DXM Decals 1/48 F-15E USAF 4FW 75th Anniversary
This decal sheet, 81-4232, covers 1 aircraft:
- F-15E 4th Fighter Wing 75th Anniversary, Seymour Johnson AFB
The decals arrived from DXM Decals in an envelope clearly marked ‘Do Not Bend’. Inside the envelope, the decals were secured between 2 pieces of cardboard. The decals themselves are in a self-sealing plastic bag, with a tab at the top for hanging the bag on a sales rack in a store. There’s plenty of space in the bag so getting the decals in and out is not a problem. The bottom folds up over the bag and has a sticky stripe on it to seal it. I found that the sticky strip tends to stick to everything, so I folded the sticky tab back on itself and sealed the bag with a second, smaller, piece of tape. This way I can put things back inside the bag a lot easier. Inside the bag are:
- One A4/Letter sized double-sided, glossy colour sheet of decal placement instructions.
- Two large decal sheets. (15cm x 21cm)
The instructions are on both sides of the sheet of paper and the only part of the instructions not used for decal placement is the cover. You are given left and right views of the aircraft along with partial views to see the other sides of the rudders. You also have top and bottom views so you can clearly see the positioning of the large decals on the top of the aircraft. The instructions, as you can see from the images, are clearly laid out. The instructions do mention that there is an order to placing the decals. The decals for the Anniversary scheme, shown with blue arrows, go on first and the other decals identified with red lines go on last.
The decals themselves are by Cartograph so the quality is very good. There is minimal carrier film around the stencils except for the places where it is being used to hold text together to make sure the alignment between them is correct. The anniversary decals are pretty big and use the carrier film to make sure all the feathers of the wings are aligned correctly. The decals themselves look very thin and in register and the colours look good. You also have one set of stencils.
Overall, it’s a very impressive decal sheet with a very nice and unusual scheme that will certainly stand out on the shelf.