F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs
Price: $15.00
Product / Stock #: 48-262

Two Bobs

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks.

Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets.

Decal Sheet Contents

Two sheets of decals are provided with this set, along with three 8 1/2" by 11", double-sided glossy instructions for decal placement. The striking BDU Splinter, Blue Splinter and the newest Arctic Splinter all follow the same schematic pattern as the previous Alaskan Splinter jets. Also included are two of the all black scheme, one with red and the other with yellow national markings ("star and bars") as well as an all gray scheme with black national markings over a yellow background on this sheet. The single color schemes were found on the aircraft during their ferry flights to Eielson.

Included on the sheets are markings and stencils for all the splinter jets. The instructions offer plan views, the undersides as well as both sides of the aircraft. This information is especially useful when creating the complex splinter camouflage scheme. Also included are the FS designations for the various color schemes, plus paints from four different manufacturers.

Bonus markings on this sheet! 1/72nd scale markings for the all gray and all black schemes are included. Seven models can be decorated from these sheets: two at 1/72nd scale and five at 1/48th. The decals appear to be well printed with little carrier film around the edges of the markings.

Application

I have the very old Hasegawa F-16C Block 30 1/48th scale kit number V4 that was gathering dust on the shelf for several years and that is the perfect choice for this set. The Academy, Tamiya or Kinetic kits should also be suitable. I plan to model the "Blue Splinter" from the 354th Wing/18th AGRS, Eilson AFB, Alaska, January 2018. I expect to post this finished model in the future once I clear the bench with my current projects.

Conclusion

The F-16C and its variants is always a great modeling subject. The three splinter schemes offers the modeler an opportunity to add colorful Vipers to their collection, while the all black or all grey offer unique subjects. The fact that these sheets include the markings for several aircraft makes this set of decals all the more appealing, and a real value for the price.

Highly recommended for the F-16 builder who wants to add some color and unique camouflage schemes to their displays.

Manys thanks to Two Bobs and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set of marking. Thank you to Bob Sanchez for allowing me to use images from the Two Bobs website for inclusion in this review.

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