The Japanese F-2A fighter is loosely based on the General Dynamics F-16, and if one did not know any better, you would think that is what you were seeing. The F-2A is the single seat fighter of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).
This sheet is in Platz’s NBM21 Decal line – “Natural Born Modellers” and arrives in a clear plastic package slightly larger than the standard decal sheet we have come to expect.
This great set of decals shows the 50th Anniversary scheme of the F-2A from Tsuiki Airbase 8WG 6SQ in 1/72 scale. The decals were printed in Italy by Cartograph and are in perfect registration, and seemingly contain every stencil mark on the real aircraft! I am not joking here, folks – there are a ton of decals on this 6x9 inch decal sheet!
Also included is a nice color diagram showing the placement of the decals, as well as the Federal Standard (FS) color call outs – matched, of course, to the GSI Creos (Mr Color) line of paint. All of the text is in Japanese, but you still get an excellent idea of where to place the decals on the finished model. The only English on the direction sheet mentions that the tail marking on this aircraft was designed in the image of the F-86 and F-1 Fighter of the 6SQ (which explains why the tail is different on each side!).
This is a great set of decals that I recommend for someone looking for a very eye-catching scheme. The directions are very clear and easy to follow.
A special thank you to Platz and Dragon Models USA for providing this review sample.