Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 2

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Another great sheet for the Eduard Albatros kit.  This one will be a pleasure to many WWI modelers.  WWI aircraft have always been colorful, but finding good quality decals has been a pain in the past.  Lifelike has helped fix that with their latest two sheets.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color.  The one thing I like is that Lifelike isn’t afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking is in question.  They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions.  A very professional and non-pompous way to do business.

This particular release, like 48-039 Albatros Part 1, has a sheet of the major propeller types used on German fighters in WWI.  This is a very valuable asset and shows the difference to the props and the manufacturers.

Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 1

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues to produce some of the finest, most colorful decals out there.  In this release they have turned their attention to the Eduard Albatros.  There are four colorful aircraft depicted.

There are two decal sheets with this release.  One decal sheet is printed by Microscale, so if you use their decal products you should have no problem.  All the decals are printed in register with good color opacity.  The other, slightly smaller sheet is printed in Japan and contains the gorgeous markings for the aircraft, such as the coat of arms.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color.  The one thing I like is that Lifelike isn’t afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking is in question.  They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions, a very professional and non-pompous way to do business.

This particular release has a sheet of the major propeller types used by German fighters in WWI.  This is very valuable asset and shows the difference to the props and the manufacturers.

A-26 Invader Decals, Invading Esquire Girls Part III

Published: August 21st, 2012     
A-26 Invader Decals, Invading Esquire Girls Part III
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

With most aircraft of WWII and the Korean War, nose art was common, though, if you are like me, you have been disappointed at times with the kit decals and their depiction of the nose art.

So along comes IPMS member Michael Kloppenburg, a graphic designer by trade, and his brand of decals!  Bombshell Decals has done a small but steady stream of some fantastic decal work with nose art that looks almost as good as the real deal.

Bombshell’s latest releases cover six A-26 Invader aircraft spread over three separate releases.  I have always liked the look of the A-26 Invader with its sleek blend of bomber and attack aircraft.  Needless to say, I was instantly drawn to these new decals from Bombshell.  The two aircraft covered in this set are

B-25J Mitchell No. 16 & 18 NEI Squadrons Decals

Published: August 20th, 2012     
B-25J Mitchell No. 16 & 18 NEI Squadrons Decals
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Dutch Decal

Dutch Decal has been producing decals of all aircraft from the Dutch Air Forces. The company started in 1986 and the decals that were produced caught on mainly for their quality and uniqueness and, according to Dutch Decal, their “sheets are silk screen printed with English instructions often in colour and if possible with photographs alongside the illustrations”.

This particular decal sheet was designed for Wingscale’s B-25, but due to lots of political mayhem (which I won’t get into), a new company called HK Models produced the B-25J kit. The decals will still work with this kit due to the fact that the dimensions have not changed.

Included in the package are the decal sheet and a two-page booklet (front & back) containing not only the placement of the decals but also the paint schemes for two squadrons of the Netherlands Air Force. Also contained on this decal sheet are eight different squadron numbers and four different squadron insignias. The carrier film is very close to the decals, so trimming won’t be necessary. The colors are excellently reproduced as well, each being in perfect registry.

RCAF Sunderlands Decals - Canadians in Coastal Command #2

Published: August 19th, 2012     
RCAF Sunderlands Decals - Canadians in Coastal Command #2
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

The Sunderland is one of my favorite flying boats.  There is something about the Flying Porcupine that just makes me go cool.  I even got a chance to see one at Fantasy of Flight during the Nationals even though it had been converted to a passenger version.

This new sheet by Aviaeology covers markings for 3 of the Mk.III versions as operated by the RCAF in Coastal Command.  All 3 aircraft scored U-boat kills. They all wear similar schemes of white fuselage sides and undersides and either Dark Slate Grey and Extra Dark Sea Grey upper camos or the later version with just Extra Dark Sea Grey.  The instruction sheet is in black and white and gives profiles and upper views of all 3 aircraft.

