Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

P-61B Black Widows- 414th, 418th and 422nd NFS

Published: November 18th, 2013     
P-61B Black Widows- 414th, 418th and 422nd NFS
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: SuperScale International

Super Scale International through Squadron Products continues its decal releases for HobbyBoss' excellent 1/32 P-61 with a set for three options for P-61B's. Inside the package, you get a page of full color instructions and a nicely done decal sheet printed by Cartograph.

P-61B Black Widow Decals- 548th NFS, Iwo Jima

Published: November 18th, 2013     
P-61B Black Widow Decals- 548th NFS, Iwo Jima
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: SuperScale International

If you want to dress up HobbyBoss' excellent 1/32 P-61, Superscale decals give you three options for P-61B's based on Iwo Jima from the 548th NFS. Inside the package, you get a page of full color instructions and a nicely done decal sheet printed by Cartograph.

The instruction sheet contains paint and marking schemes for three planes all of which are black with red spinners and cowlings which match the red plane numbers. The planes are:

  • "Lady in the Dark", P-61B-1-NO, S/N 42-39408
  • "Midnight Madness", P-61B-1-NO, S/N 42-39404
  • "Cooper's Snooper", P-61B-2-NO, S/N 42-39454

There are placement guides for the excellent nose art and unit markings and also the national insignia. The nose art in two cases are very well done pin-up girls.

The decals are beautiful and perfectly in register and also include propeller markings, plane data and pilot data. Cartograph makes excellent decals and I am sure these will apply very well.

An excellent set of markings that give much needed variation to the HobbyBoss kit. Highly recommended. My thanks to Squadron Products and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these decals.

Boeing 720 - Aer Lingus Markings

Published: November 17th, 2013     
Boeing 720 - Aer Lingus Markings
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Two Six Decals

The Aircraft

The Boeing 720 is a “downsize” of the Boeing 707, with a smaller fuselage.  It was used for short-haul routes where the 707 wasn’t economically feasible.  It was built from 1958 to 1967.  The 720 was a money-maker for Boeing because all of the development and testing was done on the 707.

The Two Six decal set.

You get markings for one of three Aer Lingus B-720s, EI-ALA, EI-ALB and EI-ALC.  The decal sheet is complete down to the little shamrocks on each side of the jet intakes.  These are laser printed decals, but they are separated on the backing sheet, so you don’t have to do a lot of trimming and cutting to get the markings off the sheet.

Instructions

The instructions are a little on the sparse side, but I found a great photo of EI-ALC on Airliners.net, which was larger than the instructions, and gave me a pretty good idea of what went where. 

Kawasaki Ki-100 Otsu Part 1

Published: November 15th, 2013     
Kawasaki Ki-100 Otsu Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33563
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike has produced this set of decals for he recent RS Models Ki-100 kit. They can also be used for the FineMolds kit but the producer does not that there might need to be some modification.

In the package, there is one decal sheet which covers the five aircraft. The decals are printed by Cartograph and beautiful, in register and colorful.  Also included is the sheet with five full color profiles of the aircraft and their histories and information which is wonderfully researched. Last is a page indicating the paint colors and also the stencil placement and reference sources.

The planes covered are:

Ki-84 Hayate Part 2

Published: November 15th, 2013     
Ki-84 Hayate Part 2
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals continues its superb line of 1/72 decals with 5 options for the Hasegawa kit. The decals are perfectly in register and are printed by Cartograph. The instruction sheets are superb being full color and having side profiles of all five aircraft. There is also a very thoroughly research paint scheme and stencil instructions.

The five aircraft represent the following:

  1. Army Transportation Unit, 2nd Hikotai, Ohta AB/Gunma Pref flown by Lt. Shuho Yamana with a white tiger on the tail, Fall 1944
  2. 57th Shinbu-Tai, Shimodate AB/Ibaraki Pref flown by Corporal Hajime Shimizu, May 1945
  3. 2nd Chutai, 85th Sentai, Hankou AB/China flown by Lt Col Yukioshi Wakamatsu,  December 1944
  4. 105th Fighter Training Hikoutai, Kita-Ise AB August 1945
  5. 50th Sentai, 1st Chutai flown by W.O. Yojiro Obusa, Phnom Penh AB, Indo-China April 1945

These decals are superb with excellent subjects, research and execution. Being printed by Cartograph means they will apply well also.

