Twobobs Aviation Graphics

 F-22A Rolls of the Dice Raptors decal sheet

product # 72-071

Review by Steve Bamford on Apr 4 2008

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This decal sheet from Twobobs features 3 different F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf AFB way up north in Alaska.  The first thing I had to check out was whether ARC's favourite Raptor pilot was featured on the sheet and I'm pleased to see that he is.  The planes included on this sheet are airframes # 05090, #05093, #05096 in Sept 2007 at Elmendorf AFB with the 90th FS. 

The 90th FS celebrated their 90th anniversary in August of 2007.  In its 90 years of existence, the Air Force's fourth oldest fighter squadron was renamed 14 times and inactivated for nearly two years in the late 1940s-early 1950s. Its members have flown biplanes, attack and cargo aircraft, bombers, and fighters for the last 34 years. The squadron "Pair-o-Dice" has had 41 home stations in its time. The Dicemen have participated in many major conflicts, including World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm/Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom.   (this info is from the http://www.elmendorf.af.mil website)

This decal sheet will be welcome by all 1/72 jet aircraft modellers as it features the highly advanced F-22 of the USAF.  Aircraft #90 has shadows behind the "AK" on the sides of the tails and the "90 FS" lettering.  The two other aircraft have the more lo-viz markings.  You get 3 complete set of stencils and as usual the decals are printed by Microscale, so you know you're getting very high quality with years of decal printing experience.

I was impressed to see the "Diceman" artwork of two "playing dice" on the tops of the tail as well as on the side of the engine intakes although the markings are very lo-viz. 

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The instructions are clear and include 4 views of each aircraft.  The decals are beautifully printed on 1 decal sheet.  Paint codes are called out in FS #'s, Testors MM, Humbrol, Gunze Sangyo, Xtracolor and Xtracrylics.  You also get 11 colour walkaround photos of the real aircraft as well as one big photo of the F-22 in flight with a F-15 above snow covered forested landscape.  

Special thanks goes out to Maj. Michael "Waco" Cabral and SSgt Mattie Hans for their help gathering references for this decal sheet.

This is a much welcome decal sheet of this very special jet and the inclusion of Waco's aircraft makes this a must have decal sheet for all 1/72 jet aircraft modellers.

This sheet is available through http://www.twobobs.net/ and select US Hobby Shops.  Overseas customers can purchase these from Twobobs site or through Twobobs network of overseas distributors.  Remember, shipping is always FREE to US Customers at Twobobs!! 

Steve

Photos and text by Steve Bamford