Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

DRAKEN International A-4L A-4K TA-4K Contract Air Services #1

Published: September 16th, 2020     
DRAKEN International A-4L A-4K TA-4K Contract Air Services #1
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting subject of privately owned company that offers airborne adversary support (dissimilar aircraft) known as "Red Air". With a fleet of over 50 aircraft, eleven airframes are McDonnel Douglas A-4 Skyhawks and the other six aircraft types range from a single Beech Baron to twenty seven MIG-21's. This sheet, from my count, will allow you to make two of ten different aircraft.

 

Punchers and Tigers, USN A-6E Intruders in the Cold War & Desert Storm

Published: September 15th, 2020     
Punchers and Tigers, USN A-6E Intruders in the Cold War & Desert Storm
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals is known for its well-researched and executed decals covering the Vietnam War and newer eras with an emphasis on USMC and USN subjects. Set 72-010 continues their growth in 1/72nd scale with Punchers and Tigers, which covers two low visibility marking periods of two Navy A-6 Intruder squadrons - VA-65 Tigers and VA-75 Sunday Punchers, with coverage spanning from the 1980s into Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Inside the package, there is a beautiful 4x7 inch decal sheet with great detail and printed by Microscale. There are full color profiles covering all six markings with details about each plane such as different lighting configurations, color call outs, and details specific to each airframe. There are also detailed top views on a separate sheet and a sheet covering paint notes, ejection seat decals, and stencil notes. All full color which is nice!

The six marking options included are:

Intruder Sandbox

Published: September 9th, 2020     
Intruder Sandbox
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:72
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals has expanded to 1/72nd scale and their second release is a set of markings for the Fujimi A-6E TRAM covering all three Intruder squadrons involved in the strikes against Libya in March and April 1986 as part of Operation Prairie Fire and Operation El Dorado Canyon respectively; also covered are two squadrons in 1991 from Operation Desert Storm. Inside the package, there is one 5.5 x 7-inch decal sheet printed perfectly by Microscale; full color profiles for all eights aircraft; full weapons and load outs specific to each plane; top profiles for each plane and also instructions for the decals for crew helmets, fuel tanks, tailhooks, formation lights, ejection seats, VA-35 MERs, & VA-55 special ordnance markings.

The Aircraft covered by these sheets are:

VMFA-323 Death Rattlers / USMC F4-B Phantoms in the Vietnam War

Published: August 10th, 2020     
VMFA-323 Death Rattlers / USMC F4-B Phantoms in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

Commissioned in 1943, this particular squadron got its nickname from some pilots who killed a rattlesnake at their first deployment at Cherry Point and then hung the skin in the ready room. VMFA-323 was first deployed to Da Nang Air Base in 1965, losing the only Phantom ever to a surface-to-air missile shortly thereafter. The squadron remained in Viet Nam until 1969, flying from both Da Nang and Chu Lai during that time.

AOA Decals is making a name for themselves with some of the very best decals found on the market. Whisper-thin, spot-on register, easy to apply and with excellent opacity, they really make for an extremely pleasant modeling experience.

VMFA-232 Red Devils / USMC F4-J Phantoms in the Vietnam War

Published: August 10th, 2020     
VMFA-232 Red Devils / USMC F4-J Phantoms in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

Tracing its lineage back to 1925, VMFA-232 Phantoms began sorties over Vietnam from Da Nang Air Base in late 1967. Flying close air support for the Marines on the ground, the Red Devils flew nearly 6,000 sorties and delivered some 6,00 tons of ordinance during their time in the 'Nam, being one of the few units capable of delivering 2,000 lb. bombs at the time. They redeployed during Operation Linebacker and lost three Phantoms during that time (one to enemy air action), becoming the last Marine Phantom unit to leave Vietnam in 1973. They finally surrendered their final remaining Phantom in 1988.

AOA Decals is making a name for themselves with some of the very best decals found on the market. Whisper-thin, spot-on register, easy to apply and with excellent opacity, they really make for an extremely pleasant modeling experience.

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