USN/USMC Phantom II Walkways Decals #1

Published: November 14th, 2013     
USN/USMC Phantom II Walkways Decals #1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Superscale International

Superscale Decals is now owned by the excellent people at Squadron Products, and their latest release is this sheet containing four different sets of walkways for 1/48th scale Phantoms. Both the wing and top of fuselage walkways are included. The set is printed by Cartograph and is beautifully in register and glossy.

The sets included are:

  1. Black outlines with the walkway language
  2. FS36231 Gull Gray with black outline and stenciling
  3. FS36231 Gull Gray with no outline and with stenciling
  4. FS36118 Gunship Gray with no outline and with stenciling

The instructions are well done, in color, and show the needed location of the decals.

This set is highly recommended and will go really well with older Phantom kits or the newer Academy kit. My thanks to Gary Newman and Squadron Products for the chance to review these great decals, and to IPMS USA for the opportunity to do so.

F-4B Phantom II VF-32 “Swordsmen” Decals

Published: November 14th, 2013     
F-4B Phantom II VF-32 “Swordsmen” Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

Super Scale (Squadron Products) has released and excellent new set of decals for the Academy F-4B Phantom. This set covers an F-4B from the VF-32 Swordsmen aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CFA-67) circa 1970.

The decals come with a single sheet of colorful decals and include the markings for BuNo 152972. The national insignia are also included, along with some specific stencils. The decals are printed by Cartograph and are perfectly in register and very colorful. The highlights are the large yellow/black tail flashes and sword on the rudder. The intake warnings are colorful and also included.

These decals are a great addition to the excellent Academy kit. Highly recommended. My thanks to Squadron Products and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these decals.

California License Plate 1963-2012 Decals

Published: November 11th, 2013     
California License Plate 1963-2012 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Warbird Decals

Warbird Decals is known just for that, its airplane and warbird decals. This release is a new venture and is for 1/24 scale cars. It features California license plates from between 1963 and 2012, and comes with the background on the color and style changes. This set contains 112 license plates covering the different styles. Eight of these are pre-lettered, but the remaining 104 are blank. Below this are the letters you use to customize the plates to your liking.

To customize a plate, pick the appropriate letters and color and cut them out. Warbird has provided a line indicating where the lettering should be located. Drop the letters on the plate (and there are great instructions on how to accomplish this) and let dry. The decal can then be applied with your own customized license plate!

The printing and alignment are superb. This set is highly recommended to all automotive modelers looking for some California Dreaming!

My thanks to Warbird Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this set.

S2F-1 Tracker Decals

Published: November 8th, 2013     
S2F-1 Tracker Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models started to release decals in 2011 and has released some of the neatest and best markings to come out in the last couple years. Kinetic’s S2 Tracker is a neat kit and everyone I have seen build is exactly the same color – gull gray over white. While that's an attractive scheme, Caracal Models dug deep and gave modelers another option.

The Trackers on these sheets have decals for two S2F-1’s with the large radar above the cockpit but in overall gloss sea blue. There are two separate markings:

  • BuNo 133320, VS-21 from the USS Princeton in 1956
  • BuNo 133258, VS-20 from the USS Princeton in 1956

Both planes are overall blue with black anti-glare panel and deicer boots. The radome is also tan. The decals come in a single sheet and are colorful, well printed, and awesome.

F-4B Phantom II VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” Decals

Published: October 25th, 2013     
F-4B Phantom II VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: SuperScale International

Right on the heels of Academy’s release of their long-awaited 1/48th scale F-4B, Super Scale comes out with a great sheet depicting the ever-popular Jolly Rogers markings.  Sadly, there is only one set of markings on the sheet and there are no stencils.  The aircraft depicted is BuNo 151506, which was the CAG’s aircraft while on the USS Independence in 1965.  Though having nothing to do with the decal sheet, this aircraft was later lost on January 10, 1968, due to an aircraft accident while assigned to the USS Ranger.

The decals are typical Super Scale Decals that we have been using for so many years.  They are extremely thin, have nearly no excess decal film, and they appear to be in perfect register.  These decals are printed by Cartograf of Italy, so we know they are of high quality.

My thanks to Squadron and IPMS/USA for the review samples.