JASDF 40th Anniversary UH-60J Decals

Published: June 11th, 2012     
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/72
Price: $24.00
Product / Stock #: HC72-1
Product provided by: Platz

New to the modeling world is Hobby Collective. This excellent decal sheet covers the 1/72 JASDF UH-60J helicopter in 40th Anniversary markings.

Included in the bag are one decal sheet and a double-sided direction page.

The decal sheet itself is slightly larger than a standard sheet and includes markings for a single helicopter (UH-60J 28-4556) from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force in markings to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the group. The aircraft is very colorful in white over yellow with markings of a dragon on both sides of the fuselage.

The directions are all in Japanese but, with a few minutes of study, the modeler can determine what needs to be done. One side is printed in color and has FS color callouts and decal placements. The back is black and white and includes the decal placements for the stencil data of the aircraft.

The decals themselves are printed by Cartograf and are beautifully done. Included here are markings for the full aircraft - including all of the stencils! Thankfully, all of the decals are numbered on both the decal sheet and the directions, so placement will be easy. You will notice that there are two sets of decals included - marked with an F and one with an H - this will allow the builder to use either the Hasegawa or the Fujimi kit. (Or, I imagine, use the extra decals as a "back-up" in case a set is damaged while applying them!)

I highly recommend this decal sheet to anyone interested in adding a very colorful helicopter to your display case. As far as aircraft go, you can't find one that is much more colorful than this.

Thank you to Platz for the sample, thank you to Hobby Collective for the excellent decals, and thank you to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review them.

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