Twobobs Aviation Graphics | F-16C Cripes A Mighty

Reviewed by Mark Proulx

Twobobs Aviation Graphics has just released new markings for the 352nd FG commemorative aircraft. This scheme was previously released as part of a 1/48th scale F-16C sheet, 48-013. This new decal sheet combines 1/48th and 1/32nd scales as a single subject release.

The history of the149th FS, 192nd FW of the VA ANG can be traced back to the 352nd FG, also known as the "Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney". This colorful, blue nosed F-16C was painted to honor the last reunion of that group. It is dedicated to the memory of George Preddy, 352nd FG pilot and The Top Mustang Ace of WW II.

The instruction sheet provides a number of photos of the aircraft to serve as a valuable reference for the model builder. Also included are complete profile views and detailed painting instructions.

The decals are printed over two pages. They are printed by Microscale and are in perfect register. Limited stencils are supplied, as there are few on the actual aircraft.

Having studied George Preddy's aircraft in great detail for many years I can attest to the fact that this scheme really captures the spirit of his final Mustang, Cripes A'Mighty. Art Snyder, Preddy's crew chief, applied many of the subtle painting details to the Mustang and they are faithfully represented.

Sadly, George Preddy was lost due to friendly fire on Christmas day, 1944 while in a low level pursuit of a Fw 190. This specially designed paint scheme serves as a reminder to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The scheme is certainly out of the ordinary and this striking F-16 would make for a welcome addition to any model builders display shelf. Consequently, I recommend these accurate decals without hesitation.

Review sample compliments of Twobobs Aviation Graphics.

© Mark Proulx 2007

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This review was published on Saturday, July 02 2011; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016