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First Look Review
Vietnam F4 Phantom Decals
Vietnam Ace Capt Steve Richie and Friends
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

Introduction

Werner’s Wings in conjunction with Kitty Hawk Models brings us their first release of a jet decal sheet for the venerable F-4 Phantom, “Vietnam Ace - Capt Steve Ritchie and Friends.” This sheet is available in 1/32 (limited edition), 1/48th and 1/72nd scale. If you have always wanted to build Steve Ritchie’s airplanes but have never been able to find the markings, in particular the unique Warnings for the Combat Tree markings and the white outlined ejection seat warning triangles, now you can.

Review

The set features markings for 14 aircraft, including one aircraft, F-4D 66-7463, that has marking options for five different splitter plates with different kill markings and another one has two kill marking options. Markings are included for all the aircraft that Capt Ritchie used to shoot down his five kills, in all of their guises along with known loadouts. Also included are MiG aces, Capt Feinstein and Capt DeBellevue, the leading ace of the war with six kills. Some other notable pilots included on the sheet are Col Chappie James, famous as part of Operation Bolo. Other MiG killers are included such as Capt Dan Cherry, featured on the “Dogfights” series, “Hell over Hanoi”.

There are also two options for F-4s of a friend of Floyd’s dad, Capt Steve Bricker. While he did not get any MiG kills he flew during Operation Linebacker I & II. Included are one of his aircraft from Vietnam and one from England, where he trained to carry B-61 Nuclear Weapons. There are a few other MiG killers including three planes flown by Col Robin Olds to round out the sheet. You may also note that some of the stars have white backgrounds and they are off-center, designed this way because the real ones were as well. Also included are markings for the AN/ALQ-101(V)1 and AN/ALQ-71(V)2 SPECIAL ECM Pods. The set is completed with a full 8 ½ x 11 sheet listing all the aircraft and their weapons load-outs as they appeared at the times of the included markings.

The excellent artwork was done by Mason Doupnik, who has done all of the Werner’s Wings sheets. The decals are printed by BOA and are thin and in perfect register.
Decal options include:
  • Opt 1 - Ritchie 1st kill, DeBellevue WSO
  • Opt 2 - Ritchie 2nd kill, Pettit WSO
  • Opt 3&4 - Ritchie 3 & 4 kills, DeBellevue WSO
  • Opt 5 - Ritchie 5th kill, DeBellevue WSO - 3 options for the kill markings on this jet
  • Opt 6 - 463 again, but six kills now- McCoy & Brown WSO - got a MiG-21 in this jet on 15 Oct 72
  • Opt 7 - Bricker F-4E
  • Opt 8 - Bricker F-4D in Europe
  • Opt 9 - Mig Killer - Williams and Feigny
  • Opt 10 - Baily and Feinstein got 2 MiGs in this A/C
  • Opt 11 - Chappie's jet
  • Opt 12 - Dan Cherry and Feinstein got a MiG kill in this one
  • Opt 13 – Olds and Clifton
  • Opt 14 – Olds and Croker, Olds and Lafferty, Olds - three versions
SUMMARY
Highs: A very nice set of decals with very complete details on markings and weapons load-out for each aircraft.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Another great set of decals from Werner's Wings. A much needed set for Vietnam aircraft builders.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 32-01, 48-13, 72-0
  PUBLISHED: Jan 07, 2018
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.68%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.50%

About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.

Copyright ©2018 text by Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thanks for the review, Gino. Didn't realize you are a jet-head, too.
JAN 08, 2018 - 06:39 AM
I'm not really. The F4 Phantom is one aircraft I have built and it is a pretty cool and significant aircraft. Glen from Kitty Hawk asked me to take a look at them too.
JAN 08, 2018 - 07:27 AM
1/32 SOLD OUT already.....Ahhh C**p! Gary
JAN 09, 2018 - 12:21 AM
Kitty Hawk has a limited supply of the 1/32 decals yet. i'll give you an address in a few. go to our eBay Fox3Tornado. $25.00 + free shipping in USA overseas contact Joe. I will also have some 1/32 at Richmond Va. IPMS in Feb.
JAN 09, 2018 - 01:45 AM
They are sold out from Werner's Wings but they are available as Kagnew mentioned above by Joe Lortie who helped sponsor the decals.
JAN 25, 2018 - 02:24 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

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