Aircraft of the AURI Decals

Published: August 17th, 2012     
Aircraft of the AURI Decals
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dutch Decal

This new sheet from Dutch Decal highlights several US- and English-built aircraft used by the Indonesians during the ‘50s.  The included history talks about Opeartion “Haik,” which centered on clandestine US operations in Indonesia in 1958.

Decals are provided for a very interesting set of aircraft: B-25 Mitchell, P-51D/K, C-47B, Piper L-4, Auster, Catalina, and B-26B Invader, with the standouts in my opinion being a couple of sharkmouthed Mustangs and a lovely Invader in not only a sharkmouth but also a sharktail.

Full color profiles show each scheme in detail with wing placements for the Mustangs and Mitchells.  Also included are a few small pictures displaying a few of the aircraft in real life.

Dutch Decal has a great reputation for their decals and this looks like another excellent set.  Now, maybe I need to get another Mustang for one of those sharkmouths.

I’d like to thank Dutch Decal for the sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Twobobs Decals for F-15C Digital Flanker

Published: August 16th, 2012     
Twobobs Decals for F-15C Digital Flanker
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: Multiple Scales
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Designed to replicate the paint scheme on Sukhoi Su-30 demonstration aircraft, these F-15 markings are for the only aircraft of the 65th Aggressor Squadron to be painted in this manner.  My copy of the decals has all three scales represented, 72nd, 48th and 32nd. The one thing about Twobobs products is the level of research that goes into a product.  This sheet is no different.

The instruction sheet is printed on high, full color paper and contains some small photos of the real thing.  The instructions provide a listing of the accessories that are available, and not just the ones available through Twobobs.  The background of the full color instruction sheet will aid and inspire the modeler.  The instructions provide four-view drawings that provide the modeler with an excellent reference for markings placement.  This aircraft will be a masking “fun time”.

RCAF Beaufighter Decals – Canadians in Costal Command #1

Published: August 15th, 2012     
RCAF Beaufighter Decals – Canadians in Costal Command #1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/32
Company: SkyGrid

This Beaufighter decal set is one of the latest from Canadian-based Aviaeology – SkyGrid Studio’s line of model-related products.

Upon first opening up the standard ziplock plastic bag that holds the decals and instructions, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the decals.  There are 4 sheets included in this set, covering 4 aircraft (3 of which have multiple variations).  In addition to the individual aircraft markings, a full set of national markings and stencil data is provided for one aircraft.  These decals look first-rate, with little to no carrier film except where absolutely necessary.  The decals themselves have a glossy finish and appear quite thin, but with good color density.

RCAF Mosquitoes Decals; Canadians in Fighter Command

Published: August 15th, 2012     
RCAF Mosquitoes Decals; Canadians in Fighter Command
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology provides well researched decals on four RCAF 418 squadron Mosquitoes that covers the changing markings during the service careers of these aircraft. Each subject is complete with narratives on time period and painting suggestions. The instructions and diagrams are provided on four photo copied sheets, but an email request to Aviaeology will get you a promptly sent color PDF of the instructions which will prove helpful. The PDF can be printed or sent to your tablet for reference in your model workshop, you can magnify the profiles as recommended by Aviaeology to identify the subtle shades and the finishes of these Mosquitoes. You also get a tutorial of the bombs and the racks used with complete painting guides for them. Listed below is a breakdown of the subjects.

Ju-87B-2 Stuka Decals

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Ju-87B-2 Stuka Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions’ newest release in their EagleCals line covers 2 Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stukas.  1 decal sheet measuring approximately 5 ¼” x 7 ¾” is included, along with a 5 ½” x 8 ½” folded instruction sheet that opens out to 4 times its size.

One of the two subjects is the famous “snake” Stuka flown in North Africa by 5./St.G. 2 in 1941, while the other is of an interesting winter-camouflaged Stuka from an unknown unit in Russia that carries a face within its white camouflage.

Side profiles of both aircraft are included in the instructions – these are produced in full color, and the artwork is done by noted artist Thomas A. Tullis.  In fact, according to Eagle Editions’ web site, Tom creates the profiles as well as the decal artwork for all this company’s decal sheets.

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