Published on
April 13, 2020
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Tamiya 1/48 F-117 (Monogram/Revell could also work)
Company: Caracal Decals - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Caracal Decals - Website: Visit Site

IPMS/USA says “thanks kindly” to  Caracal Decals for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with yet one more of their growing number of releases, with useful additions for those who build. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Kurst does a great job on his products… accurate, perfect resolution, and handling subjects which we have needed for many projects others won’t touch. Caracal crams as many various color schemes into one sheet as will fit, and offers a second, “stencil and detail only” sheet to allow one to model a squadron of 16 different F-117 markings if so inclined. (You get one in this sheet) .

He also offers the stencil and generic information sheet, so you could take one of these (of which, again, you get ONE in the F-117 sheet) and buy a bunch of additional sheets and do a door-art theme. If you are so inclined. I personally LIKE this method, as I don’t have to buy a bunch of the basic sheets to get stencils and national markings. Good business model.

Of course, with the F-117 it is painted much like the model “T” of Henry Ford’s company fame: “You can have it in any color you like as long as it is black”.

Included are several “door art” images, with the usual motivational images to maintain morale at forward operating locations. Details are crisp and color-saturated, and with Cartograf as the contract manufacturer, the professional image remains intact, with excellent final performance of the decal itself.

This is an impressive sheet of a long-gone aircraft with national interest back in the original Gulf war days… although I hear there are one or two pulled out for some reason at Tonopah to fly around and incite the conspiracy crowd. Thanks to Kurst for providing us the sheet, and John and Phil to forwarding for review.


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