Wolfpak Decals 72-080: A flash of lightning


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Scott Van Aken



You just have to love Wolfpak Decals' approach to doing sheets. While most other companies provide a single subject with multiple units, Wolfpak has always provided a nice selection of subjects and eras for their sheets. This one is no exception with options from the 50s until today. This sheet covers seven subjects and five different aircraft types.

FIrst up is an F-5E from the 57th FWW at Nellis AFB during 1981. Thie plane is in the SEA camo scheme and was one used for aggressor training.

Next is an F-18C from probably one of the last fleet units to operate the legacy Hornet. This particular plane is the squadron commander's plane from 2006 so has a bit of color in the fin markings.

There are two F-35Cs on this sheet, both from VX-23, part of the Strike Directorate at Pax River. These planes are assigned to test out carrier suitability so we have both the first and second F-35C to land on a carrier with the second plane having a bit more color than the first.

Two C-123K aircraft are also included on this sheet. Both are in the SEA camouflage scheme. The first is from 1968 and was with the 19th ACS, 315 SOW at Phan Rang in 1968. The second is from 1979 and based at Westover AFB with the 731st TAS, an AFRES unit.

Finally, an aircraft from the 1957 time frame, an RF-84F that was based with the 32nd TRS at Spangdahlem Germany.

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 kits and conversion sets is also included. A visit to their web site will get you much larger images of the markings options. 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.

February 2015

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