Iliad Design 1/48 Starfighters in Combat


This decal sheet is numbered 48020a and arrived from Iliad decals in a stout cardboard envelope. This decal sheet is an updated reprint with an additional 7th design and was originally released in 2011. They obviously sold well and are still in demand. The subjects of this sheet are:

  • F-104A Pakistan AF
  • F-104G Republic of China AF
  • F-104C 8th TFW, USAAF
  • F-104C 8th TFW, USAAF
  • F-104C 479th TFW, 436th TFS
  • F-104A Pakistan AF
  • F-104G Turkish AF

The set contains just the aircraft specific decals and you will have to use the stencils from the kit you’re using. There are numerous 1/48 F-104 kits out there and this sheet should work with any of them.

The contents of this set are:

  • 1 double-sided colour sheet of instructions
  • 1 21 cm x 14 cm decal sheet

The instructions are clear and simple and give all the extra details you’re going to need to get your build right. The port side views of each aircraft have details against each of them letting you know details about the painting scheme used and any idiosyncrasies of the individual aircraft. All the colours used on the aircraft are named. On the reverse side of the sheet are top views of the 5 painting styles of the 7 aircraft showing decal placement on the top and bottom of the aircraft.

The decal sheet, as you can see in the photographs and the video, are perfectly in register, well detailed and the colours look good too. The backing film is minimal to non-existent except in places where it is needed to line text up. Iliad has chosen a diverse range of aircraft to build with many colourful options.

This set is available for $12.00 from Iliad Design’s site.

This is a quality decal set for some F-104s that have interesting histories.

Many thanks to Iliad Design for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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