DXM Decals 1/72 F-15J 303TFS 60th Anniversary Scheme
This decal sheet, 71-4230, is really for the one aircraft, but you could do it without the digital camouflage too:
- 62-8864, F-15J, Sept 2014 Komatsu AB, 303 TFS 60th Anniversary Scheme
- 62-8864, F-15J, usual paint scheme
The decals arrived from DXM Decals in an envelope clearly marked ‘Do Not Bend’. Inside the envelope, the decals were secured between 2 pieces of cardboard. The decals themselves are in a self-sealing plastic bag, with a tab at the top for hanging the bag on a sales rack in a store. There’s plenty of space in the bag so getting the decals in and out is not a problem. The bottom folds up over the bag and has a sticky stripe on it to seal it. I found that the sticky strip tends to stick to everything, so I folded the sticky tab back on itself and sealed the bag with a second, smaller, piece of tape. This way I can put things back inside the bag a lot easier. Inside the bag are:
- Two A4/Letter sized, double-sided, colour sheet of decal placement instructions.
- One large decal sheet. (15cm x 21cm)
- One smaller decal sheet (15cm x 7cm)
The instructions are on both sides of the two sheets of paper and the only part of the instructions not used for decal placement is over. You are given top, bottom and left and right views of the aircraft with the digital camouflage. The instructions tell you which order to place the decals. The digital camouflage decals go on first, followed by stencils and fuselage panel numbers. Instructions, as you can see from the images, are clearly laid out, although there are a lot of decals to be fixed. You also get another full set of images just for the panel number decals. I’m pretty sure you could actually use this decal sheet to make the same aircraft, but without the digital camouflage and in its normal camouflage. Not that you’d probably want to do this since you wouldn’t have bought this decal sheet if that was your plan.
The decals themselves are by Cartograph so the quality is very good. There is minimal carrier film except for the places where it is being used to hold a few small sections of digital camouflage together to make sure the alignment between them is correct. The decals themselves look very thin and in register and the colours look good. You also get three blocks of decal, one in each of three colours used in the digital camouflage, so you have a bit of spare decal in case you need to fill in any small gaps.
Overall, it’s a very nice decal sheet with an interesting scheme. This is a much simpler way to put a digital camouflaged aircraft on your shelf than masking and painting it yourself. The decals themselves up to cut grass usual high standards and DXM’s instructions are very good.