F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Published: May 21st, 2014     
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models
Price: $14.99
Product / Stock #: 48049
Product provided by: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has released a sheet for the 1/48 Kitty Hawk F-35. This decal set includes two sheets with markings for 2 USMC, one 1 US Navy, 2 USAF and 1 RAF aircraft for a total of 6 airframes.

The options on this decal sheet are:

  • F-35B BuNo 168059, VMFAT-501, US Marine Corps
  • F-35B BuNo 168718, VMFA-121, US Marine Corps
  • F-35B BF-05, VX-23 Strike Test, US Navy
  • F-35B ZM137, Royal Air Force
  • F-35A 08-0746, 58th FS, USAF
  • F-35A 10-5009, USAF

They all are in the "F-35 Gray", which seems to be FS 36170. No manufacturers have that color in their line (as of April 2014) so you are recommended to use "Dark Slate Grey" as a close alternative. The decal sheet includes airframe stencils for one aircraft.

Being a Cartograf decal sheet you know you'll get good quality, thin and opaque decals. They are very glossy on the sheet and have very little transparent carrier film around them, minimizing the chances for silvering.

I want to point out that the MSRP price includes free US shipping. International shipping is only $3 more. It should be noted that the instruction sheet it is actually a full color booklet (printed in glossy paper) with left and right sides of each airplane, plus generic top/bottom views.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Caracal Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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