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DECAL REVIEW


Werner's Wings Decals # 48-013
Vietnam Ace Capt. Steve Richie and Friends -- 1:48 Scale

 

The hard-fought air war over Vietnam witnessed the uncommon bravery and valor of tens of thousands of airmen.  They faced many challenges – from restrictive rules of engagement to Soviet SAMs, all while their new weapon systems (such as air-to-air missiles) were still maturating and often lacked reliability.  The extraordinary contributions these combat aviators are incalculable, from aces such as Steve Richie and Chuck DeBellevue to the likes of Chappie James, Robin Olds, Dan Cherry, and Steve Bricker.
           
In this release, Werner’s Wings provides decals for 12 Vietnam era- F-4 Phantom IIs, featuring Steve Ritchie and Chuck DeBellevue’s, aircraft along with a host of their compatriots.  The decals here are really quite generic in their design, and can fit perfectly on any 1:48 scale F-4C/D/E kit, from Monogram, Revell, Hasegawa, Academy, or Zoukei-mura.  It contains the phollowing Phantoms:

The decal artwork was rendered by Mason Doupinik and printed by BOA.  The decal sheet itself is beautiful.  Colors look great and are opaque (particularly the solid white tail codes), and the great decal design and printing is really evident in the legibility of even the finest markings – and with some particularly subtle touches, too.  It might look like some of the white borders on the kill markings are off-center and the decals are out of register, but the research on these jets shows that’s exactly how they appeared on the real airplanes.

The markings guides are well-rendered, clear and thorough, and capture the airplane-by airplane variations of the USAF SEA camouflage patterns on these Phantoms.  Detailed notes on accurate loadouts and other subtle paint scheme variations for each scheme at each moment in time are provided, from the ordnance carried on each of Ritchie’s flights, to the mixed loadouts (including ECM pods) of Linebacker I and II sorties, and the B-61 configuration fitted to the nuclear-strike mission of the Bentwaters-based F-4D.   

The first issue of this sheet had two small errors (the tail number of Ritchie’s second victory aircraft and Dan Cherry’s first name erroneously printed as “Don” on the canopy rail).  If you purchased this sheet before the correction insert was included here, contact Werner’s Wings (see below) for a free correction.
                         
This decal sheet is a must-have for F-4 Phantom fans and scale modelers of the Vietnam-era.  Its historical coverage is excellent and unprecedented. 

Many thanks to Floyd Werner of Werner’s Wings for the review sample. You can find them on the web at http://www.wenerswings.com. Their email is info@wernerswings.com and on Facebook, you can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Werners-Wings.

Also – if you choose get this decal sheet, please let Floyd know you saw it here on Detail & Scale!!

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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