Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

Decals for RCAF Sunderlands in Coastal Command

Published: June 11th, 2012     
Decals for RCAF Sunderlands in Coastal Command
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology has re-released their Sunderland decals in 1/48 as “Updated and Expanded.” This package contains a single standard size decal sheet with markings for three aircraft and national markings for one.

All three aircraft are Sunderland GR.III models and are as follows:

  1. EK591:  Aircraft 2*U of 422 Squadron RAF Coastal Command, Castle Archdale, Ireland early-mid 1944
  2. DD859:  Aircraft 3*G of 423 Squadron RCAF, RAF Coastal Command, Castle Archdale, Ireland August 1943
  3. ML825: Aircraft AB*D of 423 Squadron RCAF, RAF Coastal Command, Castle Archdale, Ireland September 1944

Included with the decals is a very well done, four-page set of directions which includes the decal placement guide, color callouts, and some historical data for each aircraft included. All three of the aircraft included with this decal sheet are responsible for sinking German U-Boats in WWII.

JASDF 40th Anniversary UH-60J Decals

Published: June 11th, 2012     
JASDF 40th Anniversary UH-60J Decals
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hobby Collective

New to the modeling world is Hobby Collective. This excellent decal sheet covers the 1/72 JASDF UH-60J helicopter in 40th Anniversary markings.

Included in the bag are one decal sheet and a double-sided direction page.

The decal sheet itself is slightly larger than a standard sheet and includes markings for a single helicopter (UH-60J 28-4556) from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force in markings to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the group. The aircraft is very colorful in white over yellow with markings of a dragon on both sides of the fuselage.

The directions are all in Japanese but, with a few minutes of study, the modeler can determine what needs to be done. One side is printed in color and has FS color callouts and decal placements. The back is black and white and includes the decal placements for the stencil data of the aircraft.

Decals for Canadian-Built Mosquitoes

Published: June 11th, 2012     
Decals for Canadian-Built Mosquitoes
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

This excellent decal sheet contains markings for five aircraft – all Canadian-built Mosquitoes!  Included in the package are one standard size decal sheet and a double-sided full color directions page which includes some brief historical data and individual aircraft information.

Aircraft included are:

  • DHC Mosquito B.XX “New Glasgow” KB162
  • Mosquito B.VIII (KB315) “The Spook” US Markings & serial number
  • DHC Mosquito B.XX KB195
  • Mosquito F.B.26 KA406 as the 1,000th Mosquito built by deHavilland Canada
  • Mosquito F.B.26 (FB1) purchased by the Chinese in 1948

The decals are well done, and printed in perfect register.

I highly recommend this decal sheet to anyone looking to build a Mosquito that is a little different than the rest. Iliad Design has done a great job of picking some unique aircraft that will look great on the contest table or in your display case.

Thank you to Iliad Design for the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Instrument Dial Decals for Early Soviet Jets

Published: June 6th, 2012     
Instrument Dial Decals for Early Soviet Jets
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements’s line of cockpit details now includes a 1/32 scale set of decals that provides an assortment of instrument dials found in early Soviet jets (MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19, MiG-21, Su-7 and early Yaks).  These decals are remarkably detailed and provide a quick solution to adding much to those blank circles that are molded on many kit instrument panels.  The decals can be either placed behind the respective positions molded on clear kit instrument panel, over opaque molded instrument panels or placed inside the instrument openings found on some kits.  Application of a decal setting solution is recommended by the manufacturer.  Sixty-two individual dials are provided (2 each of 31 different ones) in this set for 1/32 scale models.   The instructions packaged with the decals provide a full description of each of the instruments on the sheet.  Also included is a small clear sheet of acetate that a modeler may punch out and place over the decal dial face.  Some builders may find it unnecessary to take this step if they are accustomed to adding a drop of Future over decal instrument faces…but, it’s a nice thought to

A-26 Invaders- Invading Esquire Girls - Part 1

Published: May 26th, 2012     
A-26 Invaders- Invading Esquire Girls - Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Bombshell Decals came on the decal scene with …well, a bang.  Their latest release is based on the Monogram A-26B Invader.  The glass nose version was used in Korea and was quite colorful with its overall gloss black paint scheme.  The subjects of this sheet are two aircraft which sported Esquire girl nose art. 

The decals are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are in perfect register and will respond well with setting solutions.  In my opinion, Cartograf decals are the best in the world.  The decals are on a single sheet of 5.5” x 8”.  You can see the quality in the decals by looking over the Esquire girls.  They are perfectly rendered and are some of the best looking pin-ups available in decal form.  They have perfect shading and blending to make them exactly like the real thing.  Beautiful work by Bombshell and Cartograf.  This is the new standard for nose art.

