Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

T-38C Heritage Talons Decals

Published: May 22nd, 2020     
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48

Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering the Heritage Schemes for the 50th Anniversary of the T-38 in USAF service. You get a total of 5 camouflage schemes, covering an overall grey, a South-East Asia scheme, an Aggressor/Air superiority scheme, a two-grey with a blue fin, and an overall white scheme.

The instruction sheet (printed in full color) it is truly huge at 11"x17" and it includes color callouts in FS standard, plus Testors, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Xtracrylics, and Mr.Paint making finding the right paint color a breeze.

The decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too.

From an inspection to the decal sheet, I think it is possible to actually finish all the airframes in the sheet. I think the hardest thing will be to choose which camouflage to finish it on. But why choose? You can make them all. Kudos to Two Bobs for allowing that!

Highly recommended. You will have an astonishing T-38C in your display area.

I would like to thank Two Bobs decals and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

F-15E Big, Bold and Nasty Tigers Decal Set

Published: May 21st, 2020     
F-15E Big, Bold and Nasty Tigers Decal Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48

Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering the 2018 deployment of the 391st to the Middle East to support Operation Inherent Resolve. During the deployment, 18 airplanes got individual mission markings and nose art.

The instruction sheet (printed in full color) it is truly huge at 11"x17" and it includes color callouts in FS standard, plus Testors, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Xtracrylics, and Mr.Paint making finding the right paint color a breeze.

As a "bonus" typical loadout is included, this will help you create an accurate model during their deployment in the Middle East.

A point to make is that they provide two different set of stencils, one for the Revellogram and another for the Great Wall Hobbies. Kudos to Two Bobs for doing that!

The decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Two Bobs decals and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Gloster Gladiator Mk. 1 in Foreign Services

Published: May 7th, 2020     
Gloster Gladiator Mk. 1 in Foreign Services
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

Recently I had the pleasure of tackling ICM's new Gloster Gladiator aircraft kit in 1/32nd scale. As is, the kit comes with a couple of British Air Service options for early World War 2 campaigns, but if you want something a bit more exotic, ICM has answered the call with a new decal sheet offering markings for four different nations which also used the Mk. 1 - China, Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands.

All of the decal combinations offered are essentially fairly basic, with national markings and a few letters and numbers as well. Of these, only the Norwegian markings require some preparation, as the red of the marking bands needs to be painted on before decaling. The simplicity of this decal set permits you to easily add aircraft- specific details either from your spare decal stock or paintbrush if you have another particular vehicle in mind. In addition, the national markings are useful for a number of aircraft in this scale - I'll be using the Greek and Belgian markings on a couple of Hurricanes I've been meaning to make, for instance.

Starfighters in Combat

Published: May 6th, 2020     
Starfighters in Combat
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton - IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Decals is a firm based in Canada that produces decals for many subjects in both 1/48 and 1/72 scales. Printing is nicely done with all colors in register and true. They're traditional water slide configuration, are thin and look good.

The sheet carries markings for seven F-104s. All aircraft depicted are combat aircraft.. There are a variety of schemes worn by these warriors, so there is a nice selection of colors and nationalities present. There are three USAF birds, two of which that were flown in the Southeast Asia scheme that were based at Udorn Thailand in 1966-67 during the Viet Nam war and escorted F-105s into action. The third one is a sleek looking bird in white over ADC gray that has an interesting back story, with the pilot being held as a POW in China for about 8 years!!

Foreign 104's includes two Pakistani birds, one obtained from Jordan, One being victorious and the other going down in defeat. A Canadian built G model in Republic of China markings is an interesting inclusion, and finally a Turkish G model flown during the Greek Turkish Cyprus confrontation in 1974.

More Air National Guard Mustangs

Published: May 5th, 2020     
More Air National Guard Mustangs
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design has a newly released set of decals for 1/48th scale P-51D Mustangs in various National Guard markings. Upon receiving the decal set for review I contacted Iliad Design and asked if there was a specific P-51D kit for which the decals were designed to be used. I was informed that the decals could be used on any P-51D on the market. I bought an Airfix P-51D to use as the test bed for this review. This is not a review of the Airfix kit, but I should mention that it has a great deal of detail. I mention this detail because the decals would be put to the test to see how well they "fit" over, and into, this detail. I will mention that I enjoyed the Airfix project immensely and found it to be a model that I could recommend to anyone who is looking for a good Mustang.

The Iliad decal sheet includes tail codes, fuselage markings for National Guard units from four States, nose art (when called for) and the usual Star and Bar national insignia. This decal sheet does not provide stenciling. Stencil decals and a few other markings will be added to the Mustang later, but all the decals seen in the accompanying images are Iliad decals.

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