DXM Decals 1/48 VFA-102 Diamondbacks Anniversary

This decal sheet, 71-4228, covers 2 aircraft:

  • VFA-102 Diamondbacks Anniversary Atsugi AB 2015
  • VFA-102 Diamondbacks Anniversary Atsugi AB 2005

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:

  • One A4/Letter sized, double-sided, colour sheet of decal placement instructions.
  • One large decal sheet. (15cm x 21cm)
  • One medium decal sheet (15cm x 14cm)
  • One small decal sheet (2cm x 5cm)

The instructions are on both sides of the sheet of paper and the only part of the instructions not used for decal placement is the cover. You are given left and right views of both aircraft along with partial views to see the other sides of the rudders.  You also have top and bottom views of both so you can clearly see the positioning of the large decals on the top of the aircraft. The instructions, as you can see from the images, are clearly laid out.

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. It looks like you have one set of stencils, so if you want to do more than one aircraft from this set you will have to use the stencils from the kit you’re building.

Overall, it’s a very nice decal sheet with 2 interesting schemes that are much brighter than the usual grey schemes.

Many thanks to DXM Decals for the review sample. You can buy this set for $20.00 from the DXM Decals website.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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