Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Best of the Best - Top Gun

Published: October 26th, 2019     
Best of the Best - Top Gun
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fightertown Decals

Ok to start off, WOW! Now that I got that out of the way Fightertown Decals always produces great sheets with multiple marking options. This one is one of the best yet. This was previously released but this set has been adjusted to fit the Tamiya kit, as well as, any other F-14/F-18 kit, and this sheet even includes some new aircraft.

'Top Gun'- the movie, has produced more dreams in the minds of little kids of my generation than any propaganda movie ever. I know I was in love with the high speed, low level flying and the good story. Okay so it wasn't believable, but it was a good story. Anyhow the aircraft, especially the F-14, was the actual star of the movie. With the new Top Gun 2 being made currently the interest is sure to grow again, even if Maverick will be flying an F/A-18.

Tomcats at War-Pt 2 - F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats

Published: October 26th, 2019     
Tomcats at War-Pt  2 - F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fightertown Decals

Navy jets can be boring in their all grey color schemes, however, that is not always the case. The CAG birds tend to get the full color treatment, hence this sheet and the title of Showboats. These aircraft sported all kinds of markings at different times in their lifecycle.

With the release of the Tamiya, and now the AMK F-14 Tomcat kits, there is a need for some colorful markings for them. Fightertown Decals has the answer for those markings.

Fightertown Decals has produced decals for 14 different aircraft. Well that isn't quite true. They provide markings for eight aircraft at different timeframes to show 14 different marking options. Fightertown produces some great looking Tomcat decals. This sheet is no different.

MiG-21F-13 Decals

Published: October 12th, 2019     
MiG-21F-13 Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Iliad Design

The MiG-21F-13 was the first operational version of the fighter. It was used throughout the Soviet sphere of influence. It was used in the deserts of the Mideast to the Jungles of Vietnam. Trumpeter's kit of the F-13 is a really nice kit but the kit decal options could use some updating. Enter Iliad Design and this sheet.

Packaged in a ziplock bag is a single sheet of instructions. Printed on a double-sided page are seven aircraft from around the world in full color. The instructions show left side profiles and upper plan views. There are descriptions and FS callouts for each aircraft.

The decals themselves are very well printed. I'm not sure who printed them. They are thin on the sheet and it perfect register. The colors all look accurate. There are no stencils included but the national markings and individual aircraft markings are.

The first aircraft is from the Chinese PLAAF with Love Live Chairman Mao on the nose.

The next is a famous MiG-21, the one that an Iraqi defector flew to Isreal in 1966.

Another Arab MiG is the next, a Syrian aircraft from the 1973 Arab/Israeli war.

Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Fightertown Decals

The F-14 Tomcat, was a movie star and retired way too soon. This beautiful fighter led a long and distinguished career and sported some unique color schemes. At the end of its service life it was predominately shades of gray. That doesn't mean it was a dull collection of markings, just the opposite. Some of these grays made for some colorful markings.

Fightertown Decals has been producing some great decals for the F-14 Tomcat and this sheet is no exception. Included in the marking options are 6 Squadrons with 16 marking options. There are at least four different variants of grey paint schemes on these subjects.

The decals and instructions are packaged in a large Ziplock style bag. The instructions are printed on high quality bond paper in full color, on three double sided 8.5x11 sheets. Each aircraft is shown on both sides, as well as, upper and lower plan views. Each aircraft shows where all the individual markings are applied.

Vietnamese Spads (I)

Published: September 25th, 2019     
Vietnamese Spads (I)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: AOA Decals

This particular sheet is part one of AOA's Vietnamese Spads series. They offer this sheet in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. The subject options on this sheet are: