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F-4EJ Kai
3 Wg 8 Squadron ‘Black Panthers’

Platz, 1/72 scale



Catalogue Number:

Platz Decals JD-37 - JASDF F-4EJ Kai 3 Wg 8 Squadron ‘Black Panthers’


1/72 scale

Contents and Media:

Decal sheet and full colour instruction sheet in a resealable bag.


2,310 Yen available online from Platz

Review Type:



Interesting aircraft; stencils included, full colour instructions, perfect register and minimum carrier film.



High quality marking option for 1/72 scale F-4EJ Phantom kits

Reviewed by Andrew Steinbeck

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F i r s t L o o k



Platz has released decals for an 8 Squadron F-4EJ Kai of the Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) in 1/72 scale.  The all-over black scheme depicted was worn in 2008 to signify the final year of Phantom operations by this unit; they transitioned to the F-2 support fighter later that year. This sheet provides all necessary markings to replicate the scheme; all the modeller needs to do is provide a glossy black surface for these decals! A thorough selection of stencilling (correctly rendered on a grey block background in many instances, as per the real thing) is provided and where appropriate have even been grouped together to ease the decaling process.



The decals are superbly printed by Cartograf of Italy. Thave good colour saturation and are in perfect register.  The carrier film is ultra thin and my experience with this type of decal is that they have to be handled carefully and will snuggle down into the surface detail well.  The carrier film then almost totally disappears under a coat of clear.  The detail in the data decals is finely printed and is easily readable.  The instruction sheet is printed in colour and gives clear indication for placement of all markings.



The scheme provided in this sheet is as follows:

  • F-4EJ Kai 37-8312 of the 8th Sqn, JASDF at Misawa, in 2008. The aircraft is finished in a special scheme of FS27038 black overall with yellow trim and text.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Platz decal for the review sample.

Text and Images Copyright 2010 by Andrew Steinbeck
This Page Created on 12 January, 2010
Last updated 12 January, 2010

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