F-104G "Graffiti" KLu/RNethAF

Published: May 22nd, 2012     
F-104G "Graffiti" KLu/RNethAF
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14033
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dutch Decal

This decal sheet is a “supplementary” set, meaning that it contains the “graffiti” used to mark up a specific F-104G, that being # D-8337. The markings inside the package do not include the national insignia, data, stencils, and other standardized markings that one would most likely find on any F-104 flying in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Existing Dutch Decal markings that can be used to mark your F-104 prior to the “graffiti” being added is a product from Dutch Decal, product number “DD48043”. Just so you’ll know, these same markings are available in 1/72nd scale and 1/32nd scale, including the supplementary graffiti sheet.

The broadside, or “instruction sheet” if you will, included in the product package, contains a 4-view drawing that illustrates the location of the graffiti markings. While there is some text in English, you simply do not need any of the text to locate and apply these decals.

F-18 Super Hornet Upgrade Set

Published: May 20th, 2012     
F-18 Super Hornet Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Afterburner Decals

This set of “upgrade” decals is another product by Afterburner in a long line of high-quality decal sets. Designed for the Hasegawa F-18 Super Hornet, this Upgrade Set provides well over 100 markings, stencils, instrument panel faces, restraint harnesses, and even red landing gear door edge markings for the awesome Hasegawa Super Hornet.

This set of decals easily achieves all of the standards for high quality decals. The decals do not allow for underlying colors to bleed through after application. Registry is dead on, and the decal proportions are correct and proper. There is very little carrier film that will need to be trimmed away. The sample taken from the sheet indicated that the decals are strong enough to withstand some handling during the application process, and yet thin enough to adhere to any raised or engraved detail upon which the decal is placed. The sample was treated with SolvaSet and did not show any sign of a negative reaction. 

These decals were printed by Cartograf of Italy and, as with other Cartograf work, I am very impressed with the quality.

RCAF Mosquitoes

Published: May 19th, 2012     
RCAF Mosquitoes
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

The Squadron - The Mosquito was flown by 100 RAF, four RAAF, two USAAF and one RCAF squadrons, plus 45 other units.  The RCAF unit was the 418 "City of Edmonton" Squadron

This squadron was formed at Debden on 15 November 1941 in the night intruder role, equipped with Bostons.  However, work up was slow and it was early spring 1942 before the squadron was fully operational, flying its first mission on March 26th.

As well as flying the standard Boston, it also used examples armed with a solid nose mounting 20mm cannons which proved to be quite effective in the night fighter role.  In May 1943, the squadron converted to Mosquito VIs and, on 15 September, 1943, performed in the escort fighter role to a force of Lancasters from No 617 Squadron attacking the Dortmund-Elms Canal.

Aggressor Squadron F-15C/D Decals

Published: May 19th, 2012     
Aggressor Squadron F-15C/D Decals
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Afterburner Decals

In a single word, “Wow”! This set of decals is recommended for the Hasegawa F-15C/D in 1/48th scale and can be used on the Academy kits as well. Afterburner also points out that the package includes markings that can be used on the Tamiya 32nd scale F-15.

The product package includes three sheets of decals, one sheet being rather small and including three decals of the 57th Fighter Wing logo. The remaining sheets contain markings, stenciling, and other markings that one may choose from.

Markings are provided for the very unique Digital Splinter Scheme, the Blue Flanker Scheme and the Desert Flanker Scheme. Additionally, included within the Desert Flanker Scheme, there are markings for aircraft flown in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012. Blue Flanker markings include aircraft flown in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012.

Decals, in order to be of “high quality,” must possess certain characteristics.

A-26 Invading Esquire Girls Part II

Published: May 17th, 2012     
A-26 Invading Esquire Girls Part II
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio, IPMS# 45186
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Keep them coming, Bombshell Decals! The decals Bombshell produces is what the current industry needs, nose art of pinup girls and nicely done! They inspired our service men under wartime conditions and appear to carry on some sort of inspiration for modelers to recreate these aircraft in miniature. There is absolute minimum flash in these decals. No trimming is necessary but a reminder that they should be placed on a smooth finish, preferably glossy. All the numbers and letter designations big and small do not have flash background extended around the complete decal. The flash is a center band enough to maintain character spacing and alignment distance. There are no signs of color overlap, which makes the decals crisp and clear. This is very obvious just looking at the nose art ladies. You can actually see blended skin tones and hair highlights.

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