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US Lo-Viz Insignia & Data
USN/USMC/USAF Lo-Viz Insignia And Data
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Euro Decals'new sets include a wealth of national insignia, intake warning markings, rescue arrows and ejection seat hazard triangles to provide modellers with a great starting point to tackle any US low-viz scheme, plus dedicated markings for the following aircraft:

A-4 Skyhawk
A-10 Thunderbolt II
AV-8B Harrier II
F-14 Tomcat
F-16 Falcon
F/A-18 Hornet
F-15C Eagle
F-15E Eagle
F-117 Nighthawk
F-8J Crusader
KC-135E Stratotanker
MH-60 Seahawk
V22 Osprey

Depending on the subject, the markings are provided in black, white, or one of three tones of grey. It does seem wonderfully ironic that the F-117 "Stealth Fighter" is the only aircraft sporting glaring white insignia... who says the military don't have a sense of humour?

The decals are beautifully printed by Fantasy Printshop to their customary superb standard, with pin sharp definition and minimal excess carrier film on the thin, glossy items. The "Danger" text for the ejection seat triangles is perfectly legible even on the 1:72 sheet.

It's important to stress that these are generic sheets of markings, so you will need to supply your own references for any specific subject, sourcing the unit and individual markings yourself. Similarly, the sheets don't come with placement instructions for the decals - which is totally understandable, because providing diagrams for over a dozen aircraft types would inevitably raise the price of the sheets considerably. Plus, of course, checking whether the insignia and their positions are standard or unit-modified is part and parcel of the research you'll do for the colour scheme of any given airframe.

The sheets are available direct from Fantasy Printshop, priced as follows:

ED-48114 - 13.95
ED-72114 - 7.95


Conclusion
Euro Decals'new sets will prove a valuable resource for anyone building a recent US aircraft in low-viz markings. The quality is excellent and they are very competitively priced.

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AEROSCALE.
SUMMARY
Highs: Superb quality decals. A comprehensive selection of lo-viz insignia in two popular scales.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Euro Decals' new decals sets are an ideal resource for anyone building a recent US aircraft in a lo-viz colour scheme.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  PUBLISHED: Jun 14, 2018
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.81%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.00%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2018 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. 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.



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