Hi Rowan ,
Thanks for this quick answer. No wonder these grey backgrounds are close trimmed because on the real airplane, each line composing the stencil to be applied on dark surfaces (Black-Dark Blue) received a gray background, gray corresponding to the gray of the original camouflage. In short, a real painstaking job!
If this is also the case on the ZM decal sheet, then this is a first. I don’t think Fine Molds has come this far with their new 1/72 “Phantom Forever” F-4EF Kai. I personally have the Hasegawa 1/72 version. The decals are superb but the stencils which must appear on the dark parts, to paint oneself, are given in black on a transparent background. So black on black equals invisible!
For your information, the decoration given by ZM is the last one which was adopted around mid October 2020. Originally (April 2020) the painting scheme was the same, except for the stars which were black and, these becoming invisible from certain angles, they were changed to metallic silver-gray in October for more visibility.
Now, seen from a distance, these stencils applied to dark colors appear white.
If all this has been done on decals by ZM or Cartograf , it is a first !
That only could decide me to buy this Limited Edition of this beautifull blue bird !
I wish you a nice time building this kit.
Al the best.