Wingman Models Decals WMD 48001 Latin American Kfirs




Kinetic and AMK 1/48 kits


Scott Van Aken

This is Wingman Models' first decal sheet and may well be the same as what is offered in their Kfir kit, but I do not know as I have not seen that kit. The instructions state that this is designed for the Kinetic and AMK kits and judging from the sheet itself, may well fit the old ESCI kit that has been reissued by Italeri some time in the past.

The large sheet is superbly printed by Cartograf so you know it will work as you want and react well to most setting solutions. A full set of data markings is included and the instructions devote a full page to their placement.

This set is for Kfirs from the Colombian and Ecuador Air Forces. Most of the markings are for Columbia and consist of the following planes, all from 111 Squadron.

First is a C2 from 1989 in standard delivery scheme from IAI. Next is another C2 in low viz markings. in 1995. From 2000 is a C7, also in low viz markings. and with the addition of an air refueling probe. From 2006 is a C7 in FS 36293 grey over the standard 36622 light grey and with full color markings. From 2008 is a similar plane but with a fin tip band. In 2008 a new scheme came into play and both a C7 and C12 are offered where the upper color has changed to FS 36118. A C12 from 2011 with a special scheme is next follwed by a C10 from 2013. The final plane is a C12 from 2009 that is painted withthe upper surfaces in black.

The other options are for two planes of the Ecuador Air Force. One is a Kfir C2 in standard delivery scheme in 1998. The other is a C10 in an F-16 inspired scheme from 2000.

Instructions are superbly done and provide FS 595 paint colors in addition to any special notes on each markings option. There are enough data markings for one plane and the set comes with extra serial numbers so you can do pretty much any plane from these two nations for which you have a photograph.

In all it is a well researched sheet that will add some interest to your display shelf. Available direct or from several on-line retailers.

January 2014

Review set courtesy of  Available from Squadron, Hannants, Lucky Model and Shop of Phantoms. 

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