Hi-Decal Line

1/48 F-5E/F Tiger II / Azarakhsh decal sheet

Product #48016

Product Article by Steve Bamford on June 8 2011

 

This new decal sheet from Hi-Decal Line features markings for 4 different F-5 Freedom Fighters with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force and most of them have tailart.

This sheet is also available in 1/72 scale.

  • F-5E 73-00939 / 3-7059, 21st TFS Islamic Iranian AF, TFB.2 Tabriz, 1984.  This aircraft is credited with 3 victories during the Iran/Iraq War.  The camo scheme is Dark Green/Dark Brown and sand on top and Light Grey on the underside.
  • F-5E 3-7301, 41st TFS Islamic Iranian AF, TFB.4 Vahdati, 2010.  This aircraft is the oldest F-5E in Iranian service and served during the Iran Iraq war before being put into storage for 15 years and returned to service after an overhaul in 2007.  Both sides of the tail feature Bald Eagle artwork.  The camo scheme is Dark Green/Dark Brown and sand on top and Light Grey on the underside.
  • F-5E 75-00682 / 3-7156, 43rd TFS Islamic Iranian AF, TFB.4  Vahdati, 2010.  This aircraft is the second F-5E built for Iran and served during the Iran/Iraq War.  There is a bald eagle on one side of the tail and a Tiger's head on the other side of the tail.  The camo scheme is Dark Green/Dark Brown and sand on top and Light Grey on the underside.
  • F-5E Azarakhsh 3-7061. 41st TFS Islamic Iranian AF, TFB.4  Vahdati, 2010.  This aircraft was upgraded in the 1990's under project Azarakhsh.  The camo scheme is Dark Greenoverall with randome black along the top center of the jet..

The instructions are straight forward and also include 3 and usually 4 views of each aircraft on this decal sheet.  Plus there is text providing insight on weapons loads. 

The decals themselves are flawlessly printed and very clearly printed on the 1/48 sample I have before me and are contained on 1 decal sheet.  Stencils are included but the jets had fewer and fewer stencils as they were repainted.  Colours look solid and should cover very well, but the decals appear thin and of a very high quality.   

The are black and white instruction sheet gives you all the info you need to build each of these jets.  Colours are listed as FS#'s, Model Master and Humbrol. 

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Hi-Decal Line is famous for providing markings for many foreign jets and this decal sheet featuring Iranian F-5E's is sure to be a popular seller.  

Special thanks to Hi-Decal Line for sending me this review sample.  You can purchase these decals direct from Hi-Decal Line of from retailers that carry their products.  Click here to see a list of retailers and wholesalers.  Click here for Hi-Decal Line retailers and wholesalers http://www.arcair.com/ISL/Hi-Decal_Line/retailers.htm

Steve

Photos and text by Steve Bamford