F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash in Belgium

Retail price: $11.50

Daco Products has released this set of decals, presumably for the 1/48th scale Heller F/RF-84F kits, for F-84F and RF-84F aircraft in the "NATO" camouflage schemes. The same subjects are available for 72nd scale on sheet D7232. I purchased this decal set by mail order from Meteor Productions; however, they recently informed me they no longer carry the Daco Products line.


This is a "one-sheet" set with a second smaller sheet that is provided as corrections to the main sheet. The subjects of the sheet are implied, from the artwork, to be F-84F FU-133 (Z6-L) of 23 Sqn, F-84F FU-84 (8S-C) of 31 Sqn, F-84F FU-63 (063) of 2 Sqn, F-84F FU-73 (073) Sqn not listed, and RF-84F FR-21 of 42 Sqn. Unlike sheet D4833, this sheet does not have any serial numbers or nose codes. Those are available as generic numbers on sheet D4835 or D7235 for 48th and 72nd scale respectively to enable the modeler to create any number in the FU- or FR- series. Also, the sheet hints that other aircraft numbers are appropriate to model as it states "Thunderstreaks FU-181 till FU-197 are equipped with a shorter type of tail (30 cm shorter)." The Heller F-84F kit has a shorter tail than does the Monogram kit. However, there are other substantial differences in the kits, so I make no claims as to which is correct to use for these various subjects.

These are exceptional decals. They are as finely printed as any I've seen. Interesting to me is that the main sheet has some of the finely detailed markings printed out of register. That is not unusual in itself; how many decals sheets provided with kits -- or even after market -- that are out of register? Too many. What is unusual is that this vendor has obviously felt obliged to "correct" the problem by providing the "second" sheet with the "offending" decals reprinted. I suggest some of the other vendors could learn something from this. This sheet contains numerous data and stencil decals -- over 140 by my count.

The instruction sheet is provided in color with notes pertaining to the correct FS numbers for the paint schemes illustrated. Also, there are notes listing the years various NATO schemes were used by Belgium.

Daco F/RF-84F NATO Decal Sheet

Daco Products' "NATO" scheme decal sheet for F-84F and RF-84F aircraft that served in Belgium.

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I consider these Daco Products decals to be among the best I've seen. And, as the vendor had the courtesy to provide a second correction sheet rather than be content to provide only the out-of-register decals on the main sheet, I consider these fairly priced at $11.50.

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