Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Excelsior Aztec Decals

Published: May 18th, 2017     
Excelsior Aztec Decals
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Round 2 Models

Round 2 Models has released a large 3-sheet decal set to accompany their newly revised and released U.S.S. Excelsior kit from the Star Trek series. Printed by Cartograf, these decals are commendably thin and for the most part, feature little to no carrier film to deal with. They respond quite well to MicroSol, which I used to help them conform to some of the compound curves found on the model.

These sheets actually perform two functions rather than one; first, they provide decals for virtually all of the elaborate paint scheme for this model, eliminating an incredible amount of extremely tedious masking and painting. Second, they provide surface texture in the form of tiny panels. Let me deal with these two aspects separately.

Big Scale Hogs- A-10 Decals

Published: May 4th, 2017     
Big Scale Hogs- A-10 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Speed Hunter Graphics

Speed Hunter Graphics is a part of the Reid Air Publications family and that means Jake Melampy whose owner as wells as chief cook and bottle washer. That's a great thing for all of us who love the wonderful A-10 Thunderbolt II. I have had a love affair with this plane since I first saw one fly in an air show here in Cleve. Anything but sleek, it is a workmanlike flying tank whose appearance may be different but it also the last thing you would ever want to see if you are in an armored vehicle on the wrong side and it's the best thing to see if you are looking for close air support.

F-16C WA WA WA Nellis Vipers

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
F-16C WA WA WA Nellis Vipers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Twobobs always makes great decals and when this scheme popped up on the review list and included and arctic scheme aggressor, I knew I wanted to review it and build and F-16 in those colors. Inside the package are markings for two 1/48th scale F-16's from 57th Wing at Nellis AFB. This group continues making aggressor schemes to mimic the newest schemes from our potential adversaries. In this case, the two schemes involved are the Arctic scheme with light gray/medium gray/very dark gray in bands around the jet for the first scheme and the second is the splinter scheme in blues and gray. Both jets are really nice looking but I wanted to focus on the Arctic bandit scheme.

FW-190A Balkenkreuze

Published: April 26th, 2017     
FW-190A Balkenkreuze
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 26085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This decal sheet states that it was designed exclusively for use with Eduard's outstanding 1/72 Fw 190A series of kits. The sheet provides seven different styles of Balkenkreuze, consisting of the simple white outline Balkenkreuze for the upper wings, and three options for both the fuselage and the underwing Balkenkreuze. There are the simple black Balkenkreuze outline, a solid black Balkenkreuze with a white border and the solid black Balkenkreuze with the white outline and a thin black outline outside of the white. This provides a lot of options to match the style Balkenkreuze used on the aircraft you are modeling.

As with all of Eduard's new decals, these are very thin, but strong and react extremely well to Microsol and Microset, snuggling right down over details without silvering.

While the set is marketed as being designed exclusively for Eduard's FW 190 kits, it can be used on a lot of other 1/72 scale Luftwaffe fighters as the Balkenkreuze styles provided were used on a number of fighters. I will probably pick up some extra sets to replace my Microscale sheets that are almost 40 years old!

DOGS OF WAR Part 2 US Army/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: April 16th, 2017     
DOGS OF WAR  Part 2 US Army/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals specializes in Navy and Marine Corps subjects from the Vietnam era. They have branched out slightly with the first sheet for Roden's lovely O-1 Bird Dog by adding Army/ USAF planes. Part 2 continues and goes back to the USMC and adds markings in for additional Army and VNAF planes also. Let's take a dive into Part 2.

Part 2 of the 1/32nd Bird Dog coverage includes thirteen marking options for various O-1 A/G/E Bird Dogs from the Vietnam War: