DXM Decals 1/48 F-15J

This DXM Decals 1/48 F-15J decal sheet contains decals for 3 aircraft from Chitose Airbase

  • 42-8832 203rd Sqn
  • 72-8895 203rd Sqn
  • 72-8880 201st Sqn

The sheet only contains enough stencils for one aircraft, however if you need another set of stencils, DXM has them available from their website, with placement instructions on a CD and it looks like you also get a free 2mm roll of tape. In this scale, there are kits by Hasegawa, Tamiya and also one by Great Wall. I believe Great Wall is the slightly better of the kits, but also the more expensive. Do your research to find the best kit for you.

The F-15J contains some Japanese avionics but is almost identical to an F-15C. The JASDF took delivery of 141 F-15Js in total and many have since been updated.

The decals arrive in a self-sealing plastic bag, with a tab at the top for hanging the bag on a sales rack in a store. The top folds over the bottom of the bag and has a sticky stripe on it to seal it. I found that the sticky stripe 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. Inside the bag are:

  • Two A4/Letter sized, double sided, colour sheets of decal placement instructions.
  • Two decal sheets.

The instruction sheet uses one half of one side for the cover. If you open the sheet you will see top and bottom views of an F-15J with the placement of some stencil decals and some of the larger decals. Colours for the aircraft are given in Mr. Color and Humbrol. From these views you can also see the colour schemes of the aircraft. On the back of the instruction sheet you can see 2 side views of each aircraft showing the placement of the main decals, and again the colours are shown in Mr. Color and Humbrol. The second sheet has a port and storboard view of an F-15J on one side and aanother top view on the other side. This sheet shows yet more stencils to be placed. The instructions show decals to be placed inside the airbrake and nose wheel door.

The decals themselves are by Cartograph, so the quality of obviously very good. The amount of extra carrier film seems to be almost non-existent in places, and a bit larger in places where there’s a chance the decals will fold back on themselves as you use them. The decals themselves seem very thin, in register and the colours seem good too. All in all, everything we have come to expect from Cartograph.

Conclusion

To summarize, this is a good quality, highly detailed decal sheet of an unusual subject. To say this set is comprehensive is an understatement. You won’t find this decal option anywhere else in this scale. The instructions are comprehensive and clearly laid out. Overall, this a good quality set and well worthy of being used on your next F-15J build

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

Paul Tosney – Editor
Scifiantasy
ModelBuilder International


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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