Scale 1/72
Manufacturer Superscale Decals
Decal Sheet ID 72-622
Decal Sheet Title Desert Storm F-16s
Types Featured F-16C

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Superscale sheet 72-622 provides markings for four different F-16Cs operated during Desert Storm. The aircraft are as follows:

  • F-16C 85-x418 "HR" from the 50th TFW. This carried a blue fin band outlined in black, a black hawk on the fin and black "HR" tailcodes;
  • F-16C 81-x675 from the 159th TFW, Florida ANG. It carried a dark grey fin band outlined in lighter grey and containing a light grey lightning flash. On the upper fuselage was a styllised lightning bolt in grey outlined in black and with a full colour hawk's head;
  • F-16C 84-x256 "SW" from the 363rd TFW. It carried a white fin band containing "HOOTERS" in black. The squadron badge was on the left intake, with the wing badge on the right intake, and the aircraft carried back "SW" tailcodes;
  • F-16C 88-x476 "HL" from the 421st TFW. It carried black "HL" tailcodes and a yellow fin band containing a black lightning bolt.

All four aircraft were painted in the early three tone grey scheme, comprising FS36118 Gunship Grey, FS36270 Neutral Grey and FS36375 Light Compass Ghost Grey.

Instructions comprise a left side view showing markings for each aircraft, and small stencilling drawings are also provided.

The decals are printed with minimal clear coat and are extremely thin. Stencilling is provided for two different aircraft, together with art to be applied to 4 Mk.84 bombs.

Unfortunately, Superscale have made a major error - the F-16 carries 18" tailcodes but the codes on this sheet are all 24" and will need replacing. Additionally, the light grey fin edges to the fin band on the Florida aircraft are out of register.

The errors on this sheet are annoying, but it is still of use due to the subjects featured, although the modeller will need to replace the tail codes!

Review and images by Chris St Clair