F-16A Fighting Falcon
Royal Netherlands Air Force 323 Sqn
Astra Decals, 1/144, 1/72 & 1/48 scales
Reviewed by Mick Evans
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Astra Decals, a Daco Products division, has introduced a fine quality decal sheet depicting three schemes for 323 Sqn of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in the “Dirty Diana” 50th anniversary scheme for F-16A Falcons in 1998. The decals are superbly printed with good colour saturation and excellent register. Carrier film is ultra thin and should snuggle down into the surface detail well.
Markings are provided for 3 aircraft as follows
F-16A Serial Number J-230 of No 323 Sqn painted for the 1998 Leeuwarden Air Show. This aircraft has a dark blue tail fin with artwork of a cartoon version of “Diana Goddess of the Hunt” painted on both sides of the tail. The scheme was painted while the aircraft was at Goose Bay in Canada but after going unserviceable just prior to returning home to the Netherlands. The scheme was censored prior to returning to the Netherlands after the Dutch HQ ordered replacement aircraft J-642 which was painted in an identical scheme censored at the Leeuwarden air show.
F-16A Serial Number J-642 of No 323 Sqn painted for the 1998 Leeuwarden air show. This aircraft has a dark blue tail fin with tail art of a cartoon version of “Diana Goddess of the Hunt” painted on both sides of the tail. The scheme was painted on the aircraft due to J-230 going unserviceable at Goose Bay in Canada just prior to returning home to the Netherlands. After being seen by some HQ Generals in the morning the scheme was censored prior to the afternoon session of the air show.
F-16A Serial Number J-248 of No 323 Sqn. This aircraft has a yellow tail fin with tail art of a cartoon version of “Diana Goddess of the Hunt” painted on both sides of the tail. The scheme was started just prior to the Kosovo conflict so the crew chiefs had to wait until the aircraft returned to the Netherlands to be completed. This scheme was not censored and allowed to fly until its retirement in 2001.
The set includes all the data decals required to complete one aircraft.
This is a stunning sheet by Astra Decals.
Thanks to Daco for the samples
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