Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

MiG-21MF Stencils

Published: March 17th, 2019     
MiG-21MF Stencils
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When Eduard released its first 1/72 MiG-21MF kit last summer, it continued its recent trend of splitting the decals into two separate sheets, one with the unique markings for the aircraft depicted in the kit, the other being a full sheet of stencils. This method not only simplifies the decal printing process when Eduard decides to release additional boxings of the kit with new markings, but it also allows Eduard to release the stencil sheet as a stand-alone decal sheet.

The sheet provides complete, and I mean complete, stencils for at least two models, depending on whose aircraft you are building. This is due to the fact that on some MiG-21MFs most of the airframe stencils are done in black, while on other aircraft, they are in blue, and others have almost no stencils at all. You will need to check your references to see which color you need. The decal sheet provides a full set in each color so you can do decal one with black stencils and one with blue ones. There are also a number of stencils in red which seem to be common to both stencil styles and there are enough of these for two aircraft as well.

Spitfires Part 1

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Spitfires Part 1
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: Multiple
Company: Fundekals

If you're as big a fan of Spitfires as I am, you're going to REALLY love this product by Fundekals. Labeled "Spitfire Part 1" this product is actually two and a half sheets of decals, packed with markings. Frankly, I've never encountered a more useful decal sheet for Spitfires than this one.

Twelve different sets are included in this package (as well as numerous extras) covering everything from Spitfire Mk. 1s from the Battle of Britain to late-war Mk. XVIes. Not only British Spitfires are offered in the mix, but American Eagle Squadron aircraft are included as well. It does NOT, however, include walkways and stenciling, although it does include the gun patches associated with each aircraft.

The details have been meticulously researched, and the 27-page instruction booklet (found online only) includes historical pictures of each aircraft depicted, along with notes and information on how schemes were worked out or analyzed by the Fundekals team. Each aircraft is depicted with 4 views so there's no question about the camouflage scheme or other details that might be missed otherwise.

Vietnamese Spads (2)

Published: January 30th, 2019     
Vietnamese Spads (2)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: AOA Decals

The Vietnamese use of the Skyraider during the conflict is much the same as the US. It used the Spad, or Sandy, in close air support and Combat Search and Rescue.

The Tamiya kit has been out for quite some time now and we've never really had a wide variety of options to mark it with. Well AOA has fixed that. This is the second sheet designed for the Tamiya Skyraider. These decals will fit any model of the Skyraider with just a little bit of trimming on the fuselage stripes. They are purposely slightly longer to work that way and you may need to trim them to fit.

This sheet comes in a large ziplock baggie with the decals and instructions being protected from the elements. The instructions are printed in full color and offers side views, as well as, top and bottom plan views for ELEVEN aircraft. This sheet covers aircraft that were painted similar to their US counterparts. This sheet has Spads painted in overall grey, then like the US Navy versions of grey over white and USAF Southeast Asia paint scheme. There is one unique VNAF paint scheme with a medium green painted over a darker brown and green.

Vietnamese Spads (1)

Published: January 30th, 2019     
Vietnamese Spads (1)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: AOA Decals

The Vietnamese operated the AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders alongside their US counterparts. The Spad, or Sandy, was actually developed in the waning hours of WWII. It saw service in Korea and Vietnam. Capable of carrying a variety of ordnance and still having long loiter times the Spad was a vital part of the Air Rescue operations of the US and Vietnamese. Close air support was the name of the game and the Vietnamese were sold Skyraiders and they used them as effectively as their US counterparts.

The Vietnamese deployed the Skyraider in a variety of paint schemes. This first sheet covers the Skyraiders from 1962 all the way up to 1971 with some really colorful schemes.

The decals come packaged in a large ziplock baggie with two double-sided 8.5x11 full color instruction sheets. There is an additional information sheet on the general stencils. There are markings for TEN aircraft. The paint schemes range from overall light grey to Southeast Asia paint scheme to a very unique brown and green pattern. The tail bands add a flare for color seldom seen on US planes.

EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

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 markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 (white decal hard to see in picture) on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet (third decal sheet) on the tail.

The three sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included on a second sheet insert. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

This is one of the most comprehensive decal sheets I have seen. Very fine work from Two Bobs and that is what I have always seen from them.

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