two years later without having made a cruise.
Another Phantom is this early F-4D from the 431 TFTS at George AFB. There is no IR seeker under the nose so this one was armed with the AIM-4 Falcon, which was great for knocking down slow, un-maneuvering bombers, but totally sucked as an air to air fast jet combat weapon. Robin Olds and his units in Vietnam tried many times to use the weapon against MiGs but it was such a dismal failure that he had the systems removed and shipped back to the US.
Next is an RF-8G from VFP-63 during their last years at NAS Miramar in late 1975. This one is named 'the Wizard' and has some small tail artwork. You'll need to use kit insignia for this one or use the ones for the next option.
Finally, a VF-191 F-8E from the USS Ticonderoga in July of 1968. This one is listed as a MiG killer. Like the previous plane it is light gull grey over white.
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.
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