Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Saab AJ/JA-37 Viggen Decals

Published: June 10th, 2015     
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

TwoBobs Aviation Graphics have been around for years, and have built a solid reputation for producing some of the finest after-market decal sets in the industry.  Chances are, if you’ve been around aircraft modeling for a while you’ve used some of their products already.  Their recent release of a set of 1/48th Viggen decals was meant to coincide with the recent Tarangus release of a JA-37 Viggen in the same quarter scale. 

The decal set under review comes in a sealed plastic envelope that contains two sheets of individual markings covering the following nine different aircraft:

USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 2

Published: May 27th, 2015     
USAAF Camouflaged P-51D, Part 2
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby has been producing many decal sheets of previously unavailable markings, previously incorrect markings and some unusual markings.  This particular sheet is no exception.  This sheet provides markings for three camouflaged P-51’s which were over-painted with what is believed to be RAF Dark Green and Medium Sea Gray.  The decal sheet is printed by Microscale and is in perfect register.

The first aircraft is P-51D-5-NA, “Tangerine”, piloted by LT Henry A. Pfeiffer, 364FS, 357FG, Leiston, England, Autumn 1944.  The second is P-51D-10-NA, “Master Mike”, piloted by Lt. Col Joseph E. Broadhead, 362 FS, 357 FG, Leiston, England, January 1945.  The last aircraft, and the one I chose is P-51D-15-NA piloted by Major Howard D. “Deacon” Hively, 334 FS, 4FG, Debdon, England, December 1944.

The reason I chose the latter was because the under surfaces were left in natural metal, plus I love the red nose and tail.  It also gave me good reason to get out one of my Tamiya Mustangs and have a go at it.

B-29 Antennas and AN/APQ-13 Radomes

Published: May 23rd, 2015     
B-29 Antennas and AN/APQ-13 Radomes
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Thanks to Brengun for providing this upgrade set for the Academy B-29; and to IPMS USA for sending it to me to review!

This is a very simple set which is designed for the Academy 1/72 B-29, but could also be adapted to the Airfix B-29. 

Consisting of two resin Radomes, and a fret of PE antenas, this will go a long way towards improving the plastic items in the kit. 

First, the Radomes.  The AN/APQ-13 antenna fit were used on some B-29’s early on; the later “bathtub” radome is in the kit, and you need to check your sources before you commit to installing these radomes.  The resin is flawless, with easy to remove Pour stubs.  The only thing you will need to do is hold a sheet of sandpaper over the assembled model fuselage, and sand the appropriate curve into the mating surface of the radomes before installing with epoxy or superglue.  Very easy.

Venturas in Canada 3

Published: May 20th, 2015     
Venturas in Canada 3
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology’s Venturas in Canada 3 provides complete decal markings for eight individual late-production Ventura GR.Vs in Royal Canadian Air Force, Western Air Command service in the last two years of WWII.  An 8-page black & white documentation/instruction booklet is supplied in the set describing the subjects in great detail and providing painting and decal application instructions based on photographs of the actual aircraft.  It’s worth noting that several of the Venturas in this set were featured on the silver screen during the filming of the movie Son of Lassie at RCAF Station Patricia Bay in 1944.