Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks.

Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets.

F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
F-16C Alaskan Splinter Part II
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics offers decals in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scales for most modern US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps military aircraft. There are also sheets for some Russian, Chinese and British modern jet aircraft. In addition Two Bobs offer a 1/48th scale T-2C Buckeyes and a T-45C Goshawk, a publication and sanding sticks.

Their website incudes images of their decals sheets so the buyer will know what is being purchased. One nice feature that I really like is the inclusion of the FS numbers for the various camouflage color schemes on their full color instruction sheets.

Steve Ritchie and Friends Decals (Limited Edition)

Published: May 16th, 2018     
Steve Ritchie and Friends Decals (Limited Edition)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: Werner’s Wings

IPMS/USA recognizes one of our own, Floyd Werner, for providing this sheet set for review and I personally applaud our reviewer corps leadership, John Noack and Phil Peterson, for sending them to me for review. Floyd is well known for his expertise in the WWII Luftwaffe genre, as well as his personal exploits flying Snakes in the U.S. Army. This sheet was sponsored by Kitty Hawk, the much-maligned (but in my opinion) EXCELLENT company which provides us with products which would NEVER have seen the light unless they took the plunge. So you have to work to make them to personal standard? Huff... part of the price of admission. ( I swear if you give these guys a new, free Lexus they'd complain about the new car smell)

To Glen Coleman and Joe Lortie, I don't know you but owe you guys a beer for making these kits and this sheet a reality. Ignore the flamers and naysayers, they aren't paying the bills to make your goal of constantly improving and being one of the best Model companies out there a reality... every new kit is better than the last. THANKS!

USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Parts 1 & 2

Published: May 9th, 2018     
USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Parts 1 & 2
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

Decals designed for Tamiya P-51D, but should work for any 1/72nd scale kit.

There are more 'new to me' companies out there than I can shake a stick at. One such company is LPS Hobby from Brazil. This group has been making after-market decals sets for a 1/72nd scale aircraft for some few years now.

[On a side note: Being part of the IPMS/USA review corps affords the opportunity to get your hands on some of these company's items without added expense or well... any expense. Something to think about.]

The subject of this missive is two sets (Part One and Two) of after-market decals for USAAF camouflaged P-51D's. The subjects are all from the 363rd Fighter squadron, 357th fighter Group stationed at Leistin, England in 1944.

The specific aircraft included in Part One are:

  • Mary Alice flown by Pilot Captain Atlee Manthos
  • Frenesi flown by Pilot Lt. Col. Tommy Hayes
  • Missouri Armada flown by Pilot Captain John England

The aircraft featured in Part Two are:

Tuskegee Mustangs

Published: May 9th, 2018     
Tuskegee Mustangs
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby from Brazil has a new set of 1/72ndscale after-market decals for several P-51 aircraft that were assigned to the famed Tuskegee Airmen. These markings were carried by aircraft while that unit (332ndFighter Group) was stationed at Ramittell, Italy during 1944.

The markings are for:

  • Dearly Beloved (P-51D), flown by 1Lt. Earl Lane
  • Janice (P-51C), flown by 2Lt. Paul Green
  • Apache II (P-51C), flown by 1Lt. Henry Perry

All of the P-51's assigned to the Red Tails were in natural metal and as such would have had all the attendant markings and stencils applied. LPS Hobby didn't miss that detail and has provided all of the markings and stencils as well as a comprehensive application guide. LPS Hobby has included only one complete set of stencils with this decal sheet. Aside from the obvious stencils on the fuselage and wings, LPS Hobby has also provided the markings and stenciling found on the prop blades and drop tanks. A much appreciated detail often lost in this scale.