Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Outrider Mosquito F.II & FB.IVs - 333 Sqn

Published: December 7th, 2016     
Outrider Mosquito F.II & FB.IVs - 333 Sqn
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology describes themselves on their EBay store as producers of  well researched  books, decals, decals 'n docs sets, and docs primarily for scale aircraft model makers who work in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 scales. This is a great description of Aviaeology as they produce first rate decals with exhaustive research and all geared towards modelers.

This set covers 333 Squadron of Mosquito F.II's and FB.VI's from 1943-45 and specifically covers 8 different airframes. They are:

Combat Scooters Part 4 - USN/USMC A-4E/F Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: December 4th, 2016     
Combat Scooters Part 4 - USN/USMC A-4E/F Skyhawks 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. This particular sheet focuses on Trumpeters very nice 1/32nd scale A-4 kit and is Part 4 of the Scooter decals. This set is similar to the first three parts with coverage of USN/USMC A-4's with three choices of colorful squadrons and also a choice of aircraft with and without the later avionics hump. There are also different time periods represented for each of the squadrons so there are a total of six options. The options are:

VF-143 Pukin' Dogs: Taproom 102 USN F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War

Published: November 28th, 2016     
VF-143 Pukin' Dogs: Taproom 102 USN F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals has filled another void in the decal world by producing a set for VF-143 Pukin', and covers one specific airframe, BuNo 155887, call sign "Taproom". The decals cover three cruises:

  • USS 1969-70
  • USS 1971-72
  • USS 1972-73

One note directly from their web site caught my attention. For the 1972-73 cruise, this aircraft also bore the name of VF-143's XO, CDR Harley Hall, who sadly become the last Navy combat loss on 27 January 1973 flying Taproom 113 and last American to be listed as POW. While his RIO was later released, there is still controversy and contradictions surrounding the ultimate fate of CDR Hall. CDR Hall was previously Blue Angels Officer-In-Charge/Flight Leader (Plane 1), he and his Blue Angel team were featured in the 1975 documentary Threshold - "The Blue Angel Experience." One of the first things you note about all AOA decals is the depth of the research and passion which they devote to it.

F-15C Repo Eagles

Published: November 28th, 2016     
F-15C Repo Eagles
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs has been giving us awesome decals for a very long time now, and this latest set is designed for the wonderful Tamiya 1/32 F-15C kit. These markings represent the F-15C's from the 65th Aggressor Squadron from Nellis AFB. When this was squadron was disbanded, the F-15's were sent to various ANG squadrons. The planes from this sheet were sent to the 144th FW in Fresno, CA hence the "repo" Eagles name. These planes still retained their aggressor markings.

Inside the package, you get markings for one of two Eagles - one in tan camouflage and one in gray/green camouflage, and one set of stencils printed on two sheets by Microscale. The printing is wonderful, and Microscale is a great choice for printing. Also included are color profiles, both left and right side as well as top and bottom profiles. There are color call outs by FS numbers as well as four various paint manufacturers. These are all done in the same format as all Two Bobs sheets. The research is well done as usual.

USN Vought OS2U-1/3 Kingfisher USS Arizona, USS Washington

Published: November 28th, 2016     
USN Vought OS2U-1/3 Kingfisher USS Arizona, USS Washington
Reviewed by: James Corley, IPMS# 35138
Scale: 1/32
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

The Kingfisher was the result of a competition in the late 1930s to replace the SOC Seagull, a biplane battleship & cruiser scout plane. The new airplane was a radical improvement over the SOC in performance and maintainability. The aircraft proved so popular with both the aircrews and shipboard crews that its immediate replacement, the SO3C Seamew, was often left behind due to "maintenance issues", and the OS2U & SOC served far longer than the Bureau of Aeronautics wanted, with most of the aviation-capable ships still using them at the end of the war.

The decals provided give the builder the option to build one of several Kingfishers:

OS2U-1 Bureau Number 1695, VO-1, USS Arizona, 1940-41 "1-O-1"

This aircraft is presented in the prewar overall aluminum paint with Orange-Yellow upper wing surfaces. This same aircraft, by September 6, 1941, was repainted in the Blue-Gray over Light Gray scheme and was photographed being recovered by USS Arizona. The same markings are provided in the kit, but the red on this sheet, is in my opinion, a much closer match to my color chips.