This decal sheet, 91-4237, covers 1 aircraft:
- F-4EJ Kai, 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Misawa A.B., Japan.
The 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron became the first JASDF F-35 Squadron at Misawa Air Base when it converted from F-4EJ Kais on 29 March 2019. The remaining two squadrons, the 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 501st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (both based at Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki prefecture north of Tokyo), are scheduled to retire their F-4EJ Kais and RF-4EJs in 2020. Some F-4s are also operated by the Air Development and Test Wing in Gifu Prefecture.
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.
- Two large decal sheets. (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 and you also have top and bottom views so you can clearly see the positioning of the large decals on the top of the aircraft. The instructions, as you can see from the images, are clearly laid out. The instructions do mention that there is an order to placing the decals. The decals for the special scheme, shown with orange arrows, go on first and the other decals identified with red lines go on last. They also give you a couple of extra decals, one red and one blue, in case you have little gaps showing when you place all your decals on the aircraft.
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 impressive decal sheet with a very nice scheme that will certainly stand out on the shelf.