Scale  1/72
Manufacturer  Eagle Strike
Decal Sheet ID  72025
Decal Sheet Title  Vietnam War Warriors Part 1 - F-4C/D
Types Featured  F-4C, F-4D

Eagle Strike do not tend to produce many USAF-related sheets in 1/72nd scale, but this one is rather nice.

It was released in 2000 and covers 4 aircraft from the Vietnam period, being as follows:-

  • F-4D 68-782 “FA” of the 25th TFS, 8th TFW at Udorn, RTAB, 1969 in standard SEA scheme, with yellow trim on the intake scoops and nose gear door;
  • F-4C 63-7604 “XN” of the 559th TFS, 12th TFW at Cam Rahn Bay during 1969.  This aircraft carried blue/red/yellow trim on the fin and leading edges of the pylons and tanks, and also had blue/red/yellow flashes on the intakes, with “Sugar Foot III” on the nose.  This aircraft was also featured on a Microscale sheet, but the ESP version appears more accurate.  I will be using this sheet on one of my F-4C’s so check the OOB regularly!;
  • F-4D 68-723 “OC” of the 13th TFS, 432nd TFW at Udorn RTAB, 1969.  Standard SEA scheme with blue wing tank tips;
  • F-4D 68-775 “CO” of the 480th TFS, 366th TFW at Da Nang in 1968.  This aircraft had a green/white/green flash on the rudder, a green/red/blue chevron on the fuselage, green trim around the canopy and large badges on the intakes, with “The Saint” in white on a green background on the nose.

Left hand side views are provided in black and white for each aircraft, with additional details for specific color markings.

Please note that Eagle Strike do not provide much in the way of stencilling (with a limited set of stencils for two aircraft only, so you will need to get these from an alternative source.

I really like this sheet – as mentioned, I will be using at least one of the sets of markings soon, and I quite fancy a couple of the others too!

Review by Chris St Clair