DXM Decals 1/48 F-4EJ Kai JASDF 8Sq Sea Camouflage

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This decal sheet, 81-4134, covers 4 aircraft all from 8 Sqn JASDF:

  • ACM2003 Winner, Misawa AB
  • 2006 Iruma AB
  • 2006 Misawa AB
  • 2002 Misawa AB

The 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron is a squadron of the 8th Air Wing of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force based at Tsuiki Air Base, in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It operated the F-4EJ Kai from 1997 to 2009.

The set is designed for 1/48 F-4E/F kits from Academy, Esci, Fujimi, Hasegawa, Italeri and Revell.

The decals arrived from DXM Decals in an envelope clearly marked ‘Do Not Bend’. Inside the envelope, the decals were secured between 2 pieces of cardboard. The decals themselves are in a self-sealing plastic bag, with a tab at the top for hanging the bag on a sales rack in a store. There’s plenty of space in the bag so getting the decals in and out is not a problem. The bottom folds up over the bag and has a sticky stripe on it to seal it. I found that the sticky strip 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. This way I can put things back inside the bag a lot easier. Inside the bag are:

  • One A4/Letter sized double-sided, glossy colour sheet of decal placement instructions.
  • One large decal sheet. (15cm x 21cm)

The instructions are on both sides of the sheet of paper and the only part of the instructions not used for decal placement is the cover. You are given left and right views of the aircraft to get the big decals in place. You also have top, side and bottom views so you can clearly see the positioning of the stencils common to all 4 options The instructions, as you can see from the images, are clearly laid out.

The decals themselves are by Cartograph so the quality is very good. There is minimal carrier film around the stencils except for the places where it is being used to hold the text together to make sure the alignment between them is correct.  The decals themselves look very thin and in register and the colours are vibrant and overall look very good. You also have one set of stencils.

Overall, it’s a very well done decal sheet of this interesting camouflage scheme with a good range of F-4EJ Kais from 8 Sqn JASDF.

Many thanks to DXM Decals for the review sample. You can buy this set for $26.00 from the DXM Decals website.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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